Many years before, a man was
made deputy of Western Rome on behalf of the Emperor. When the man first
arrived to his newly appointed office a woman cried out “This is the man who
will restore the temples of the Gods!”
The man was in shock, for he
was not a Galilean as his uncle Constantine the Apostate or his mother Basilina.
For this man was Julian, a Hellene. A pagan. For now he was in the closet, but
even though he did not know it yet, he would one day animate the woman’s word.
Now just over half a decade
later, Julian received the news he wanted to hear. He swiftly begun to draft a
letter to his friend Maximus of Ephesus who introduced him to the very Gods
that his family abandoned decades ago.
“I worship the Gods openly and
the whole mass of the troops who are returning with me worship the Gods.” penned
the new Augustus, “I sacrifice oxen in public. I have offered many great public
sacrifices to the Gods as thanks offerings. The Gods command me to restore Their
worship in the utmost purity and I obey Them, yes and with a good will.”
Julian sat down his writing
utensil, his hands trembling in excitement. He looked to the heavens and the
Gods gave him a warm smile. Like a lighthouse guiding a ship in a storm, they led
Julian on the right path and landed him on the purple. The civil war that
erupted across the Empire had ended just as fast as it had begun, a bloodless
conflict. Julian’s cousin, the now-deceased Emperor Constantius II who had ruled
arbitrarily, the very man who years ago murdered Julian’s own father and
brother, was dead, having received Thanatos’ cold embrace in a fever far away from
any battlefield. Julian, the Caesar of the West, was now recognized as ruler
of the East. Julian was now the sole ruler of Rome.
No longer did he have to
shave. No, now he was newly bearded, with all the grace of youth. No longer did
he attend a mass to listen to the sermons of a bishop. No, now he publicly embraced the message of Heracles, the begotten son of the sun. No longer did he
scribe for someone else’s church. No, now he wrote for his Gods, his
philosophy and his temples. In his heartfelt gratitude to the Gods who he felt love for like
the family he never had, Julian legalized temples to be built again and public
sacrifice to be performed once again. Hellenism was to be made the state religion of
Rome again, and with the utmost piety.
Julian entered the capital
city of where he was born on December 11, 361 through its Golden Gate as sole Augustus
of the Roman Empire. The atmosphere was dreamy and energetic. He could hear the
cries of joy coming from his people, who appeared en masse to cheer their new
Temples were constructed and great
rituals were performed. He reformed the faith and devoutly organized it. He
wrote great literature and sang hymns of praise to the Gods. He both
refurbished the Oracle of Delphi and even begun helping the Jews rebuild the
Temple of Jerusalem. For this is the man who was going to restore the temples
of the Gods.
But his time was cut short. After
a failed campaign against an aggressive Persia at his country’s borders, he was
mortally wounded and laid semi-conscious in bed for three days. He was to die
too young to fix the world before it would stop making sense. The light in the
darkness was to fade.
An Oracle came before the semi-conscious Emperor who laid in bed. “A fiery chariot whirled among storm-clouds shall carry you to Olympus; loosed from the wretched suffering of men” spoke the wise priest, “You shall attain your Father’s halls of heavenly light, whence you have fallen and come into the body of a mortal man.”
It was June 28th that he was too greeted by a now-somber Thanatos. Serapis came before the dying Emperor and freed Julian from
his corporeal bonds. The gentle God lifted Julian’s soul towards the Islands of
the Blest; Elysium-bound, through a divine ray of light towards henosis.
Helios, the King of All, hugged Julian with warm embrace.
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There will be a part 3 to this cause i didn’t realize how many of you lovely people out there with awesome smite blogs hope you all enjoy i spend the past few days thinking of this as i reschudule everything since i returned from my trip to vist family. The third and possible final part will be posted next week the same time enjoy :3