November 18th, 2007

Dalek Inquisition

Lethality of various types of car accidents

Setting: New Hampshire, November 2029
Search Terms: car accident survival, car accident survival rates, types of car accidents. I also checked out the little_details archives and Wikipedia's article on car accidents, but no luck.

I'm looking for whatever type of car accident would have the best chance of being lethal to the driver, but least likely to cause the loss of other lives (e.g. in a pileup on the highway). Said driver is a 17-year-old girl, whose conscious mind - but not her physical body - is suddenly and unintentionally transported to a fantasy world when she answers her cell phone on the road. People all over the city experience the same transportation-via-cellphone at the same time, so it's not an isolated event. (The girl in question has the ability to shapeshift, in case that matters, and at a fine enough level that it could potentially allow for super-healing or regeneration... but I haven't decided whether that could happen autonomously at all, and being effectively in a coma due to her mind's absence precludes using the power consciously, assuming she wasn't just killed instantly... although, come to think of it, instant death would be best anyways.)

I haven't decided where she was driving, other than that it would be somewhere that made sense for an upper-middle-class teenager to be going by herself in the middle of a Saturday; it would be unlikely for her to be on a long stretch of highway, for example, but busy city streets would probably work. Similarly, I have nothing in mind for the type of car she drives.

ETA: Edited to rephrase a couple of things and add a little more information.

ETA #2: Alright, I'm probably gonna go with having her hit a tree or a pole, since that's nice and simple and could happen basically anywhere. Thanks for the help!
The Baron enjoys his tea...

Judicial Authority of the King in Jacobean England

Would the king in a political climate parallel to Jacobean England have the power to condemn someone in absentia by decree and to dispatch a warship from the front lines in an active war (an underfunded one with not enough ships) in order to retrieve him, or would he be much more likely to have a lower court hold a mock trial and then have to appeal to Parliament for the warship?

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Keywords I used (in various combinations): Jacobean king "James I" authority judicial power condemn absentia parliament court proceedings

What I found were mostly specific events that didn't pertain very well to this fictional situation.

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Say there was a werewolf, and he was born completely off the grid. Wild pack in the middle of no where, they probably don't even speak English. Obviously such a person would have no birth certificate or Social Secretary number, there would be no government record of him ever having existed.

Say such a 'Wolf left the woods (for whatever reason) and wanted to get married and find work. How would such a person get papers he needs to do these things?

At first I thought, he'll need to get a fake identity, phony citizenship or whatever. How would one go about getting false papers? How do you talk to, how much does it cost, and how well would they stand up to scrutiny? In the movies or on tv people always meet Russians in allys, but I'll need a bit more detail than that.

Is there some sort of government office that he might go to and say, "My parents were hillbillies and didn't register me but I'm an American I promise even though I can't actually prove it, SS# please?" I imagine this has to come up once in a while in real life.
high key denial

Caudal Equina Syndrome in a man...

I'm looking for information related to involuntary muscle movement and nerve sensation in a man with caudal equina syndrome. Specifically:

* can he get an erection?
* If so, can he feel it?
* Are there any exceptions (body functions, pressure points) to the no-sensation-below-the-waist rule?
* And is a catheter the standard equipment for urine management?

My character is a 21-year-old gay male living in Pittsburgh, PA, in the modern day. He has had CES for about a year as a result of blunt trauma to the lower back, and is now paraplegic with loss of sensation below his belly button. The specifics I'm asking about pertain to several housekeeping functions, as well as a sensual scene in which he (were he not injured) would have become aroused, then had sex.

Have Googled, among other phrases, caudal equina side effects, caudal equina syndrome, paralyzed side effects, paralyzation, erectile dysfunction (no help there, not surprisingly), caudal equina erection, and paralyzation erection.

Bullet wounds and recovery time.

Hello again, everyone. I've been Googling this, and I've checked out the relevant tags on this community, but I still haven't found the information I need. Any help would be wonderful.

I need to shoot my main character, but in such a way that while he'll be in hospital for several days at least (I need him to miss something important going on elsewhere). A few weeks of impaired functioning would be very useful too, but not necessary. :)

But, I don't want him to need months and months of recovery time or rehabilitation or to be permanently disabled. Just a few weeks or a month total, or less, if possible.

So, it doesn't matter where in the body he gets shot, just so long as he'll be out of commission, but not for too long.

I was planning on shooting him with a 9mm handgun, at a distance of about ten feet, since that will probably make a difference. Just one bullet.

Thank you all very, very much in advance!

EDITED TO ADD: I knew I forgot something. Sorry! It takes place in 2004, in America in this universe. And the shot can come from the front or the side, but I fear the back would be too complicated. Thanks!
  • jo_fitz

Near Death experence-drowning

I've gone through google and lj seek searching for drowning and near death experiences.

My character has a near drowning experience. I've found loads about meeting God and such. But that's not what I'm looking for. What I want to know is how she's going to feel. I imagine she is going to feel like her lungs are going to bust. But can anyone give me more of an idea about what goes on?