Olympians' Trial: Apollo
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One of the transcripts of the Trial of the Olympians that decided Asterion's fate.
Apollo, God of the Arts and the Sun, voted against Asterion.
"My dear family, I have thought much about this issue — in fact I have been following the hybrid boy's history even before his demise. I am gifted, after all, with the dominion over prophecy, and there were many worrisome things happening in the island of Crete.
I have said this time and time again, and shall do so until you understand the importance of it. First there was Ouranos, who fathered Cronus and was in turn overthrown by him. Then Cronus had his own offspring and you, my most respected forebears, know of his demise better than I ever could.
There is a pattern of unblessedness here, my dear family. Without exception, the new generation of gods has overthrown their predecessors. Now we — and I really mean we, for I am just as guilty of this as any other Olympian — have generated troops upon troops of demigods wandering the planet.
Lady Athena, I cannot say it was right of you to exterminate Poseidon's lineage as you did. But neither can I fault you for the overzealousness, for this truly is a matter of utmost importance for our continued existence.
I do not believe the hybrid's boy character warranted his extermination. He seems meek and pious, I struggle to believe he of all mortals would rebel against us. But the boy had the Threadcutter with him, the axe that can kill even an immortal. He wielded it, mastered it, and that is exceptional. By that fact alone he was a threat to all of us, so I cannot fault Athena for doing what she did.
Now, do I believe this boy deserves the punishment Athena designed? I cannot in good conscience say 'yes,' but neither can I deny that her solution is pragmatic. Her dominion is over strategical warfare, and what she did has wisdom to it.
Hear me: we should, we must punish Asterion of Crete, so that all other demigods are deterred from rebelling against Olympus. They must know that swift punishment shall fall to any and all who would threaten an immortal's life.
So, my vote: we must punish Asterion of Crete. We must create the prison realm Lady Athena proposed. It is prudent and a good bet. A measure of unblessedness and grief shall come out of it, but that is an acceptable cost.
On top of that we must learn a harsh lesson: the time for us to dally about, fornicating with mortals, has come to an end. If we continue to do so we may be repeating Ouranos' and Cronus' mistake — as consequence sentencing ourselves to the most grievous doom.
So, once more, I cannot say exterminating Poseidon's lineage was the right thing. But it was not without wisdom, and now that we are here, knee-high steeped in blood mixed with ichor, we might as well go all the way."