History Main / GildedCage

4th Jul '16 1:16:10 PM triscion
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** [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 The next game]] also reveals [[spoiler: that the ''Normandy'' had mechanisms so that Cerberus could take control of it remotely if Shepard tried to leave. Fortunately, by the time that became an issue, EDI had been unshackled and shut those protocols down. The last time Cerberus tried to activate them, she flooded their servers with seven zettabytes of porn.]]

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** [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 The next game]] also reveals [[spoiler: that the ''Normandy'' had mechanisms so that Cerberus could take control of it remotely if Shepard tried to leave. Fortunately, by the time that became an issue, EDI had been unshackled and shut those protocols down. The last time Cerberus tried to activate them, she flooded their servers [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments with seven zettabytes of porn.]]]]]]
3rd Jul '16 5:19:38 PM superkeijikun
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* In ''Film/FlightOfTheNavigator'', David Freeman is kept in a NASA dormitory with cable television, robot servants, and staff to assist him in all of his needs. He came following his mysterious disappearance and subsequent re-appearance to have his brain scanned for 72 hours, but soon learned that the higher-ups planned to keep him for a week...''at least''.
3rd Jul '16 5:12:32 PM superkeijikun
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series, Flandre Scarlet is confined to her room during the events of ''Scarlet Devil Mansion'', due to [[PersonOfMassDestruction her incredibly destructive powers]]. The room is very lavish, and she is not want for toys (which she always ends up breaking), but centuries of confinement have taken its toll on her sanity.
3rd Jul '16 5:07:32 PM superkeijikun
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* During the Alfheim Online (ALO) Arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna's cage fits this description. It is a roomy, literally gilded birdcage, with a canopy bed, table setting, and gorgeous surroundings.

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* During the Alfheim Online (ALO) Arc of ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna's cage fits this description. It is a roomy, literally gilded birdcage, with a canopy bed, table setting, and gorgeous surroundings. The catch, though, is that her consciousness is trapped in ALO due to an executive in her father's company who wants her for himself.
3rd Jul '16 5:06:08 PM superkeijikun
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** The Avatar is kidnapped away from his/her family in Hoshido and [[GirlInTheTower confined to a small fortress]] in Nohr, the kingdom that took him/her away. At first they're shabbily treated by King Garon, but later their situation noticeably improves and by the time the game begins, the fortress is shown to have very comfortable quarters for the Avatar and his/her retainers. The Avatar still cannot get out, tho, and the plot is kickstated when he or she ''does'' get the chance.

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** The Avatar is kidnapped away from his/her family in Hoshido and [[GirlInTheTower confined to a small fortress]] in Nohr, the kingdom that took him/her away. At first they're shabbily treated by King Garon, but later their situation noticeably improves and by the time the game begins, the fortress is shown to have very comfortable quarters for the Avatar and his/her retainers. The Avatar still cannot get out, tho, though, and the plot is kickstated when he or she ''does'' get the chance.
3rd Jul '16 5:03:58 PM superkeijikun
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} 0'', Goro Majima works in the Sotenbori district of Osaka as the manager of a highly popular and financially successful hostess club. Though he is respected and popular in the club, however, he is kept under the thumb of the Shimano crime family, unable to leave without endangering his life.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} 0'', Goro Majima works in the Sotenbori district of Osaka as the manager of a highly popular and financially successful hostess club. Though he is respected and popular in the club, however, he is kept under the thumb of the Shimano crime family, unable to leave Kansai without endangering his life.
3rd Jul '16 3:25:09 PM superkeijikun
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} 0'', Goro Majima works in the Sotenbori district of Osaka as the manager of a highly popular and financially successful hostess club. Though he is respected and popular in the club, however, he is kept under the thumb of the Shimano crime family, unable to leave without endangering his life.
3rd Jul '16 2:14:28 PM gewunomox
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* The titular {{Paul}} is held captive for 60 years but under conditions pleasant enough for him to not even realise that he's a prisoner. He gets to hob-nob with world leaders and cultural icons, even advising them regarding their works, and is supplied with weed that's apparently strong enough to have killed BobDylan. It's not until The Big Guy decides that Paul is more useful to her dead than alive that he realises that he wasn't a guest but a prisoner after all.

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* The titular {{Paul}} is held captive for 60 years but under conditions pleasant enough for him to not even realise that he's a prisoner. He gets to hob-nob with world leaders and cultural icons, even advising them regarding their works, and is supplied with weed that's apparently strong enough to have killed BobDylan.Music/BobDylan. It's not until The Big Guy decides that Paul is more useful to her dead than alive that he realises that he wasn't a guest but a prisoner after all.
6th Jun '16 12:23:04 PM morane
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* In the minds of Western Orientalists Ottoman harems were this, [[RealityIsUnrealistic not so much in real life]]. Life in a Turkish harem tended to be monastic in nature, and only a few residents were actually expected to have sexual encounters with the Sultan, while others lived in perfect chastity. The few high-ranking members of the harem, who usually included the Sultan's mother and her handmaidens, did live a life of luxury, but they were hardly confined in the way Orientalists imagined, either -- a great many Sultans found themselves ruling under their mother's strict thumb.

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* In the minds of Western Orientalists Ottoman harems were this, [[RealityIsUnrealistic not so much in real life]]. Life in a Turkish harem tended to be monastic in nature, and only a few residents were actually expected to have sexual encounters with the Sultan, while others lived in perfect chastity. The few high-ranking members of the harem, who usually included the Sultan's mother (''Valide Sultan'') and her handmaidens, did live a life of luxury, but they were hardly confined in the way Orientalists imagined, either -- a great many Sultans found themselves ruling under their mother's strict thumb.thumb.
** The average expected lifespan of a new concubine was five years. The harem was a [[DeadlyDecadentCourt true snake pit]] with the various concubines plotting against each other and against their children whilst competing of the favour of the Sultan, and eunuchs were used to execute or assassinate too ambitious concubines. A favoured way to get rid of an undesired concubine was to stuff her in a bag and throw her to sea. Sometimes an unwanted concubine could be given to a sultan's favourite - but that involved [[GroinAttack making her infertile]] by inserting a red-hot poker in her vagina, destroying her womb (and making her incapable of producing competitors to the throne).
* The ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kafes kafes]]'' of the later Ottoman Turkey. While the early Sultans resolved the inheritance issues by [[CainandAbel simply murdering, assassinating or executing all brothers and half-brothers]], this left the Osmanli family line on the verge of extinction several times. The later Sultans resolved the problem by locking the [[SpareToTheThrone brothers]] to a confined part of the Palace. Some inmates of the Kafes grew old and died there before having the opportunity to succeed to the throne. Confinement in the Kafes had a great impact on the personalities of the captives in the Kafes and many of them developed psychological disorders. At least one deposed sultan and one heir to the throne committed suicide in the Kafes. The last Ottoman sultan, Mehmet VI Vahidettin (191822) was aged 56 when he came to the throne and had been either in the harem or the Kafes his whole life. He was confined to the Kafes by his uncle (Abdülaziz) and had stayed there during the reigns of his three older brothers. It was the longest and last confinement of a sultan by his predecessors.
** The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Islands Prince Islands]] outside Constantinople (Istanbul) served the same purpose - a gilded cage for the princes.
29th May '16 7:30:39 AM WillBGood
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* Galileo's sentence of life imprisonment by the Catholic Church was served in a nice house where he was catered to with whatever he wanted. He was even still allowed to continue with his work.
** When UsefulNotes/GalileoGalilei chose to illegally publish his work rather than frame it as a theory (so as not to contradict the Church's official position that the Sun revolved around the Earth), he was put on house arrest. Fortunately, his line of work didn't require leaving the house at all, and they didn't take away his telescope, so he just went on doing the exact same thing he was doing before. Whoops.

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* Galileo's sentence of life imprisonment by the Catholic Church was served in a nice house where he was catered to with whatever he wanted. He was even still allowed to continue with his work.
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When UsefulNotes/GalileoGalilei chose to illegally publish his work rather than frame it as a theory (so as not to contradict the Church's official position that the Sun revolved around the Earth), he was put on house arrest. Fortunately, his line of work didn't require leaving the house at all, and they didn't take away his telescope, so he just went on doing the exact same thing he was doing before. Whoops.Whoops?
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