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Rd Ashes 28th Jan 2016, 7:12 PM edit delete
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pssst… by "training areas" Khor-eth really means "Mahjite".

Next update Tuesday.


lirvilas 28th Jan 2016, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Daaaaang. I would not want to work for this organization.
Rd Ashes 28th Jan 2016, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
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With the amount of power that Line members wield, there has to be very strict control.
Rebellion or disobedience could have huge ramifications on the empire that the Dyerin have worked to build.
There's a lot at stake!

This is the least of the punishments.
The Rhye-van slave prisons being the worst.

Regardless, the benefits of being in The Line are considerable enough that people are still scrambling to try to get in.
sigpig 28th Jan 2016, 9:53 PM edit delete reply
So Selena has already taken 45 lashes. How many tongue-lashes will Khy be getting in the near future?

ps: My guess is that since Khy is a civilian, and such an important one as the top scientist, Khor-eth can't really punish him. Either that, or he's so far beneath Khor-eth's contempt, that he's not worth the time to deal with... lol

EDIT - My original premise was that the number of lashes increase in direct proportion to the number of offences. Of course, the number of lashes could be proportional to the level of offence. One hopes that the Mahjite would be totally impersonal meting out such justice, but somehow I don't believe it...
Rd Ashes 28th Jan 2016, 10:25 PM edit delete reply
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Well, Khy is definitely on Khor-eth's radar.
Khor-eth will allow Khy to get away with things for… reasons.
Complicated reasons.
Plus, you're right, he can't really punish him as a Line member, only more conventionally as a civilian.

The number of lashes is proportional to the level of offence.
Period. If you're doing small things over and over again and you take the punishment each time, good for you.
You don't get extra punishment for repeat offences.

If you do something really bad and warrant harsher punishment.
You don't offend again. You just don't. :-o
sigpig 29th Jan 2016, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
This may sound disturbing, but that is actually a completely fair and transparent motivationpunishment system. There used to be a "culture"in my career whereas you haven't really "served" until you have been found guilty of an offence, owned up to it, and taken the punishment with your chin up and a sense of "this too shall pass". Now, it seems that it's all paperwork-punishment (death by a billion paper-cuts).

Your character page hints at the "reasons" for Khy's "immunity". My feeling is that Khor-eth's reasons for indulging him in an official manner are related to their shared past. We have a saying where I work "turn it on/turn it off", where you have your professional persona at work, and your REAL persona the rest of the time. Some are extremely successful at that, some are not. I would imagine the Mahjite have to keep their professional face on nearly all the time, and get very few chances to relax and be their "real selves"...
Rd Ashes 31st Jan 2016, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
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Heh, that's very true of Khor-eth.
I had a scene where we see some of Khor-eth's real self, but I'm not sure if it will make it into the comic.

Khor-eth only shares a past with Khy in an indirect way.
In that Khor-eth is a big player in The Line and was around and has more knowledge than most about what happened, and why.

Not sure if that makes sense to you at this point. I'll fill you in later, when I've roped you into writing this thing.
MadJak91 29th Jan 2016, 8:51 AM edit delete reply
I guess you cannot go around that.
I mean, what if you throw away the strip or steal/make one with less numbers? Is that possible?
How absolute is this punishment?

Heh. Much stricter than "write the following sentence 100 times".
I got reminded of that classic.
sigpig 29th Jan 2016, 1:25 PM edit delete reply
My god, man - those punishment strips are a source of pride! They say that you have taken the lashes as a true member of The Line! If anything, you would change it to a HIGHER number, just to increase your standing!
MadJak91 29th Jan 2016, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
That sounds like a fetish I do not want to discuss lmao :D
Maybe but if you are one of those who has less or none then that means you are that more obedient to others.

It is like asking for more homew---
OK... You got me there.
Rd Ashes 30th Jan 2016, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
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LMAO @ M'Jak's fetish comment! ;-)

You're right though, Sig.
If you haven't taken some punishment you're pretty much considered less of a member.

Selena, and especially Septh, are no strangers to earning trips to the correctional facility. Not doing things by the book has also made them progress and learn in an accelerated way.
Rd Ashes 31st Jan 2016, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
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As another little tidbit of information about this punishment system, Khor-eth has his own methods of "team building" among his Elite teams.
When one member earns these demerits, they are shared with all other members of that team.

So if Selena had gotten 10, that would mean 4 for her, 3 for Septh and 3 for Robyn (Corey isn't involved enough in the team to be part of this).
MadJak91 31st Jan 2016, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
I meant no offence to sig's comment, btw :)

I cant totally see the share system. You make others suffer as well and if they do not like it then it is YOUR fault and you better behave. That is the way I get it.

Like kids getting banned from school for a duration of time in some education systems.
A kid cannot go to school --> A parent has to stay with him/her at home and cannot work --> Less money for the family --> You better decide next time
Stever 29th Jan 2016, 9:39 AM edit delete reply
Energy whips! That sounds like some serious demerits right there :O
Rd Ashes 30th Jan 2016, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
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Yep, The Line doesn't fool around!
Smilocide 2nd Feb 2016, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
See, I think pro sports IRL should have similar systems in place. Doping would be far less common if your 2mil contract entailed actual corporal punishment for poor conduct. I still wouldn't watch football, though.
Rd Ashes 3rd Feb 2016, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
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OH I'd TOTALLY watch if that happened!
That would be some prime entertainment! :-o
That's actually the only thing that might make me watch.