17 the mustering


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There was something awesome about those whips the guards wielded.  Before, his minders had explained how the military had developed them as the ultimate tool for corporal punishment.

A soldier had put a foot seriously wrong  ..  had fucked up  ..  But the military had invested a lot in a trained soldier, he was an asset.  Just needed to understand the risk of messing up again.

Some fit military type marched out for punishment before his mates  ..  tied to a stake.  His manliness tied down.  His muscled wilfulness publicly tamed.  First, teaching him a lesson he’d not forget.  Second, shaming him with breaking down.  Third,  ..  a reminder to the troops  ..  to those watching.

Use a conventional whip on him  ..  as in the old times  ..  Ka-Lan’s guide concluded  ..  his back would soon be helluva mess.  Weeks before he could be useful again  ..  days of recuperation  ..  lighter duties.  A useful asset made useless because he’d acted like some asshole.
Someone had a good idea.  Had commissioned the power-whip.


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