Masked figures watched us as we passed, their blank demeanours highlighted and ornamented with gold and silver. Coloured lenses occluded their eyes and reflected the light of our torches.
For all that ours were the only light sources, these figures went about their business seemingly without pause. We saw ledgers being scribed, food being prepared in long trenchers and conversations apparently stilled at our approach, but all in total darkness. Very politely, they watched us pass, and then as the gloom returned they continued about their business.