A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 297, Wednesday
October 24th, 2018
Chapter Three: Custom
Everything was theater.
He was a grand performer.
He had an intuitive sense for the fact that he was being watched at every moment, filmed, studied, reviewed.
He did not think about it, and yet it never left his awareness.
In the rituals of the priesthood every gesture was important.
The complex movements reenacted a narrative, and reinforced a story that encompassed the history of the Empire, and its million worlds.
It was an incredible drama, the story of every planet was told, of every class, every victory, and every crushing defeat.
The rise and fall of worlds was recounted in the liturgical cycle.
The glory of the Imperial house and the part each person played in the construction of that story was told and retold, both to terrify and to instruct, as well as to delight in and give hope.
The group participation in those rituals, led by the priests, sent waves rippling through the lives of the faithful, binding them in concentric rings.
He played his part flawlessly.
He became the singular focus of every nearly every person in the Empire, whispers began to take shape that he would lead them to a new way of life.
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