The World of The Mascherari

Venezia, 1422. Doge Tommaso Mocenigo is ill. The Consiglio Dei Dieci fear he has months to live. Under his Dogeship, Venice has prospered. It is a peaceful time for the ruling patricians.

Venice trades heavily with Constantinople. She looks to the sea and to the Levant; she pays no heed to the Vatican's decrees whenever these interfere with the Republic's ability to draw profit from the Muslim lands.

Doge Tommaso Mocenigo has brought Venezia to a golden age. The Venetian ducat has replaced the Florentine florin as the leading European currency. The Republic's naval fleet is the most powerful in the Western world. She rules Padua, Verona and thrives on her Mediterranean colonies: Cyprus, Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. She has long defeated Genoa, her military rival, and remains on cordial terms with Florence.

But for some time now, an evil has settled upon Venezia. An evil with many faces.

With Mocenigo's death, a sweeping change is coming.