Fiction

Exile Hearing. Accused: Zephir, Brother Mechanist

-We are here today to bring sentence upon the accused. Zephir, step forth.
*Zephir approaches elders*
-You stand accused of gross obscenity, clear violation of our codes and bringing dishonour upon this Order of Mechanists. In light of the evidence and witness testimony, we have no choice but to find you guilty. Do you have any defense?
“My only crime is one of vision. The vision to see the gossamer ethics of this order for what they are. The vision to have so arrogantly become the most skilled mechanist in these halls, and I dare any to say otherwise. The vision-”
-Enough of this!
“THE VISION, I say, to recognise that the future is as much steel and glass as it is flesh and spirit. My only regret is that I did not begin this Great Work sooner.”
-Have you NO shame? The monstrosities uncovered in your private lab… the Orc!
“I felt Zhugarm held tremendous promise. Orc healing is astonishingly swift. I felt that if I could have his flesh heal OVER steel plate-”
-And the Elf, Elohzhar was it?
“Elves have naturally brilliant sight. I thought it could only be improved with surgical, suborbital installation of telescopic lenses-”
-And this is to say nothing of Garet, our watchman!
“Garet complained often of his bodily functions impeding his duties. A likeminded soul. I simply attempted to streamline-”
-You connected his rear end to his mouth!
“The valve leads to greater efficiency-”
-All of the aformentioned are DEAD!
“And in death they have bequeathed us with the greatest gifts of all: knowledge and experience. When subdermal armours are commonplace, all shall remember and give thanks to Zhugarm for his sacrifice.”
-We have heard enough. In light of these crimes, and your total lack of remorse, we are left with no choice but to exile you from this order.
“Fine. I’ve learned everything I can here anyway.”
-We cannot, of course, inflict your sickness upon the world. Yet we are also unable to take back that which you have learned.
“Actually, I’m working on a project by which the brain-”
-ENOUGH. Instead, we shall remove the means by which you would maim the world. Guards, remove his hands.
*Zephir shows no reaction as two guards seize his arms and move to pull his hands into view*
-What’s…what
*Zephir thrusts forth two brass, clockwork fists where once his hands had been skin and bone*
“Behold the new flesh!”
-Zephir… what have you done to yourself?
*Zephir opens one hand and a small ball falls to the ground, shattering and filling the room with blinding light. When the light fades, Zephir is gone*

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