“…] and it was the same color as when it went in.”
Hah! But I’m going to have to cut you there, Geadf- “It’s okay.” *- because we are going to have something special now. The coronation of the Empress is just about to start, and RNR 2 reporter Telni Malfan is at Triumph Square. She’s going to give us a narration of the events in the capitol and possibly some insight. How are you, Telni?"
[Sounds of a large crowd in the background.]‘I’m fine, Vald, thank you. It’s great, sunny weather here in Estarath, just as a coronation day should be. The three domes of the Grand Hall of the Gods are shining with all their colors blazing and the Royal guard is standing in the Square. The new Empress Felyin Endaryn has not yet arrived and several thousand people from all over Tasargeria are waiting to see their new ruler.’
I’m sure everyone here at the RNR 2 would also love to be there, but this isn’t just any coronation, is it?
‘Indeed it is not. Empress Felyin, only 31 years old, will be the first lesbian ruler in Tasargerian history and her reign is speculated to be a progressive one just like her first act after she was elected when she asked the Council to pass the so-called Free Media act that allowed media to broadcast criticism towards the government, a risky move considering how much controversy her election alone has stirred.’
Indeed, and there has even been claims of corruption in the Council about the election.
‘Yes, some conservative groups have claimed that some Councilmen have been bribed or their decision was affected in some other way, though no actual evidence has been brought forth.’
I see, and I hear the security is tighter than ever.
‘You’ve heard right, Vald. Police have been ready all over Estarath and they had to disperse a small demonstration in Wellan after it got violent. However, nothing of the kind has happened here and the crowd seems peaceful from where I’m standing.’
And we hope- [Crowd cheering, drowning the starting music.]
‘The Empress’ escort arrives! Five black cars are driving to the Square. They are circling around the middle as to not damage the mosaic in the middle. As a safety measure, we don’t know in which car the new Empress is but we will see that in a minute when they stop. [Brief silence.] The cars are stopping at the steps of the Grand Hall… Soldiers in honorary uniform are stepping out and forming two lines before one of the cars. And the Empress steps into view! And… Andia Endaryn, Empress’ companion, is with her! The pair waves at the cheering crowd. They are walking up the marble stairs hand in hand with the soldiers escorting them. The Empress is wearing a long, dark purple mantle and I believe her gown is dark blue, but I was only see it at a glance under the mantle. Her hair is on a tight knot and she obviously doesn’t yet have her crown. Her companion is wearing a long, all-white dress and her raven hair flows freely on her back.’
How is the crowd?
‘I can’t even begin to describe the positive feel I’m getting from the people around me. No matter the controversy, people are welcoming their new ruler with open arms. Now the ruling pair is almost at the top of the stairs and the Grand Hall doors are opening. The soldiers stop, and the women turn to give one more wave to the crowd before stepping into the Grand Hall. The media of course can’t get in to see the ceremony so it’s back to you, Vald.’
Thank you, Telni. We’ll return to you in a while.
“Do you ever wonder what they serve at the coronation after party?”
No I haven’t actually, but it can’t be that different from normal parties, can it?
“So, shots from someone’s navel and mini-burgers?”
Hahah! Well, I think most of us don’t go to that sort of parties, Gaedf. Now for some music. Later we’ll call the Councilman of Internal Affairs and after that we’ll continue with the coronation.