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The family is a early torture device invented by Pope Sixtus II sometime in the late 3rd century. Victims can take this punishment alone, or, more commonly, they are joined by people of a similar age and genetic make-up referred to commonly as 'siblings'.
Victims are often asked to perform seemingly pointless tasks, their freedom is limited and discipline is strictly limited. Nothing more is known of the inner workings of 'families', casualty figures are high and many are too badly scarred emotionally to ever talk of their experiences. It is unfortunately one of those tragedies of life that cannot be known without experiencing it, and. alas, by then, it is too late.
It is notoriously diffcult to escape from the family due to the reliance of it's victims on their captors, more commonly known as 'parents' for food, shelter and im some rare cases money. Ther have also being several reports of Stockholme syndrome.
Due to the humanitarian efforts of many charities, the famous 'just say no organisation' among them, victims are now granted freedom after 18 years of servitude (previously, prisoners, especially females, would be retained until they could be sold into a form of slavery more commonly known as marriage). It is however still relatively common for souls to be retained for many years after the required length of service, binding many victims to their captors.
Escape from this system is difficult but there are two routes available for those considering it.
Route 1- Runaways. Due to the foolish lack of security surrounding these indivual prisons, physical escape is relatively easy. However those that attempt this route often end up desolate and thus most are advised against this course of action.
Route 2- Orphans. An unfortunate situation, the victim is left without support although free. They are often envied both because of this freedom and their inherited wealth, however, one must bear in mind that due to the governments deluded notion that humans under the age of 18 are incapable of looking after themselves, orphans are forced to cohabit with hated family members or stay in a orphanage. Therefore it is not recommended to kill ones captors to achieve this status.
edit Victims of the system
There a many tragic cases across the world of victims, so far gone, and so utterly reliant on the system that they will do anything to protect it. They are unsalvageable, they reject all social contact in favour of their masters company, usually the female of the species. These specimens are known by normal society as 'Mamma's boys' and other derogotary terms. There is however one small silver lining to this cloud, due to it's underdeveloped social skills and hideous appearance this sub species is unable to attract a mate and thus cannot continue this atrocity in the way described below.
As a result of brainwashing many survivors wrongly believe the family to be a route to happiness and seek to continue it, thus handing down this system of control. It is worth remembering that some present captors are former victims and really cannot be held responsible for their actions. The vast majority of these 'parents' however are agents working for the government, and, contrary to popular belief were not born but are results of a disastrous course of genetic research conducted sometime in the mid to late 20th century.