After the Artifacts Cycle, the story of the Weatherlight Saga returns to present day. Uniquely among Magic's cycles, the Masquerade Cycle doesnt follow one continuous story. Instead, it consists of three simultaneous story arcs.
Mercadian Masques by Francis Lebaron follows Gerrard and the rest of the Weatherlight crew. After their escape from Rath they end up on Mercadia. No sooner have they mourned their dead than the Weatheright is captured by the Cho-Arrim, who believe its arrival to be part of an ancient prophecy. To get it back, Gerrard allies himself with Mercadia City.
Nemesis by Paul B. Thompson follows Crovax and Ertai, who have been left behind on Rath. Volraths sudden disappearance has left a power vacuum. Belbe, a Phyrexian agent, is sent to Rath to appoint a new evincar, but the candidate will have to earn his throne in blood.
Prophecy by Vance Moore is set on Dominaria and follows Barrin and Rayne as they are sent to Jamuraa to help Teferi defend the continent from an invasion by the Keldons. In all fairness, it has almost nothing to do with the main storyline and is widely considered to be one of the worst Magic novels.
The Weatherlight Saga in concluded in the Invasion Cycle.
Tropes in the Masquerade Cycle:
- Adipose Rex: The Mercadian magistrate.
- The Cameo: Jolrael (from Mirage and Visions) briefly appears in Prophecy.
- Evil Power Vacuum: The vacuum resulting in Rath from Volraths sudden disappearance is what drives the plot of Nemesis.
- Fallen Hero: Ertai.
- Horse of a Different Color: The Mercadians ride on jhovalls, six-legged tigers. Rathi soldiers ride kerls.
- I Die Free: Haddad.
- Made a Slave: Haddad.
- Rule of Symbolism: Everything is upside down in Mercadia, with humans ruled by goblins. So naturally, the city is built on an inverted mountain.
- Series Continuity Error
- In Mercadian Masques, Gerrard mentions how an ancient Dominarian myth tells about the Thran becoming the Phyrexians. However, this is not common knowledge on Dominaria: a major plot point in Planeswalker is Urza wandering the planes for millennia because he doesn't know where the Phyrexians originated. (though it's possible that Urza's research, taking place thousands of years before Masques, could become "ancient myth" by the time Gerrard arrives)
- Also in Mercadian Masques, crewman Dabis is briefly referred to as an Icatian. However, at this point in the timeline, Icatia and indeed the whole of Sarpadia has been overrun by thrulls.
- Rath and Storm implies that Rayne is dead. However, she's quite alive in Prophecy.
- Slave Collar: Haddad gets one that will kill him when he tries to take it off.
- Off with Her Head!: Barrin beheads Latulla after she mistakes him for a slave.
- Our Goblins Are Different: As an inversion of the standard portrayal of goblins in Magic, Mercadia is ruled by intelligent goblins.
- Pinball Protagonist: Haddad in Prophecy.
- Plot Hole: Anything surrounding Ramos. He's a dragon engine supposedly reprogrammed by Urza during the Brothers' War to take refugees away from Argoth. Except at that point in time, Urza wouldn't have known how to alter a dragon engine (which itself would not have known how to planeshift) and wouldn't have had the time or motivation to do it.
- Villain Episode: Nemesis is this to the rest of the Weatherlight Saga.