Circumfixion

Also known as being “put to the wheel,” circumfixion is the tradition form of public execution practiced by those under the influence of the Ascendant Church.

The condemned are placed on a cartwheel with their limbs stretched out along the spokes over two sturdy wooden beams. The wheel is then revolved slowly, and a large hammer limbs over the gap between the beams, breaking the bones. This process is repeated several times per limb. Sometimes it is ‘mercifully’ ordered that the executioner should strike the condemned on the chest and stomach, which causes fatal injuries. Without these, the broken man could last hours and even days. After the condemned has gone through the punishment, he or she is usually hanged or put on display in some other fashion.

The origins of this punishment comes from one of the Anathem known as The Wainwright.

Circumfixion

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