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Draining Clyntahn's mind

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Re: Draining Clyntahn's mind
Post by Bluesqueak   » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:16 am

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Loren Pechtel wrote:
Bluesqueak wrote:Applying this to Clyntahn, the danger is that he would, to stop the pain, tell the Inner Circle all sbout the Thing In The Basement - even if he hasn't actually got a clue and is just making up some plausible rubbish, based on his knowledge of secret Inquisition files. Just as the Inquisition always found themselves uncovering conspiracies that didn't exist.

But I still stand by my earlier comment. Torture works in a short term, tactical sense. From a strategic point of view, it's frequently a disaster.


They have the verifier. The big problem with torture is knowing when you got the truth (including "I don't know the answer".) They don't have that problem.


Actiually, the big problem with torture is that you don't want to live in a society that uses torture - I generally find that the people enthusiastic about using torture are often the people who never think it will happen to them. RFC uses this trope quite a lot in Safehold. Torture, most Safeholdian's think, is unpleasant but okay because the Archangels ordained that it would only happen to those who deserve it. Then he proceeds to demonstrate just how very, very wrong they were about that.

Yes, they have the verifier. Yes, it would work if Clyntahn was actively lying. No, it wouldn't work if Clyntahn thought what they wanted to hear was true. Verification only works, as I understand it, on belief. If someone believes in the Archangels, the verifier won't tell you they're lying, because they're not. If Clyntahn suddenly 'realises' that An OtherThing In The Basement is what his torturers want, he'll happily tell the Inner Circle about it. Pity that it was really Chihiro's secret plan to blast Safehold back to the Stone Age, and that Chihiro forgot to mention that part...

But basically, the problem is strategic, not tactical. A lot of posters really are fixating on the short term tactical value - Clyntahn tells all- and missing that the Inquisition is the poster child for the long term strategic consequences.
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Re: Draining Clyntahn's mind
Post by peke   » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:14 pm

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In this instance, the Stone of Schueler would not be a surefire way of telling truth from falsehood. We have textev from book one, in the mini-infodump about the verifier, that mental illnesses and conditions produce contradictory readings. Couple that with the fact that for the whole series (usually in an inner monologue from Duchairn) we've been getting hit with Clinton's increasingly deranged personality, and his tendency to actuallty believe his own lies.

An excellent study case for a Bedardist, indeed.
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Re: Draining Clyntahn's mind
Post by MrZero   » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:59 am

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There wasn't any mention of any interrogation, just Clyntahn griping about the trial. A court trial, whereas Clyntahn complains that he's been captured by people too week-kneed to interrogate/torture him.
As for the "use the brain machine" option, we don't know when (or if) he was injected with it. Still, with three months of sitting on his kiester that would give the nanotech a lot of time to settle into his brain. A lot of time for a passive reading and recording, very different then the "wham bam thank you ma'am" that happened to Nahrman. And when the rope goes twang, still plenty of time to turn on the harsher strip-mine-method and read Clyntahn's brain like Nahrman's was. It's the only reason to wait three months that's actually useful. Sit him in the court and have a lot of people list his actions, hopefully activating memory centers of the brain.
Given the star trek level science that Weber never went deep in the box of tricks of, it's entirely possible for them to decapitate Clyntahn and keep him alive as just a head on a pillar of life support machines. Too bad that Weber's not the type to short-story a properly chaos filled
"They Saved Clyntahn's Brain!"
If you're going to reenact World War Two, you could at least start the pulp fiction, though anyone turning into the radio stories would just get killed by the orbital defense platform.
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