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The Embrace of Pain.
"To understand us, there is one place to start. Let me introduce you to the Embrace of Pain."
Shedao Shai

The Embrace of Pain was a rack-like device used by the Yuuzhan Vong for prisoner restraint. When a victim was held by the Embrace, it continuously stimulated pain receptors in the victim's brain. In this sense, it was also a torture device, but the Yuuzhan Vong did not consider it torture. Some Yuuzhan Vong, such as the members of Domain Shai, used the Embrace of Pain as a form of meditation.

The device could induce so much pain that it was capable of turning even the most noble Jedi to the dark side of the Force.


"The Vong call it the Embrace of Pain. The more you struggle to escape, the more pain it inflicts."
Darth Krayt to Cade Skywalker

When Elegos A'Kla turned himself over to the Yuuzhan Vong to learn more about them, Commander Shedao Shai introduced him to the Embrace of Pain as a way to learn about the Yuuzhan Vong, scandalizing his subordinates. A'Sharad Hett was placed in the Embrace of Pain following his capture by the Yuuzhan Vong, as was Jacen Solo after being captured at Myrkr.

In 40 ABY, Jacen would use the last known Embrace of Pain to try converting his cousin Ben Skywalker to the Sith, just as he himself was turned to begin with.

Darth Krayt would later do the same with Cade Skywalker, having previously encountered the Embrace after completing his apprenticeship with XoXaan on Korriban and being captured by the Vong. As Dark Lord of the Sith, Krayt would use the Embrace as part of the training for certain members of the One Sith, including Darth Nihl, in order to push them towards the dark side. He would also have the Embrace of Pain installed in the underlevels of the Temple of the Sith.

Cade Skywalker in the Embrace of Pain.


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