History AndIMustScream / Literature

25th Jan '18 11:27:08 PM Andygal
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*** In another example, it is revealed that [[spoiler: Shardblades are actually the bodies of dead spren]], trapped in unending agony by the breaking of their Oaths. Radiants who touch a Blade can hear it scream.

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*** In another example, it is revealed that [[spoiler: Shardblades are actually the bodies of dead spren]], trapped in unending agony by the breaking of their Oaths. Radiants who touch a Blade (and anyone else who is touching it at the same time) can hear it scream.
21st Jan '18 7:56:00 AM DustSnitch
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* In Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the worst sinners in Hell -- those who betrayed their superiors and benefactors -- are completely entombed in ice.
** Sinners who die by suicide are also transformed into deformed, gnarled trees, constantly mauled by harpies and werewolves. The trope doesn't fit literally, as the only thing the sinners can do when they're being destroyed is scream.

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* In Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', the worst sinners in Hell -- those who betrayed their superiors and benefactors -- are completely entombed in ice.
''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
** Sinners who die by suicide are also ''Inferno'' features this several times, which is a given since it depicts Hell.
*** Suicides
transformed into deformed, gnarled trees, constantly mauled by harpies and werewolves. They can scream, but only when someone (or something, as Dante sees later) breaks off a branch.
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The trope doesn't fit literally, as souls of traitors are frozen in the icy lake of Cocytus, at depths corresponding to the depth of their betrayal. Those at the very bottom, those who swore loyalty to masters and still betrayed them, are completely encased in grotesque positions. This is one of the only thing punishments so unrelenting that those suffering under it can't even speak.
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the sinners can do when they're being destroyed ''Purgatorio'', the penance for the sin of {{Pride}} is scream.to carry boulders, the weight of which is proportional to the sin's weight. Dante, via [[AuthorAvatar the Pilgrim]], remarks that this punishment is the simplest, and yet quite terrible, and also admits that the Pride circle is where he expects to spend the largest part of his own penance.
9th Dec '17 8:15:21 PM lilac
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* Sarah Pinborough's novel <i>Tower Hill</i> has such an ending for a character [[whose ritual had GoneHorriblyRight. It is surmised that he will live forever, buried underground and immobile.]]
-->[[…maybe in a hundred years, maybe a thousand, maybe ten, he'll shrivel up until he looks like a twig from a desiccated tree …]]

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* Sarah Pinborough's novel <i>Tower Hill</i> ''Tower Hill'' has such an ending [[spoiler: for a character [[whose the main villain whose ritual had GoneHorriblyRight. It is surmised that he will live forever, buried underground and immobile.]]
-->[[…maybe -->[[spoiler:…maybe in a hundred years, maybe a thousand, maybe ten, he'll shrivel up until he looks like a twig from a desiccated tree …]]
9th Dec '17 8:03:09 PM lilac
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* Sarah Pinborough's novel <i>Tower Hill</i> has such an ending for a character [[whose ritual had GoneHorriblyRight. It is surmised that he will live forever, buried underground and immobile.]]
-->[[…maybe in a hundred years, maybe a thousand, maybe ten, he'll shrivel up until he looks like a twig from a desiccated tree …]]
21st Nov '17 8:23:16 PM PaulA
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* The earlier ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''The Room With No Doors'' has this in spades:

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* The earlier ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''The Room With No Doors'' has this in spades:
19th Nov '17 5:51:55 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Then there's the Tin Woodsman, rusted solid for years until Dorothy rescued him. Before rusting solid, his axe was enchanted by the Witch of the East to slip and slowly hack him to pieces. It's also terribly plausible that the tinner who "saved" Nick and Fyter was working for the Witch all along, which just adds to the nastiness.

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** Then there's the Tin Woodsman, rusted solid for years until Dorothy rescued him. Before rusting solid, his axe was enchanted by the Witch of the East to slip and slowly hack him to pieces. It's also terribly plausible that the tinner who "saved" Nick and Fyter was working for the Witch all along, which just adds to the nastiness. The Tin Woodsman slowly replaced himself, piece by piece, but the man making the replacements forgot his heart so Nick Chopper never could love his Munchkin sweetheart.


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*** Since you never die your pieces are still alive and so Chopfyt was made by gluing bits and pieces of the two tin men together with Fyter's head being used. Nick's head was shoved away out of sight and was very ill-tempered when he was found again.
31st Oct '17 8:39:07 AM snichols1973
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* In ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' several residents in the country of Luggnagg are born with immortality. [[AgeWithoutYouth However, their bodies never stop aging,]] most of them living for exceptionally long periods of time without the ability to do anything for themselves. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever They are unable to stand, walk, and talking is nearly impossible if not completely impossible for them.]]

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* In ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' several residents in the country of Luggnagg Luggnagg, notably the Struldbrugs, are born with immortality. [[AgeWithoutYouth However, their bodies never stop aging,]] most of them living for exceptionally long periods of time without the ability to do anything for themselves. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever They are unable to stand, walk, they suffer ailments such as losing their hair and eyesight, and talking is nearly impossible if not completely impossible for them.]]]] To make matters worse, as soon as they turn 80 years old, and worst of all, despite being immortal, [[{{Unperson}} they are considered dead by law and have no legal rights, not even being allowed to be witnesses in court]] and cannot be employed, buy or own lands, or take leases...
18th Oct '17 7:07:54 PM PaulA
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** In the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' short story "Wait It Out", an astronaut stranded on Pluto [[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay takes off his spacesuit to freeze himself until help arrives]]: he discovers that the low temperature [[YouFailBiologyForever turns his brain into a superconductor]], meaning he will be completely aware, if immobile for however many years it takes for rescuers to arrive. Assuming they ever do. However, he is not entirely horrified as his superconducting brain experiences time much slower (every few minutes for him is a day for the rest of the universe), and he looks forward to when he can be rescued and thawed out. His friend, who was dying of radiation sickness, went outside and took his helmet off first, but didn't prepare for it quite as well (he was just trying to commit suicide), so ''his'' eyes are covered with frost. One of the big regrets of the viewpoint character was realizing that his friend might well be in the same state and he didn't think to wipe away the frost.
** In the ''Known Space'' short story "The Ethics of Madness", the main character ends up being pursued through empty space by an empty ship, completely alone, for one hundred and twenty thousand years. He can choose to die if he wants, although his brain eventually becomes so deeply patterned that this isn't really an option.

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** In the ''Literature/KnownSpace'' short story "Wait It Out", "Literature/WaitItOut", an astronaut stranded on Pluto [[SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay takes off his spacesuit to freeze himself until help arrives]]: he discovers that the low temperature [[YouFailBiologyForever [[ArtisticLicenseBiology turns his brain into a superconductor]], meaning he will be completely aware, if immobile for however many years it takes for rescuers to arrive. Assuming they ever do. However, he is not entirely horrified as his superconducting brain experiences time much slower (every few minutes for him is a day for the rest of the universe), and he looks forward to when he can be rescued and thawed out. His friend, who was dying of radiation sickness, went outside and took his helmet off first, but didn't prepare for it quite as well (he was just trying to commit suicide), so ''his'' eyes are covered with frost. One of the big regrets of the viewpoint character was realizing that his friend might well be in the same state and he didn't think to wipe away the frost.
** In the ''Known Space'' short story "The Ethics of Madness", "Literature/TheEthicsOfMadness", the main character ends up being pursued through empty space by an empty ship, completely alone, for one hundred and twenty thousand years. He can choose to die if he wants, although his brain eventually becomes so deeply patterned that this isn't really an option.
15th Oct '17 8:16:17 PM PaulA
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** The immortal necromancer Wavyhill thought it would be a good idea to use a spell that prevents him from dying. He was reduced to mere bones by a werewolf in the short story "What Good is a Glass Dagger". Years later in "Literature/TheMagicGoesAway" his skull is given the ability to see and speak by being given artifical "eyes" and a "tongue". After screaming for a while, now that he finally has a mouth, he calms down enough to reveal that he was conscious the whole time.

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** The immortal necromancer Wavyhill thought it would be a good idea to use a spell that prevents him from dying. He was reduced to mere bones by a werewolf in the short story "What Good is a Glass Dagger"."Literature/WhatGoodIsAGlassDagger". Years later in "Literature/TheMagicGoesAway" his skull is given the ability to see and speak by being given artifical "eyes" and a "tongue". After screaming for a while, now that he finally has a mouth, he calms down enough to reveal that he was conscious the whole time.
11th Oct '17 8:44:11 PM PaulA
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** In the short story ''The Ethics of Madness'', the main character ends up being pursued through empty space by an empty ship, completely alone, for one hundred and twenty thousand years. He can choose to die if he wants, although his brain eventually becomes so deeply patterned that this isn't really an option.

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** In the ''Known Space'' short story ''The "The Ethics of Madness'', Madness", the main character ends up being pursued through empty space by an empty ship, completely alone, for one hundred and twenty thousand years. He can choose to die if he wants, although his brain eventually becomes so deeply patterned that this isn't really an option.
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