Some of those originally involved are dead; others have left or retired. In fact, it could be said that the aisles of the Hall are already filled with the corpses of those who have tried to block die zauberflote. But there is still a remnant that persists in obstinacy, so it seems.
The players have returned, and with them, “Monostatos”. But now there is a difference. This time, everyone has the information they need. All are on the same page. Has one in management even pieced together the connection between recent events and the other lock-out? In fact, could frustration over this realization have contributed to the seemingly unnecessary harsh treatment of the players?