The Europa Conspiracy: Chapter 2: The Return of Daniel
Following the precedent established by Greg Dinallo, Phillips intersperses Michael Murphy chapters with Bible stories. In Babylon Rising, it was all about King Neb and his dream. In The Secret on Ararat, it was, of course, Noah and the ark. Here, we pop right into the story of Daniel and the lions’ den. Which is a bit odd, since it was at the beginning of Babylon Rising that Murphy did battle with a lion.
And Daniel doesn’t even battle a lion, but we’ll get to that.
Here is the story of Daniel in the lions’ den, in case anyone would like a refresher.
To be fair, Europa sticks pretty closely to the skeleton that is the Bible account, with some details thrown in for drama. For example, the satraps have “body odor.” Which I’m sure at that time was only a problem for those particular evil guys, and not for anyone else.
They also have the problem of only being able to say nice things about their enemy, just like The Seven did back in Babylon Rising.
“He is not a man who can be bribed or corrupted. He is too honest.”
“His dedicated religious faith can be twisted and used against him.”
And so it is, as the satraps convince King Darius, who’s apparently not the brightest penny in the jar, to randomly make a law…that will be effective for only one month, that nobody gets to pray to anybody or anything except Darius.
That has to be one of the stupidest laws ever. Why only a month? Why not outlaw praying to anyone except the king forever?
But don’t worry—we know that it’s just because Darius is an idiot, since he’s short and chubby.
“Proving again that slightly unattractive people are evil!”
-Crow T. Robot, MST3K, Jack Frost
So Daniel is caught praying to his god, since said god would never, ever understand Daniel holding off, or praying silently, for a whole entire month in order to stay alive. He is thrown into the den of lions, and they’re smelly, too! Just like the satraps!
Within minutes, Daniel realizes that the lions aren’t going to attack him. So, he sits around and starts thinking about how he first came to Babylon.
So, look forward to a flashback within a flashback!