The Masquerade

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 16:01
The Masquerade is a fictional Girl Group existing only in my imagination. Originally conceived as a superhero team, they decided to become superstars instead. Assigning themselves codenames and only ever seen en masque, their desire for privacy cultivated an air of mystique. They have released multiple albums on the themes of friendship, growing up, relationships, and girl power.

Members of the Masquerade include:
  • Phoenyx (Nixy), lead singer and main spokesperson for the group
  • Fyrespark (Sparky), lead guitarist and SFX coordinator
  • Shadowkitten (Essie), keyboardist and main songwriter
  • Illusya (Illy), rhythm guitarist and stage designer
  • Crystallise (Tally), drummer and choreographer
  • Skye, backing vocals and costume designer
  • Zephyr (Zephy), backing vocals and makeup artist
  • Starspray (Starry), backing vocals and marketing
Although they never refer to themselves as such, Skye, Zephyr, and Starspray are collectively known as the British Blondes, as they all speak with a British accent, and are, well, Blonde. They also appear together in music videos and interviews, and provide similar function in the band.

Examples:
  • Adorkable: Crystallise
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Illusya, although Shadowkitten and Crystallise both have shades of this
  • Brainy Brunette: Shadowkitten
  • British English: Skye, Zephyr and Starspray all speak with a British accent and use British slang, which sometimes confuses the other members
  • Canada, Eh?: Illusya
  • Cloudcuckoolander: the British blondes go off on odd tangents in many interviews
  • Cover Version: between albums, regularly release covers of other artists, often including a full music video
  • Deadpan Snarker: all of them, to some degree, but especially Shadowkitten and Illusya
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Skye, Zephyr, and Starspray
  • Five-Man Band: fits surprisingly well into the traditional roles, despite the extra members, if the British Blondes are counted as one
    • The Leader: Phoenyx
    • The Lancer: Fyrespark
    • The Smart One: Shadowkitten
    • The Big One: Illusya and Crystallyse both tower above their bandmates
    • The Chick: Skye, Zepyhr, and Starspray
  • Friend to All Children: Crystallise and surprisingly, Fyrespark
  • Genki Girl: all of them, but especially Fyrespark
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Fyrespark, apparently, but only when not en masque
  • Jerk With a Heart of Gold: Fyrespark is abrasive, bossy, and confrontational, but never to children, fans or otherwise. Her bandmates are often forced to explain that she "means well"
  • Little Black Dress: Shadowkitten is fond of these
  • Ms Fanservice: all of them, but especially Phoenyx, who often dresses like a '50's pin up
  • My Nayme Is: Shadowkitten is the only member without a 'y' in her name, shoehorned in or otherwise
  • The Nicknamer: ALL of them. Quite apart from their stage names, they each have different nicknames for each other, with each girl using a different naming scheme
  • One of Us: Shadowkitten is a self-confessed Directioner
  • Only Known By Their Nickname: taken to extremes, until their actual names are totally unknown, and all identifying information (like birthdays) are also secret
  • She's Got Legs: Shadowkitten and Crystallise are both fond of short skirts
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Phoenyx is affable and friendly to everyone, right until you insult one of her bandmates
  • Smarter Than You Look: despite their ditzy Cloudcuckoolander tendencies, the British Blondes do pull out moments of genius
  • Southern Belle: Shadowkitten is one of these
  • The Stoic: Illusya
  • Token Minority: hard to tell under the masks, but Illusya looks like one of these

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