I write now in the early years of the twenty-first century. It is, I am told, an enlightened time. People in this day consider themselves modern and forward-looking. Yet there is something of which most of you are ignorant, a central facet to the world that goes almost unnoticed, and when observed, almost always explained away as something other than what it really is.
This is not some new development. In fact, it is very old. Originally hidden in myth and legend, it did not begin to come out of the shadows until about two hundred years ago. But even then, even before then, some knew. There were always some who knew.
Prince Hamlet knew. He even dared to speak of it. He was rewarded for his courage with madness and death.
I have seen behind the mask, too. Only a peek, but enough to know that I cannot hold the knowledge within myself. I must record it. Read on, and learn.
To its practitioners, it is known as the Secret Science.
This science is not “science” such as you were taught in schools, but rather the older sense, the Greek sense of knowledge.
The “secret” part has two aspects. The first, and foremost, refers to the riddles of power that make up the masked yet true nature of reality. The second is the hidden nature of the work of these practitioners, which is largely the result of the activities of Clan Lethe, who shall not be named again herein. I have already tempted them too much.