Inspired by Encounter.
A little bit short for a tale, but I really don't know where else to put it.
Critique is always welcome, both on concept and execution.
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proofreading and editing because i liked this, but the wording and pacing just throws you right out of it
feel free to revert if you dislike the changes. but at least keep the proofreading.
Actually, the thing that threw me off the most was that this is what I imagine a class-C amnesiac or something similar would do. I figured a class-A amnesiac would remove huge chunks of time, rewriting large parts of your life.
I've always had it the other way around. Class C are complete wipes, Class A are controllable, smaller memory losses.
I've always had that idea in my head. Of course, I've just trained myself to ignore the letter at this point because you can't count on it having a consistent meaning.
Not sure how much the editing helped but, i like this one. Also, short isn't always bad; recall "the shortest horror story ever written":
The last man in the world sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.
What's the difference between the amnesiacs, and how many are there? Is it limited to Classes A-C, or does it go all the way to Class-Z?
Class-A removes recent traumatic memories, makes non-tramatic memories "fuzzy" and leaves you suitable to to suggestion for a brief time.
Class-C tastes like Root Beer.
Seriously, no canon; they do what ever you want. Stories have them doing anything. Anything At All.
I would think that Class A's are heavily implied to be pretty powerful, more so than the others at least.
That's really not implied much at all. I know, there's no canon, yeah, yeah. But the Foundation hands them out like candy, and seems to expect people to be able to function in their lives and jobs after administration. That doesn't match with a total wipe.
the way i've seen is that it essentially opens a person's mind to be rewritten however the foundation sees fit. if no alterations are made then they just forget the last few hours or days by default(depending on dosage), but if active memory manipulation is used then anything from individual memories to entire years of life could be rewritten.
safe for an unskilled agent to administer in the field and be certain that the person will not remember recent events, but in the hands of trained personnel, capable of any level of memory alteration they wished.
I rather enjoyed that one tale from a while back about a guy in the foundation who administers the "real" class A amnesiac after agents hand out what is, effectively, a mild sedative: a session of brutal torture until they break under pressure and are ready to fully believe whatever bull story gets handed to them.
Something about the pills being a lie to put the minds of the other personnel at ease. I just thought it was a neat concept.
This is good too.