Olympians' Trial: Hestia
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One of the transcripts of the Trial of the Olympians that decided Asterion's fate.
Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth and Home, was in favor of Asterion, but could not vote, since she is not one of the Twelve Olympians.
"My beautiful Athena and dear Poseidon, both of you spoke well tonight, better than I ever could. I wish I had the same gift of speech to deliver a fine vote for the ages. But the hearth is humble, and so is what I have to say.
Here is my vote: no, I do not find the hybrid boy guilty. All the arguments I heard tonight hardly matter to me. You see, Asterion of Crete prince was my finest worshipper. He made an art out of hospitality and tending to the hearth. While it is true he committed a grave mistake, his sacrifice was greater — greater than I ever thought of asking. So when he was judged in the court of Hades I sent him my favor. Tonight and tomorrow will be no different.
hat is my vote. But hear me now, My dearest family: there is no reason for us to fight and argue over this boy's fate. He died and lingers in Hades, as all mortals are fated to. Their courts left no stone unturned. By dredging these old bones we gain only spite and humiliation.
My beautiful Athena, you and your heroes achieved a victory which will be sung for ages — is that not enough? Poseidon's lineage lay in ruins, his children and grandchildren killed by your heroes' hands. Must you lay ruin even in their afterlife?
Bright-Eyed Athena, victory is already yours and nothing is gained with this trial. So, by all that is fair, let us cease this contentious affair and leave all memory behind."