The Emperor had reigned for decades, but the ancient statesman refused to die.
He remained gregarious and continued to celebrate victories and anniversaries with the games and feasts that he enjoyed during his youth.
The people adored him and prayed for his health.
However, his two sons became impatient, as each was eager to bury the Emperor and claim the throne. No definite line of succession was established, but that mattered little to these greedy hedonists.
“What we need is a hunting accident,” the eldest insisted.
“A believable one,” the younger added.
“Where is that boar costume?”