Chapter Sixty Two
At first it was thought the Ceremony would be
held in the City Temple, but so many requests started pouring in to
attend that they thought it best to use the city's huge sports'
auditorium. Two days before he went back on duty, North took The Bread
And The Wine under extremely tight security. For this act of
acceptance of The Hashon Faith angered The Empire more than anything
2 For one who had once been heir to The Haven Throne to so turn aganst
his peoples' faith was more than The Empire could bear. Thousands swore
an oath of vengeance against North, and Haven Agents tried to slip into
The Republic to kill him.
3 Three attempts on his life were narrowly avoided in the week
approaching the Ceremony. The Empire launched a series of severe
attacks, hoping to
draw North away from the Ceremony. But North did not leave Hades, much
to their bewilderment.
4 Morn declared an official holiday the day after the Ceremony, and
everyone in The Republic celebrated. But some were also taken back by
Morn's announcement that North was leaving for Peepi. Some military
Officers protested, but it was to no avail. North was going ....that
5 Morn would NOT be swayed by any amount of pressure. The Peepian
Alliance was just too important. North had to go, and if their plans
bore fruit, it could be even more important.
6 The Morning Star was already in dock, the first time North again sat
foot on her. He was surprised when he entered the command deck and
found the Technicians working on a new command chair. A new control had
been added to the side. When it was pressed, the chair rose and
expanded, and when the button was pressed again, it shrunk down to
normal size. "What in blazes is THAT thing?"