Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-six, Servant; Chapter Six, Victim

Emergence 3.0
A Novel ā€“ In One Page Per Day
Day 265, Saturday
September 22nd, 2018

Chapter Six: Victim

The Imperial powers built him up, they reveled in his celebrity. They broadcast his story in every corner of the Empire.

He was the ultimate propaganda tool.

He was the brilliant rebel, the unfailing hero.

He was the victor of a thousand engagements, the man who could endure anything.

He endured everything.

They took their time, and charted the limits of human suffering. Then took him down, crushing him absolutely.

He became a sacrifice for the Empire, a holocaust, a burnt offering.

The things he suffered went beyond physical pain.

They drove him to the brink of madness.

They put the people he loved the most into the grinder, and forced him to watch while the machinery of the torture chambers reduced them to bloody-ruin.

He would not betray them, and in turn he was betrayed by each of them.

The people loved him.

The prayers of the faithful in every temple throughout the Empire resounded with calls to free him or kill him, to bring an end to his suffering.

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