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Merdaneth
Amarr
Defensores Fidei
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2009.12.20 00:49:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Merdaneth on 20/12/2009 00:52:17

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This is the fourth part in a series where the everyday lives of slaves in the Amarr Empire is explored. Today we will talk with Joshua, a slave boy living on Ashab IV

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm Joshua, I've just turned eight in summer and I live on a farmhouse in the the town God's Hope. I have a little brother and a sister and we have one dog and two cats. My master is Holder Imgurrum. My mum and dad work for his overseers.

How do you like it here?
It is my home. I have a lot of fun with my friends. We often play together right after church time. Daniel is my good friend. Sometimes I get a bit bored, especially if my mum and dad have to do extra work for the overseers. Then I have to stay home and take care of my brother and sister.

What do you think of the overseers?
They scare me a little. They always look so serious, I rarely see them laugh. I think they have very hard jobs, and must work a lot. If something goes wrong, they must always take care of it.

Were you ever beaten?
Yes, several times.

Why were you beaten?
I was naughty. One time I was beaten so badly I couldn't sit straight for days. It was my own fault really.

It was?
Yes. This once I had made fire inside the house. Mum and dad had told me how dangerous it was and that I shouldn't, but I didn't really think it was that dangerous. I just made a small fire with some twig and a bit of paper but then the wind caught the paper. It landed on mums and dads bed and then the sheets started to burn. I put them out with a bucket of water, but the whole house smelled of smoke and the sheets had big black holes in them. Dad was really angry and mum yelled at me a lot. She said I had put the lives of my little brother and sister, all our lives, in danger. My dad hit my bottom many times.

Oh, so you weren't beaten by the overseers?
No! No, I wasn't. But my dad was!

The overseers beat your dad?
Yes. He had yelled to one of the overseers he told me. Stupid thing to do. He knew it was against the rules. They grabbed him and took him to the punishment place.

Didn't you think that was unfair?
No. If you break the rules, you get punished. That's normal, right?

I guess it is. How did they punish him?
I donít know exactly. My dad did not want to speak about it. But I saw his back once, it was full of bloody lines. He said it wasn't that bad, but I could see he had pain when he walked. Mum cried for a week.

Do you think they punished him too harshly?
Have you seen my dad? He is tall, tough and very strong. If the overseers had slapped his bottom like when I made the fire, he would have laughed. If the overseers did not punish him, how could he learn that what he did was really bad?

But the overseers, they can yell at you and not get punished?
That is because they are the overseers. The rules say that can yell at people like my dad.

But isn't that unfair?
I sometimes fight with Loren from the neighbours, and I call him bad names. Loren says God doesnít exist. I think that is stupid. I can call Loren the bad names because he is just a kid. But if I say the bad names to my mum and my dad, they will punish me. It is like Mum can make fire in the house if she wants, because she's the boss. But if I make fire in the house, I get beaten. That is not unfair, that is how the rules work.

Who is your hero?
I really like his Eminence the Archbishop. He is a good man and knows a lot about God and cares much for the people. Did you know his father was a slave? Maybe I can be a important person too. Did you know I was named after a Speaker of Truth?


Merdaneth
Amarr
Defensores Fidei
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2009.12.20 00:55:00 - [2]
 


Joshua, thank you for talking to us. I heard from your mum there was something you wanted to say to the Matari children in the Republic?
Yes. I pray every evening when I go to bed that the Republic will be reclaimed quickly. So donít be scared if the Amarr soldiers come to get you. They will bring you like a place where I live so we can all play together and we do not have to do mean things to each other anymore.

____

Other parts of this series available here:

True Stories Chapter 1: Diligence
True Stories Chapter 2: Holy Light
True Stories Chapter 3: Invasion



Azure Skyclad
Amarr
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2009.12.20 02:09:00 - [3]
 

Saints preserve us!

You really are a ****ing clown shoe Merd.


Revan Neferis
Amarr
Propaganda Due
Posted - 2009.12.20 02:46:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Revan Neferis on 20/12/2009 02:48:06
Interesting.

It's the first time that I hear an interview with such livestook... It may be the case because at my Estates their tongue are cut very early to avoid unnecessary issues but they are very happy like our little sub-human Joshua out there.

When my Priests asks them during our morning Rituals " Are thou happy, servants? "

They all nod pretty fast. I doubt they would exchange their life of richness food, culture and shelter for the poverty of a free Republic.

Revan Neferis
Thrice-Illustrious Sovereign
Sani Sabik.



William Caldon
Caldari
Golden Cross Enterprises
Posted - 2009.12.20 08:47:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: William Caldon on 20/12/2009 08:47:35
*senses a mob of very angry Minmatar casuleers coming to beat down Merdaneth's ship.*

an...interesting interview.

Arakidias
The Legion of Spoon
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2009.12.20 09:52:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: William Caldon
Edited by: William Caldon on 20/12/2009 08:47:35
*senses a mob of very angry Minmatar casuleers coming to beat down Merdaneth's ship.*

an...interesting interview.


Ah, that will be a fascinating spectacle. Merdaneth is not someone to be taken on lightly.

Alica Wildfire
Minmatar
Federal Investigations Agency
Posted - 2009.12.20 10:23:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Arakidias
Originally by: William Caldon
Edited by: William Caldon on 20/12/2009 08:47:35
*senses a mob of very angry Minmatar casuleers coming to beat down Merdaneth's ship.*

an...interesting interview.


Ah, that will be a fascinating spectacle. Merdaneth is not someone to be taken on lightly.


I take him everytime I can. Even if I respect his skill as a warrior that is still a lot better than my own, the time is not too far when he will leave the field when I enter it with my Claw.

This is the Matari spirit. We get beaten. Beaten often and hard. But we learn. And then there is time for prevail when we leave behind the enemies that once were scaring us.

I'll fight him. Him and the world of his.

Havohej
Du'uma Fiisi Integrated Astrometrics
Posted - 2009.12.20 10:52:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Revan Neferis
Interesting.

It's the first time that I hear an interview with such livestook... It may be the case because at my Estates their tongue are cut very early to avoid unnecessary issues but they are very happy like our little sub-human Joshua out there.

When my Priests asks them during our morning Rituals " Are thou happy, servants? "

They all nod pretty fast. I doubt they would exchange their life of richness food, culture and shelter for the poverty of a free Republic.

Revan Neferis
Thrice-Illustrated Harlot
Amarr Empire.


Pig.

Lord Maximullis
Amarr
Stillwater Corporation
Posted - 2009.12.20 19:48:00 - [9]
 

A broken child, born of a broken man.

It brings me great sadness.

Math'ra Hiede
Amarr
Trinity's Vanguard
Posted - 2009.12.20 20:29:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Lord Maximullis
A broken child, born of a broken man.

It brings me great sadness.


Something close to your heart then Mullis?
This means you HAVE a heart?

This is an entirely new development.

Lord Maximullis
Amarr
Stillwater Corporation
Posted - 2009.12.20 21:23:00 - [11]
 

Of sorts, Hiede. Perhaps you should get one, you might reconsider your allegiances, Slaver.

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2009.12.21 13:17:00 - [12]
 

Edited by: Jade Constantine on 21/12/2009 14:29:42

*off-camera the squadron of Amarrian marines lower their laser rifles that had been pointed at the boys parents kneeling in narrow trench of earth they'd been ordered to dig for their own graves if the child had faltered or deviated from the "script prompts" held up for him by another terrified slave-boy to Merdaneth's right. Propaganda done for the day the disease-ridden capsuleer hobbles unaided to his shuttle with the whine of his cybernetic leg-braces the only thing to break the sullen silence as the soldiers depart.*

"Joshua" (real name Jarid-Nawik) remains kneeling for a time until his father approaches and comforts the child with words in the forbidden Matari language speaking of the time of liberation and their destiny in the stars above. The boys face is dark, his features drawn as he watches the departing shuttlecraft and swears an oath to himself that before he sees his own child humbled in this way all the Amarrians of this world will be dead and scattered and knives scarlet with slaver blood hung proudly at his family's hearth.

The shuttle dwindles to a single point of light and then is gone. And the boy looks down to his fist clenched tightly around a small emblem wrought crudely in brass and tin. Its a simple five-pointed star enclosing a stylized human figure with the three words "dare to dream" printed across the diagonal.

The star-points have left deep indentations in the flesh of his fingers and palm. Pin-pricks of blood where he clenched his hand at the horrible words the Amarrian cripple had him speak.

And he remembers something the visitor told his father the month before.

"Freedom is painful, freedom hurts, freedom is the dizzying absence of order and pattern, a gut-wrenching plunge into the unknown but through it all, freedom is all there is worth striving for in this and all the worlds beneath the stars."

He hadn't understood the words then. How could something painful be good? How could something that hurts us be worth seeking?

But now looking across to his mother picking herself from the mud of her own grave and feeling his father's face burn with shame at his shoulder he knows the truth of the words and the shape of the dream he will dare as long as life and breath remains in his body.

Lord Maximullis
Amarr
Stillwater Corporation
Posted - 2009.12.21 14:19:00 - [13]
 

I very much doubt that the child was under duress, that makes it all the more terrible.


Merdaneth
Amarr
Defensores Fidei
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2009.12.21 15:54:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Lord Maximullis
I very much doubt that the child was under duress, that makes it all the more terrible.




The child was not at all under duress. It is a typical Fractionist notion that people that do not believe as they do are under some kind of pressure. The situation sketched by ms. Constantine says more about how she would imagine that convincing other people would work. I do not appreciate the brute-force and open threats approach apparently favored by ms. Constantine, but I it fits well with her abrasive character.

The interview was carefully selected out of many hundreds of similar interviews as being one of the most illustrative.


Lord Maximullis
Amarr
Stillwater Corporation
Posted - 2009.12.21 17:56:00 - [15]
 

The fact that he was not under duress only makes it worse. To live with no free will under faceless and nameless overseers is many people's defenition of a living hell.

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2009.12.21 21:26:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: Merdaneth

The child was not at all under duress.



As ever I do not accept your word and declare you a liar in clear view of the intergalactic summit. And so it goes.

Azure Skyclad
Amarr
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2009.12.21 22:22:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: Merdaneth
Originally by: Lord Maximullis
I very much doubt that the child was under duress, that makes it all the more terrible.




The child was not at all under duress. It is a typical Fractionist notion that people that do not believe as they do are under some kind of pressure. The situation sketched by ms. Constantine says more about how she would imagine that convincing other people would work. I do not appreciate the brute-force and open threats approach apparently favored by ms. Constantine, but I it fits well with her abrasive character.

The interview was carefully selected out of many hundreds of similar interviews as being one of the most illustrative.




The only thing illustrative about it was the fact it was carefully selected. If it was illustrative of how good things were on your side of the fence Merd, you wouldn't need to carefully select anything.

Folks as dense as you have a much better role in life: as reactor shielding.




Nauplius
Amarr
1st Praetorian Guard
Posted - 2009.12.21 22:50:00 - [18]
 

Originally by: Lord Maximullis
The fact that he was not under duress only makes it worse. To live with no free will under faceless and nameless overseers is many people's defenition of a living hell.


God demands obedience. Nothing demands that obedience be offered freely; in fact, blessed be the well-raised slave who has been trained to follow God's will without reflection ó he cannot help but be found worthy by God.

Lord Maximullis
Amarr
Stillwater Corporation
Posted - 2009.12.22 00:27:00 - [19]
 

I don't believe in your God. To attempt to justify suffering based on a myth, handed down by men is beyond ludicrous.

Archbishop
Amarr
PIE Inc.
Posted - 2009.12.22 09:53:00 - [20]
 

Originally by: Jade Constantine
Originally by: Merdaneth

The child was not at all under duress.



As ever I do not accept your word and declare you a liar in clear view of the intergalactic summit. And so it goes.



An interesting story of the lad Joshua and his life in service to God and the Amarr Empire. Some may call him "broken" but all I see is an obedient and understanding child who will grow to perhaps one day be an Ammatar.

As for the fiction this child was under duress I will point out to the hypocrite Jade Constantine-Neferis that it is the Star Fraction who has a history of threatening people with violent war declarations to "get their way". The stories of fractionist "diplomats" demanding "proper surrenders" under threat of campaigns of endless dock camping warfare are very well known. Likewise the fact many have spoken out against Star Fraction and it's hypocritical tactics here only to be met with arguments to "meet us in space" would seem to indicate duress, violence and intimidation are the staples not of the Amarr Empire but of the anarchists.

Just an observation...

Archbishop

Wayward Daughter
Minmatar
Posted - 2009.12.22 10:12:00 - [21]
 

Lord Merdaneth,


On behalf of both myself and the many other former slaves of the Empire, thank you so very much for this interview series. I feel it is very important that people outside the Empire realize that our institutions bear little resemblance to the barbarism alleged against it by the heretic and the unclean. If they may be permitted to see the Truth, not obscured by lies and propaganda, then perhaps they may be enlivened to pursue the righteous path towards salvation.

I pray that God will grant you the strength and resilience to continue with your good works, and I pray that those souls presently enslaved will suffer through their bondage with patient endurance, be purged of their impurities and come to accept Him and His Words so that they may become enlightened and join with the rest of us as citizens of the Empire and Brothers and Sisters in Faith.

For it is written,
Originally by: The Scriptures, Book of Missions 42:5

Only through many hardships
Is a man stripped to his very foundations
And in such a state
Devoid of distractions
Is his soul free to soar
And in this
He is closest to God

Jade Constantine
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2009.12.22 16:31:00 - [22]
 

Originally by: Archbishop
the usual piffle ... Star Fraction and it's hypocritical tactics here only to be met with arguments to "meet us in space" would seem to indicate duress, violence and intimidation are the staples not of the Amarr Empire but of the anarchists.


Of course unlike you were have never condemned propaganda of the deed so your accusation of hypocrisy is rather flacid at best. Still, we'll disagree as always and I'll remind the child that he will be free soon. Perhaps he is even free already. Love can achieve with a single word what a lifetime of hatred fails to manage. A thought you might consider as you settle alone to your supper.





Merdaneth
Amarr
Defensores Fidei
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2009.12.22 20:15:00 - [23]
 

Originally by: Wayward Daughter

I pray that God will grant you the strength and resilience to continue with your good works, and I pray that those souls presently enslaved will suffer through their bondage with patient endurance, be purged of their impurities and come to accept Him and His Words so that they may become enlightened and join with the rest of us as citizens of the Empire and Brothers and Sisters in Faith.



Thank you for the compliments. My editors are busy with a new story right now. I fear it will be a bit hard on us loyalists, as it will tell the story of a Matari ex-slave who is not happy with what the Empire did to him.

Lord Maximullis
Amarr
Stillwater Corporation
Posted - 2009.12.22 20:29:00 - [24]
 

A rather common one.

Revan Neferis
Amarr
Propaganda Due
Posted - 2009.12.22 20:37:00 - [25]
 

Originally by: Merdaneth
Thank you for the compliments. My editors are busy with a new story right now. I fear it will be a bit hard on us loyalists, as it will tell the story of a Matari ex-slave who is not happy with what the Empire did to him.


Whe you say "What the Empire did to him" using the past, I have to ask if the interviews are compiled and related to the period of a throne-less Empire or now under the ruler-ship of Jamyl I? Obviously the slaves are alive now to speak but what they tell is related to past or present and if both, do they make sure to distinguish it?

If related to the actual Empire under Jamyl, I'm sure that such interview could be viewed as heretic and most likely wouldn't pass the approval of Amarr authorities to be released here.
We don't want to see anything Bad spoken about the Empress and the Empire under her rulership, do we now? Specially because they would automatically be lies.
Unless you are working some free-independent press now? No, that would be too much of a modern concept for a PIE member to embrace. Or not?

Anyway, would be interesting to know.

Revan Neferis
Thrice-Illustrious Sovereign
Sani Sabik

Merdaneth
Amarr
Defensores Fidei
Curatores Veritatis Alliance
Posted - 2009.12.22 23:09:00 - [26]
 

Originally by: Revan Neferis

If related to the actual Empire under Jamyl, I'm sure that such interview could be viewed as heretic and most likely wouldn't pass the approval of Amarr authorities to be released here.


I'm sure that conversing with you will be much more likely to have me viewed as a heretic.

Revan Neferis
Amarr
Propaganda Due
Posted - 2009.12.22 23:17:00 - [27]
 

Edited by: Revan Neferis on 22/12/2009 23:41:03
Originally by: Merdaneth
Originally by: Revan Neferis

If related to the actual Empire under Jamyl, I'm sure that such interview could be viewed as heretic and most likely wouldn't pass the approval of Amarr authorities to be released here.


I'm sure that conversing with you will be much more likely to have me viewed as a heretic.


Strange you say that. I'm sure you are prepared to remove Rodj Blake and Archbishop and half of your corporation because of this statement.
You really don't want to go that way for your own sake.
Besides, are you just for a minute, implying that Jamyl Sarum have taken a wrong decision when asking for my oath of loyalty that so far, at this very moment stands unbroken by both parts?
As it stands, my authority to call you as heretic is much stronger than yours, to call me as such. After all, I was never excommunicated by the Amarr Empire,and no matter what you think or not think, you hold no authority to claim the contrary.

Besides that, I am one of the last still living pilots to have taken oaths directly from House Sarum at the halls of Dark Seraph.

What about you?

Anyway, I'm not here to stir your sensibilities. Would be much more honest from your side to simply answer the questions.
Or are you simply saying that you don't have the answers?

Even Jamyl with all her supposed heresies as your corp so loudly professed before her return, have you now licking her boots. There are no reasons to pretend anymore Merdaneth.

Revan Neferis
Thrice-Illustrious Sovereign
Sani Sabik

Lord Maximullis
Amarr
Stillwater Corporation
Posted - 2009.12.22 23:43:00 - [28]
 

Originally by: Merdaneth

I'm sure that conversing with you will be much more likely to have me viewed as a heretic.


What about conversing with me Merdaneth?

Revan Neferis
Amarr
Propaganda Due
Posted - 2009.12.22 23:44:00 - [29]
 

Originally by: Lord Maximullis
Originally by: Merdaneth

I'm sure that conversing with you will be much more likely to have me viewed as a heretic.


What about conversing with me Merdaneth?


He will answer half heretic. And Jade 1/3 heretic.

Wait and see.


Revan Neferis
Thrice-Illustrious Sovereign
Sani Sabik

Dak Hakin
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2009.12.23 01:17:00 - [30]
 

Truly, truly disgusting. You are nearly as depraved as Rodj Blake and Archbishop. I would almost think you three share a bed, but I imagine little Joshua knows who you share your bed with.


 

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