We all know that life is a party, but what if death was too? Welcome to the afterlife masquerade, where you can mingle with your fellow tethered spirits, or maybe get that last dance that you didn't get a chance to while you were alive.
All the deceased guests at the masquerade wear a mask that's somehow based around the way that they died, like one themed around smoke and ashes for someone who died in a fire, or crumbling earth for someone buried alive. The suit or gown can be a little less literal, either a thematically matching version of what they were wearing when they died/what they were buried in, or something new altogether. Only living, dreaming guests can see the masks, however.
And as for the living? Well, for the living a masquerade is a dream, a fancy ballroom full of familiar forms in beautiful masks. However, even though the voices of the people in the masks are familiar, their identities are always just out of reach. You've had worse dreams, though, might as well enjoy the music and the dancing and the company, however mysterious it is.1) You didn't get to heaven but you made it close:
There are a lot of people here, and while you're waiting for the living to join you now's as good a time as any to get to know them. You can't see each other's masks, but you can look in the punch bowls and watch those you left behind.2) Love is watching someone die:
Maybe you're bleeding out or teetering on the edge of life and death; either way, you're not long for that world, but luckily it seems like the next one isn't too bad either. Maybe you'll see a familiar face, as the masks come off.3) Almost believing this one's not pretend:
You've been having these dreams a lot lately, about a masquerade ball full of people each wearing their own colorful, unique masks. Might as well dance while you're here, even if you can't put your finger on why your partner seems so familiar...