Historians almost universally consider the Grand Tyrant to have been both a psychotic and homicidal despot.
|Copyright - Al Forbes|
Yet though lives were snuffed out, bodies were broken and revolts were crushed, through it all this man, so maligned and misunderstood, maintained the ability to find whimsy and amusement in the chaotic world around him.
Consider how humorous it was when his detractor, the philosopher Torian, was captured that The Tyrant chose to not have him executed but, instead, encased in stone and preserved by bio-electronic circuitry that he might continue to observe the wondrous new empire without the distracting need to comment.
This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction writing photo prompt.