The King’s Celebration – 5/6
Noam whispered under his breath in pain, “It’s nothing important. He’s simply making the same speech he makes every year. We will proceed with our plan.” He sighed with relief when the Hermonion high official’s grip on his arm loosened.
King Gorion raised his right hand once again and waited for the people to quiet down. “I am honoured to announce that our kingdom, the kingdom of Orr, shall have a new king from this day forth. It has been decided by the Royal Counsellors that my younger brother Noam shall inherit the throne today. You shall regard him as the rightful king of Orr and pay him homage as you would to all the honoured kings of Orr in the past. I am deeply saddened to leave you and my beloved kingdom, but I must take leave for a while until God calls me back…”
Noam cut off the king’s speech by clearing his throat loudly. He muttered under his breath so that only the king could hear him. “Your majesty, your words no longer have any power. They will go to the grave with you.”
King Gorion suppressed his emotions and announced to the people. “Now, let us welcome our new king to the throne!”
Six servants brought a golden litter in the shape of a throne chair on their shoulders and set it between Noam and King Gorion. It was a replica of the Golden Throne in the throne room of the Marvelous Castle. Two other servants placed a purple and gold woolen carpet in front of the golden throne chair. Noam bowed to King Gorion and led him to the golden throne.
“I, King Gorion, the twenty-second king of the kingdom of Orr, shall now pass on the crown to my younger brother, Noam.” King Gorion announced to the people once seated on the throne. “However, due to the interest of time, this ceremony shall be condensed and will only include the most essential elements of the traditional coronation ceremony. Let us begin by singing ‘God bless the king’ with the Royal Chorus.”
Music arose from the ground floor of the castle and mingled with the crowd’s solemn chant. All the people of Orr sang with one voice. The Hemonion soldiers among the people of Orr watched the ceremony with great respect.
When the people finished singing, music continued to play in the background. Noam knelt down in front of King Gorion and bowed his head to the ground. King Gorion rose from the golden throne and anointed his brother’s head with oil. He then placed his golden Royal Crown on Noam’s balding head. A servant came and held out a golden sceptre atop a gold-embroidered, purple velvet pillow. King Gorion held the golden sceptre with his right hand and waved it above Noam’s head three times, “May God bless the king with his favour. May God’s face shine upon his chosen king. May the king rule in righteousness and justice. May God grant him prosperity and add years to his life. May the king live forever in the presence of God.”
King Gorion then led Noam to be seated on the golden throne. He placed the golden sceptre in Noam’s right hand and bowed down on his knees. He declared in a loud voice so that all the people could hear him, “Long live the king!” The Queen and Ayden bowed down on their knees toward the king and said, “Long live the king!” All the servants on the balcony did the same and declared, “Long live the king!”
“Long live the king! Long live the king! Long live the king!” The people of Orr bowed down on their knees in the place they were standing and worshiped the king. The Hermonions did not bow the knee to any king other than their own, so the high official paid respect by bowing his head from the waist up. The Hermonion soldiers did the same as their high official and declared with their overpowering voice, “Long live the king! Long live the king! Long live the king!”
Noam’s face gleamed with joy when he saw the entire kingdom of Orr bowed down to him. There were a million people gathered outside of the Marvelous Castle that day, not counting the Hermonion soldiers. He relished the moment of glory before he stood up from his long-awaited throne to make his speech. A servant amplified his message to the crowd because his dry and raspy voice did not project well.
“My beloved citizens of Orr! I stand here today with great honour and responsibility, but also with a heavy heart and deep regret. First of all, I would like to pledge to you my allegiance and service for the rest of my life. I will do my utmost to be the best king that our kingdom has ever known!” He paused for the crowd to applaud and cheer.
“Second of all, I wish to announce and make public to you all the great tragedy of our Royal Family. Your former beloved King Gorion has committed multiple crimes, which are beyond pardon according to the Law of our kingdom. I will not publicise the details of his offences because they are too shameful to be mentioned in public. All I will say is that it is a personal tragedy to lose such a wise brother to the temptations of sin. After extended discussions with the Royal Counsellors, we have reached the conclusion that it is best to send him into exile, and be delivered into the hands of the Hermonion king.”
Noam glanced pitifully at his older brother who stood quietly next to him, “Gorion is never to set foot in the kingdom of Orr ever again. Disobedience of this Royal Decree will be punished with capital punishment according to the law of the kingdom of Orr.” He gazed down at the people with sorrow, “However, Gorion’s household is innocent from all the crimes he has committed. It is not just to impose the same punishment upon them according to our Law, especially our beloved Queen Nymphna and Prince Ayden. After much deliberation, I have agreed to fulfil my duty as a younger brother to the former King, and to inherit all his possessions, including his wife and child.” He was suddenly overtaken by uncontrollable coughing and his face turned bright red. His servants immediately attended to him, while the people watched in anticipation and exasperation.