Maintaining an enemy is the easiest way to get people to look in the same direction. Magicians do it all the time.
It’s even easier if the enemy doesn’t appear when the audience turns where directed. An audience in fear is so much easier to manipulate.
Vague fear is like an open fifth. Unresolved, unresolvable, haunting. How much power to the musician who can provide a major chord. Emotions under control.
Magicians, musicians. Manipulations and manoeuvring. We’re so used to it now, we miss it when the curtain goes up. (Just one more ‘Look, over there!’ pleeeze?)