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How do you interpretate title "Masked Empire"? I interpretate it like a country ruled by nobles with dirty or scandalous secrets. We saw how amoral Orlesian nobles were in the novel. Everyone wears a masks, what means everyone tries to look better in eyes of others than they really are. Liselle said that chevaliers misuse their authority to rape commoners, many also have elven slaves to rape or simply to serve with no payment, the nobles have enough money to eliminate inconvinient witnesses and bribe local police to remain unpunished to the very end. Orlesian nobles constantly plot against each other like in ancient Rome. Conspiracy is common among nobles as breathing in each nation - Orzammar, Tevinter, Antiva, Ferelden, but that's another example of shame to hide. Absurdal fashion is just another way to cover ugliness of politics. I don't buy that the empire is masked because of the masked balls and fancy costumes. I think the real masks are PRs to cover dark secrets. What do you think?FirstDrellSpectre (talk) 16:01, May 2, 2014 (UTC)

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