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8th Dec '17 3:45:45 PM TSBasilisk
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*** Soul engines appear throughout the ''Legion'' expansion, as they power ''every'' Legion ship and are at the heart of major bases. The Legion's victims are tortured to death, then their ''souls'' are further tortured, before they are used as fuel.
*** The destruction of one Legion ship released its fuel source: The desecrated remains of enough sentient beings to ''fill an entire valley''.
** [[spoiler:Argus]] has been used as a power source for the Legion, allowing their soldiers to resurrect whenever they are slain. He has spent ''eons'' being used for this purpose while simultaneously being tortured into insanity, unable to resist because he [[spoiler:hasn't been ''born'' yet]].
6th Dec '17 12:51:49 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The ComicBook/{{X-Men}} storyline that introduced the Brood established that the Brood's SpaceWhale ships are made of the Acanti, huge alien life forms that float around space. The Brood capture them, lobotomize them and turn them into living vessels powered by pain.

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* The ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ComicBook/XMen storyline that introduced the Brood established that the Brood's SpaceWhale ships are made of the Acanti, huge alien life forms that float around space. The Brood capture them, lobotomize them and turn them into living vessels powered by pain.



* In the ''Nightfall'' novels, the HitmanWithAHeart protagonist and other characters in the universe are some form of metahuman (like the {{mutants}} of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}''). Sorcerers in this world gain their powers by murdering these mutants and [[PowersAsPrograms stealing their innate power]], and the magic involved results in the slain being [[AndIMustScream trapped in torture for all eternity]]. Thus, sorcerers are by nature evil in this universe, and the villain of the first novel is an EvilChancellor who has become very powerful by killing a number of metahumans.

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* In the ''Nightfall'' novels, the HitmanWithAHeart protagonist and other characters in the universe are some form of metahuman (like the {{mutants}} of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'').''Comicbook/XMen''). Sorcerers in this world gain their powers by murdering these mutants and [[PowersAsPrograms stealing their innate power]], and the magic involved results in the slain being [[AndIMustScream trapped in torture for all eternity]]. Thus, sorcerers are by nature evil in this universe, and the villain of the first novel is an EvilChancellor who has become very powerful by killing a number of metahumans.
1st Dec '17 11:44:17 AM BeerBaron
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** Throughout the series, Soul Gems. They are used to trap the souls of defeated monsters, and the resulting soul can then be used to fuel a magical weapon. Black Soul Gems take this even further. They are a variant of soul gem, favored by Necromancers, which allows the trapping and fusing of sapient (men, mer, beast races) souls. In fact, sapient souls create some of the most powerful enchantments in the game.

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** Throughout the series, [[CrystalPrison Soul Gems. Gems]]. They are used to [[YourSoulIsMine trap the souls souls]] of defeated monsters, slain creatures, and the resulting soul can then be used to fuel a magical weapon.[[ItemCrafting enchant an item]]. Black Soul Gems take this even further. They are a variant of soul gem, favored by Necromancers, {{Necromancer}}s, which allows the trapping and fusing of sapient (men, mer, beast races) (Men, [[OurElvesAreBetter Mer]], [[PettingZooPeople Beast Race]]) souls. In fact, sapient souls create some of the most powerful enchantments in the game.series.



** In the backstory, [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent the Dwemer]] did ''something'' to the Snow Elves to turn them into the modern Falmer. Snow Elves as sentient beings would require a very rare black soul gem to put their souls into soul gems but as Falmer much cheaper soul gems work. [[{{Magitek}} A lot of Dwemer technology relies on soul gems]], in fact.
** Daedric equipment is this by default: each piece of Daedric armor and weapons is Ebony with a Daedra soul infused into it at creation. In ''Skyrim'', the first installment that actually lets you craft Daedric equipment, this manifests in having to spend a Daedra Heart (a rare alchemical ingredient gained from killing certain Daedra) on each crafted piece.

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** In the backstory, [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent the Dwemer]] did ''something'' to the Snow Elves to turn them into the modern Falmer. Snow Elves as sentient beings would require a very rare black soul gem to put their souls into soul gems but as Falmer much cheaper soul gems work. It just so happens that [[{{Magitek}} A a lot of Dwemer technology relies on soul gems]], gems]] to function, in fact.
** Daedric equipment is this by default: each piece of Daedric armor and weapons equipment is Ebony with a Daedra Daedric soul infused into it at creation. In ''Skyrim'', the first installment that actually lets you craft Daedric equipment, this manifests in having to spend a Daedra Heart (a rare alchemical ingredient gained from killing certain Daedra) on each crafted piece.
30th Nov '17 7:34:46 PM MarqFJA
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* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'' we encounter one small Midwestern town with none of the problems of young the folk moving away and aging populace and unemployment, crime, and drugs that plague the region. Wanna know what the town's guardian god has to do to keep [[spoiler: Lakeside]] the "one good town in these parts"? Three guesses, and the first two don't count. [[spoiler: Child sacrifice. Somewhat averting the full trope, none of the townspeople actually knew of this, and considered the missing children to be lost and perished in the woods, or 'winter runanways'. Anyone who figured it out had an unfortunate 'accident' before they could tell. ]]

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* In ''Literature/AmericanGods'' we encounter one small Midwestern town with none of the problems of the young the folk moving away and aging populace and unemployment, crime, and drugs that plague the region. Wanna know what the town's guardian god has to do to keep [[spoiler: Lakeside]] the "one good town in these parts"? Three guesses, and the first two don't count. [[spoiler: Child sacrifice. Somewhat averting the full trope, none of the townspeople actually knew of this, and considered the missing children to be lost and perished in the woods, or 'winter runanways'. Anyone who figured it out had an unfortunate 'accident' before they could tell. ]]
30th Nov '17 2:20:56 PM MarqFJA
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* In the ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' franchise, it is possible to produce [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot hyper-real androids with all the neurological affectations of a living human]] via electronic "[[MindRape Ghost Dubbing]]". This process drains and kills the original after only a few copies are made, and in the ''Ghost In The Shell'' universe, it is a serious crime punishable by life in prison or getting your [[BrainBleach brain wiped]]; plotlines concerning the process appeared in ''Ghost In The Shell: Innocence'', a few ''Stand Alone Complex'' episodes, and the original manga.

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* In the ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' franchise, it is possible to produce [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot hyper-real androids with all the neurological affectations of a living human]] via electronic "[[MindRape Ghost Dubbing]]". This process drains and kills the original after only a few copies are made, and in the ''Ghost In The Shell'' universe, it is a serious crime punishable by life in prison or [[DeathOfPersonality getting your [[BrainBleach brain wiped]]; plotlines concerning the process appeared in ''Ghost In The Shell: Innocence'', a few ''Stand Alone Complex'' episodes, and the original manga.
23rd Nov '17 4:50:36 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': The sequel ''Picking Up the Pieces'' reveals that [[spoiler:the Hivemind Body, one of the three Pillars of a Changeling Hive, is created by fusing twelve Changeling infants into a single being, with their individual minds erased by the process. While they're so young that they had almost no conscious minds yet, the whole creation process and effect still horrifies Page, to the point where she mourns those who were sacrificed for it.]]
23rd Oct '17 5:12:38 PM OriCat
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* ''Cavern'', by Nicholas Morine, has everyone's negative emotions taken via a device in their skull and placed on one individual. Significant civil unrest would ensue should this ever stop happening, and the city lives close enough to the line that they might not be able to weather it.
20th Oct '17 11:59:39 AM JoeMerl
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* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic,'' [[spoiler:Magnostadt is a {{Magocracy}} where has 2/3 of its population lives underground, their magoi running the magic on the surface]]. Some people are surprisingly okay with this, since they provided for without having to actually work, but sucks if you want to survive a common cold or ever see the sky again.

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* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic,'' [[spoiler:Magnostadt is a {{Magocracy}} where has 2/3 of its the population lives underground, their magoi running the magic on magical items that make the surface]].surface a paradise]]. Some people are surprisingly okay with this, since they provided for without having to actually work, but sucks if you want to survive a common cold or ever see the sky again.
20th Oct '17 11:58:44 AM JoeMerl
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* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic,'' [[spoiler:Magnostadt is a {{Magocracy}} where has 2/3 of its population lives underground, their magoi running the magic on the surface]]. Some people are surprisingly okay with this, since they provided for without having to actually work, but sucks if you want to survive a common cold or ever see the sky again.
16th Oct '17 6:14:41 PM jerodast
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* ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'' has a better-than-warp-drive propulsion system powered by an [[spoiler:herbivorous animal that writhes in pain]] whenever they make a jump.
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