Chapter 26

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Chapter 26

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As each day passes, you become increasingly unreal, more alien and remote from
what I find myself to be on that new day. I am the only reality and, as you
differ from me, you lose reality. The more curious I become, the less curious
are those who worship me. Religion suppresses curiosity. What I do subtracts
from the worshipper. Thus it is that eventually I will do nothing, giving it all
back to frightened people who will find themselves on that day alone and forced
to act for themselves.

-The Stolen Journals

After an uneventfull night with Siona, Duncan is brought beneath Onn where he meets Leto for Siayanoq. He questions Leto again about what happened to his predecessor, Leto says he died because he was too close to himself. Of course, this doesn't satisfy Duncan. They begin their walk to the cerimonoy, Leto explains that they will all share waffers that contain a little spice, not like the Orange Catholic ritual, it is not his flesh, simply a reminder that they are all female, like Duncan is all male, but Leto is both. They emerge into a chamber eleven-hundred meters square, packed with three Fish Speakers from each planet. He's amazed at the awe and adoration expressed by the women and how and why Leto had done this. He senses the power in the room and it makes him tremble. He remembers a talk with Leto about his army, males give their loyalty to the army itself rather than its civilization, a female army gives loyalty to their leader. He feels that Leto is offering him a part of this and the temptation is monstrous. Leto puts Duncan on the spot and forces him to declare loyalty in front of the Fish Speakers. At the end of the cerimony Leto and Duncan pass throught the crowd who reach out to touch them as they pass. He felt the restrained passion in their touch and it was the deepest fear he'd ever felt.
They were destroyed because they lied pretentiously. Have no fear that my wrath
will fall upon you because of your innocent mistakes.

~Leto II, God Emperor
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