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Tidal Torture

Tidal Torture is a form of imprisonment and torture that is used predominantly by the Naldorese in the prison complex of Kaz'Agvor. Since it's invention it has been used by other cultures that live close to or near tidal waters.   Tidal torture is a way of keeping a person imprisoned and unable to rest through the use of the rising tides of the sea. Tidal torture typically makes use of cells, which are built near or just beneath the water line, the height of the cell depends on how much the water rises. Usually the ceiling is built just high enough for a small pocket of air to remain when the tide is at its highest.   As the sea rises, the imprisoned person is forced try and keep their head above the water if they wish to stay alive during the high tides. Some cells might have a place to stand on or hold on to, but the worst of the worst are condemned to cells where they often have to stay afloat and tread water for hours on end. Even though this type of torture is somewhat predictable and slow, the person being tortured hardly has any time to fully rest between the tides and will become exhausted in a matter of days. In Naldorec, the freezing waters of the Boreal Sea are an extra strain on the vitality of the prisoner.  
I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, arms flailing, feet kicking, desperately trying to stay afloat in a sea from my nightmares. In those moments I swear I can still taste the salt of that damned place in the back of my throat.
— A former prisoner
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Dec 1, 2021 17:23

This a very creative form of torture! Never thought I'd ever say that. Good job!

Dec 2, 2021 22:59 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

What a terrifying form of torture. That quote at the end is perfection.

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Dec 3, 2021 04:06 by Dani

Oh dang, that's scary and must work pretty fast to wear down captives, given how draining it would be to fight the tides! Is there any ocean-life that washes into the cells as well? It would really suck to not only be treading water for hours but also dodging a man o' war or other jellyfish, hungry carnivorous tidal fishies, a deadly algae bloom, etc.

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Dec 3, 2021 09:55 by Tim de Roos

You should check out the article of the prison in the first paragraph! It is exactly as you mentioned, They have some cells that are not closed off completely, but open to the sea. Daring individuals may try to escape through the tunnels, but sea creatures may also venture inside.

Dec 3, 2021 12:19 by Dani

Ooo most excellent! I'll do that! :D

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Dec 3, 2021 16:06 by John Johnson

That is some great way to torture people, good job !

Jan 4, 2022 10:48

Very original way of torture and something I would not have thought of myself! Well done!

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Jan 18, 2022 21:41 by Fall

A terrifying and wonderful idea that fits seamlessly into your world. You've inspired me to develop my own prison further and see what methods of imprisonment and torture I can come up with that might fit half as well as yours.   An article truly deserving a spotlight in my Reading Challenge summary:

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