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Hey everybody, its your favorite fluff-buff who asks too many questions here, and I've got a new one for you fluffies out there.
If any of you have ever read 40k fiction, you know that encountering daemons, Alpha Plus level psykers, powerful minions of chaos, and certain mutants can warp an individuals mind drastically if they havent undergone significant mind-conditioning or hypno-therapy (which is typically reserved for Space Marines, Members of the Inquisition, Lords of Terra or sanctioned psykers and anyone else who must come in contact with the warp in some way) and typically ends with them being killed. However, for those who are too important to kill (which incluse those I mentioned) they are either allowed to continue on, or are partially mindscrubbed to before they came into contact with the daemons, and then are reiterated what happened. I have searched significantly for information on Mind Scrubs, but I've only found jokes about Mind-Soap and that they perform them on space marines.
So, my question is:
What can you tell me about a mind scrub, and how is one performed?
REP TO WHOEVER CAN GIVE ME AN ANSWER!
Here's all I could find:
Mind-scrubbing seems to be exclusively used by the Inquisition.
Those too valuable to execute are instead mind-scrubbed through hypnosis to forget; any other forces are destroyed with full honors.
Some are mind-scrubbed rather than killed: their memories destroyed rather than their bodies. Mindscrubbing removes any and all memories of the Inquisition's true purpose, but requires its victims to be completely retrained. Those Mind-scrubbed cannot even feed themselves, let alone fight for the Imperium.
In the novel Lord of the Night, the inquisitor character uses lobotomies on people he wants to forget things, as this is considered more of a complete wipe...so apparently mind-scrubbing can be recovered from, at least partially.
Hope this helps! I wish I could find more, but it seems be a particular black hole for information.
Servitorhood can be considered a form of mindscrubbing. The Witch Hunters have several types of brain jobs they can do also; arco-flaggelation, for example.
Mindscrubbing of the sort you mention is almost exclusively reserved for standard Marines that have come into serious contact with Chaos. (Low levels of exposure are safe due to the Marine's extensive indoctrination.) It completely destroys the subject's mind--tabula rasa--but the brain is otherwise intact. The Marine recovers, eventually, and with a new personality. Most people aside from Marines are valued for their skills, knowledge or willpower, all of which get flushed away so there's no incentive to use nonlethal methods. I have never heard of reversing such a procedure; it would not be in character for the Inquisition to use temporary measures.
As to how, my guess is via trained psyker, as Chaos taint isn't really physical and they are the ones who could verify that all potential taint had been removed anyway.
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