Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest; Chapter Five, Ordained

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 285, Friday
October 12th, 2018

Chapter Five: Ordained

While he would have preferred to remain in the holy orders of the contemplatives, that was an impossibility.

His following stretched across the million worlds of the Empire, the people clamored for news of him, and in its absence they wove stories and legends of their own.

After years of servitude and study, he was initiated into the mysteries, and ordained into the order of the priesthood.

He became an officiant of the sacred rites.

The temples he served in were overflowing with people, people who would spend years on pilgrimages to receive his blessing.

Every day he carefully reenacted the rituals, repeated the sacred chants which the people were taught, led to eternal life, for himself and on behalf of others he performed them, opening the gates of Continuum to the dead and dying.

The Imperial cult sent him on his own pilgrimage, he visited thousands of worlds.

He handpicked the coterie who attended him. The loving sister went with him everywhere he travelled.

They stole time together in the quiet moments of the evening, during the trek between worlds. He told her stories of his youth, and the rebellion, of his service as a soldier, of the sacred moment when he had been returned to life.

She was from an exalted family, jaded and skeptical of all the sacred rites, as most of the priestly class were.

They were passionate for each other, they were loving and kind.

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