Olympians' Trial: Zeus
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One of the transcripts of the Trial of the Olympians that decided Asterion's fate.
Zeus, God of Thunder and King of the Gods, voted against Asterion.
"Against the defendant we have Athena, Demeter, Ares, Apollo and Artemis. In favor we have Poseidon, Hades, Hestia, Dionysus and Hermes.
A tie it is — Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hera, will you persist in your choice of abstaining? Will you look away from this essential matter, so pressing to all of us? Hera, my dear wife, has your heart not been moved by the argumentation of wise-eyed Athena or Poseidon?
Hephaestus, was it not your craft, the Threadcutter, that sparked this affair? In your mother's silence, will you not rise to the occasion to break this ruinous tie? If not then, by Gaia, look upon your wife and command her to cast a vote. It is your place as husband to do so, do not let cowardice consume you now.
Silence? Could the arguments of wise-eyed Athena and earth-shattering Poseidon not convince you? Will my call fall upon deaf ears?
By Olympus itself, will you leave it to me to break this ruinous tie? Grief upon grief, death upon death you lay on me! Hera, do not shy away now, please, I beg of you! I command you!
You leave me no other choice, then? You would lay ruin upon me?
Very well. Not even Zeus can fight necessity. Then here's my vote: let us sentence the boy already and end this wretched affair."