(Parental Guidance Advised PG13)
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Today the execution of Frantisek Voorheest was administered via guillotine at dawn (6;45am). The beheading of the convicted assassin of Empress Crystobel was an unavoidable process due to Britanian law enacted in 1679 requiring a regicide to be decapitated. That same law is now, due to the unexpected events, in the process of being submitted to parliament for augmentation. The Crown Prince Imperial himself was petitioning its change in hope of seeing his mother's murderer receiving a more humane execution. Our press photographer was allowed to record the events of the execution for documentation on this blog.
The Crown Prince Imperial insisted on attending as a means of attaining final closure. Shortly after his mother's death he had a face to face meeting with the arrested assassin and forgave him for the murder. The Prince also asked to be forgiven for his own family's part in being a symbol that inspired a man to such action. Today it all was to come to its inevitable end. Prince Christian-Victor was greeted at Tartarus Prison Complex by Warden Grant Michaelis.
Mr. Voorheest, a Serbieski ex-patriot was led calmly to the execution chamber that was especially prepared for this very unique and somber event.
The guillotine was especially brought from the Britania Museum of History, refurbished and installed in a hall set aside for the unique execution. Death by guillotine was the prescribed method by the court as it is the most humane form of decapitation known and also available.
The unknown executioner posed with the instrument of death to commemorate its last use in history. It does seem otherworldly that in 2014 a man will be beheaded and more so officially.
Only law enforcement, the warden and Crown Prince Imperial was allowed to attend the execution along with our photographer. The condemned asked for a cleric with whom he may unburden his heart and got far more than he could ever have expected.
The Mithrandir, head of the church temporal and prophet of God, felt it necessary to be that cleric and met Mr. Voorheest minutes before the final moment. His Holiness received the condemned's confession and prayed with him. Mr. Voorheest's expression changed visibly from worried to a peaceful demeanor.
With a deep sigh, Mr. Voorheest was assisted as he took his place on the guillotine bench.
With his hand cuffs moved to behind his back, silence engulfed the room as the condemned was placed in his final position under the blade. Extreme care was taken to allow Mr. Voorheest maximum dignity in this moment.
The head clamp was then moved down to secure the position of the neck. This element of the guillotine makes it impossible for anything to go wrong with the final death strike as the condemned is rendered completely immobile. Even violent struggling makes it impossible to escape. However Mr. Voorheest was at this stage truly like a lamb to the slaughter.
The executioner does his final check to ensure everything is in place.
The Mithrandir is allowed to speak a final word of prayer and blessing in accord with the condemned's final request.
The sound of the straining blade as it was prepared for release seemed unnaturally loud in the last few seconds.
In a flash and with a nauseating thud it came to an end.
The witnesses then silently and respectfully retired to the warden's office where The Crown Prince Imperial collapsed in tears before the Mithrandir.
This blog will cease posting till the end of the week in respect for the solemnity of the event.