Olympians' Trial: Hera
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One of the transcripts of the Trial of the Olympians that decided Asterion's fate.
When called to present their votes, Heavenly Aphrodite, Crafty Hephaestus and Queen Hera abstained. After Zeus' tie breaking vote, however, Hera demanded to speak.
"Pardon me! Pardon me but now, just now I decided to enjoy my right to vote.
I listened to every word from both sides, all the finely-constructed arguments, but allow me to say the simplest truth: this trial is a farce and beneath us. There is no reason why we should question Lord Hades' judgement — to even think of doing so is a grave offense to the very laws that sustain Olympus.
In fact, this trial is so beneath us that I chose to abstain — at first. But what you have just done, husband, I cannot tolerate. You are meant to be the most fair among us, the truest Justice-giver, but here you are bowing to the temper tantrum of your brainchild.
No, don't look away. Look at me, right now. Didn't you hear what Hestia said? The boy made \"an art out of hospitality\". That is your domain, husband, and this boy has worshipped you all his life. And now you'll lay grief upon grief on his poor afterlife.
Ah, that face. Yes, dearie, that's exactly what I intend on doing. I'm not letting you out of this one. You want to break the tie, yes? To please the girl? So here's my vote: the hybrid boy must remain in Hades where he belongs.
There, husband, again we have a tie. Let's see: Zeus, Athena, Artemis, Apollo, Demeter and Ares against the boy. In favor: Hestia, Hades, Poseidon, Hermes, Dionysus and I. Aphrodite and Hephaestus abstain, correct?
Yes, a perfect tie. Ah, no, don't make that face, I'm not budging an inch. But you still might, husband, because I have the solution for you. You are meant to be the tiebreaker, and you can still play that role if you remove your vote. Just say the word and end this wretched affair.
No? Not budging? Then a tie it is. What a terrible mistake you have just done."