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29th Dec '15 1:48:37 PM morenohijazo
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* BioData: It provides us with the Intagliated, slaves whose bodily tattoos contain information detailing their pasts, why they're Intagliated and the markings go right down to the DNA.
25th May '15 1:18:01 AM TheHound88
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* YearInsideHourOutside: The virtual reality Hells all make use of this trope, to maximise the suffering of those condemned to them. After becoming trapped in the Hell she is investigating, Chay lives out an entire lifetime over the course of the novel's real-time weeks. [[spoiler: First as a nun in a convent, spending decades in quiet contemplation and recovery from her earlier trauma. After her second encounter with the Master of the Hell, she becomes an Angel of Mercy, travelling the Hells freeing souls from their torment, at the cost of her own suffering]].



* YearInsideHourOutside: The virtual reality Hells all make use of this trope, to maximise the suffering of those condemned to them. After becoming trapped in the Hell she is investigating, Chay lives out an entire lifetime over the course of the novel's real-time weeks. [[spoiler: First as a nun in a convent, spending decades in quiet contemplation and recovery from her earlier trauma. After her second encounter with the Master of the Hell, she becomes an Angel of Mercy, travelling the Hells freeing souls from their torment, at the cost of her own suffering]].

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* YearInsideHourOutside: The virtual reality Hells all make use of this trope, to maximise the suffering of those condemned to them. After becoming trapped in the Hell she is investigating, Chay lives out an entire lifetime over the course of the novel's real-time weeks. [[spoiler: First as a nun in a convent, spending decades in quiet contemplation and recovery from her earlier trauma. After her second encounter with the Master of the Hell, she becomes an Angel of Mercy, travelling the Hells freeing souls from their torment, at the cost of her own suffering]].
25th May '15 1:16:45 AM TheHound88
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* YearInsideHourOutside: The virtual reality Hells all make use of this trope, to maximise the suffering of those condemned to them. After becoming trapped in the Hell she is investigating, Chay lives out an entire lifetime over the course of the novel's real-time weeks. [[spoiler: First as a nun in a convent, spending decades in quiet contemplation and recovery from her earlier trauma. After her second encounter with the Master of the Hell, she becomes an Angel of Mercy, travelling the Hells freeing souls from their torment, at the cost of her own suffering]].
13th Mar '14 7:10:46 AM Jinren
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* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Veppers - CEO of a multiplanetary MegaCorp, owner of hunting estates the size of a small country, schemer, ruthless business mogul, and self-made man - is part of a conspiracy. [[spoiler:He's the fall guy. He's so far out of his depth that at one point when he tries to bypass all the machinations and just ''buy'' what he wants, an alien outright tells him that all his money is useless in the circles of the Involved, and he still doesn't get it.]]
11th Jan '14 1:58:59 PM Tiranasta
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** Though this is somewhat more relevant to reality than most examples of this trope, as this is a scenario that a number of real life transhumanists and singularitarians are genuinely concerned about.
17th Nov '13 11:12:42 PM Vasha
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'''''Surface Detail''''' is a 2010 novel of ''Literature/TheCulture'', set 800 years after ''Look to Windward'' (and far after the earlier novels in the series). It tells the story of Lededje Y'breq, an Intagliated slave (covered in tattoos, even on the level of DNA- hence the title) who after being murdered by her master Veppers, is resurrected by the Culture and begins to seek revenge. The story also deals with an online war whose outcome reflects reality that's being fought over the continued existence of a virtual reality Hell in which a copy of an unfortunate person's consciousness endures horrific punishment. The Culture is on the anti-Hell side, but not directly... at least at first...

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'''''Surface Detail''''' is a 2010 novel of ''Literature/TheCulture'', Literature/TheCulture, set 800 years after ''Look to Windward'' (and far after the earlier novels in the series). It tells the story of Lededje Y'breq, an Intagliated slave (covered in tattoos, even on the level of DNA- hence the title) who after being murdered by her master Veppers, is resurrected by the Culture and begins to seek revenge. The story also deals with an online war whose outcome reflects reality that's being fought over the continued existence of a virtual reality Hell in which a copy of an unfortunate person's consciousness endures horrific punishment. The Culture is on the anti-Hell side, but not directly... at least at first...


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13th Nov '13 11:37:29 PM Vasha
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'''''Surface Detail''''' is a 2010 novel of ''Literature/TheCulture'', set 800 years after ''Look to Windward'' (and far after the earlier novels in the series). It tells the story of Lededje Y'breq, an Intagliated slave (covered in tattoos, even on the level of DNA- hence the title) who after being murdered by her master Veppers, is resurrected by the Culture and begins to seek revenge. The story also deals with an online war whose outcome reflects reality that's being fought over the continued existence of a virtual reality Hell in which a copy of an unfortunate person's consciousness endures horrific punishment. Literature/TheCulture is on the anti-Hell side, but not directly... at least at first...

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'''''Surface Detail''''' is a 2010 novel of ''Literature/TheCulture'', set 800 years after ''Look to Windward'' (and far after the earlier novels in the series). It tells the story of Lededje Y'breq, an Intagliated slave (covered in tattoos, even on the level of DNA- hence the title) who after being murdered by her master Veppers, is resurrected by the Culture and begins to seek revenge. The story also deals with an online war whose outcome reflects reality that's being fought over the continued existence of a virtual reality Hell in which a copy of an unfortunate person's consciousness endures horrific punishment. Literature/TheCulture The Culture is on the anti-Hell side, but not directly... at least at first...



** Given TheCulture's stance on the hells and their knowledge of how he would react, this may have been the Culture's [[ExactlyAsPlanned plan all along]].

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** Given TheCulture's the Culture's stance on the hells and their knowledge of how he would react, this may have been the Culture's [[ExactlyAsPlanned plan all along]].



* RoboticPsychopath: Like most Culture warships, the ''Falling Outside The Normal Moral Constraints'' falls into this, and might be the most extreme example to date, in that while most of the other warships express their sadism in a PayEvilUntoEvil context, what it does to the poor sucker who foolishly volunteers his body to temporarily take the place of that of Demeisen (one of its robotic avatars)[[note]]It is implied that a human replacing a ship's avatar is practically unheard of.[[/note]] was just nasty. On the other hand, the ship later releases his control over the guy's body with it apparently no worse for wear other than having lost weight. When the guy regains control of his body, he discovers the ship has [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped his memories]] of the experience to his disappointment (The ship reveals later to Lededje that it made point of not leaving him with [[SelfServingMemory Self-Serving]] FakeMemories). Also, this trope comes with elements of HeroicComedicSociopath.

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* RoboticPsychopath: Like most Culture warships, the ''Falling Outside The the Normal Moral Constraints'' falls into this, and might be the most extreme example to date, in that while most of the other warships express their sadism in a PayEvilUntoEvil context, what it does to the poor sucker who foolishly volunteers his body to temporarily take the place of that of Demeisen (one of its robotic avatars)[[note]]It is implied that a human replacing a ship's avatar is practically unheard of.[[/note]] was just nasty. On the other hand, the ship later releases his control over the guy's body with it apparently no worse for wear other than having lost weight. When the guy regains control of his body, he discovers the ship has [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiped his memories]] of the experience to his disappointment (The ship reveals later to Lededje that it made point of not leaving him with [[SelfServingMemory Self-Serving]] FakeMemories). Also, this trope comes with elements of HeroicComedicSociopath.
12th Oct '13 11:15:35 PM Iwishtologin
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* WhamLine: The last ''word'' of the book. See TwoAliasesOneCharacter.

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* WhamLine: The last ''word'' of the book. See [[spoiler:See TwoAliasesOneCharacter.]]
29th Jul '13 6:18:16 PM SkArcher
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** Given TheCulture's stance on the hells and their knowledge of how he would react, this may have been the Culture's [[ExactlyAsPlanned plan all along]].
11th Jun '13 7:30:34 AM Ru
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** [[spoiler:The abused human avatar turns out to have experienced nothing during his period of being controlled by the warship... he had no memory of anything that happened, and his body was fully repaired before return. Basically, the [=FOtNMC=] was trolling the other Minds and humans observing it at the time.]]
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