Certain Death - Hoggle - Shifting Walls Reveal the Four Guards

He had no hankering for the job itself, no Charles Bronson scores to settle. He was interested in the job security and benefits; now both are threatened by the prison's imminent closing. Kerns' year-old father still berates him for switching careers and settling for the decidedly nonglamorous gig of prison guard at Lorton.

He catches flak from all around, even when it's meant as a compliment; his neighbor in rural Virginia, a county deputy, told Kerns that he wouldn't do his job in a million years. But despite his job's obvious shortcomings, Kerns patiently bides his time in work nobody wants to do. Now Kerns stands chain-smoking Marlboro menthols at his post; he's in charge of supervising 60 inmates. As protective-custody prisoners, they are confined to the dorm and a tiny fenced-in rec area.

They're not allowed to roam around the campus as the others are. Ranging in age from 18 to 80, they're a ragtag bunch, sporting more Newport "Alive With Pleasure" T-shirts than standard-issue uniforms. This evening, they're roughhousing and generally raising hell; they're in a good mood because they had a decent chicken-and-mashed-potatoes dinner.

The dorm TV is cranked to top volume, and combined with the inmates' shouting, the racket hits ear-splitting levels. The chronic headaches stopped years ago, says Kerns. Hell, he doesn't even notice the noise now. He's more worried about keeping his job: eight more years and he gets full retirement benefits. That's a long time to pull in Lorton, even at the Youth Center.

He wonders how he ever ended up in this darkened pit, baby-sitting a bunch of convicts. Kerns reaches for his walkie-talkie and checks to see if it's working. It seems to be functioning fine, at least for now. Then he settles in for another long night. Lorton guards pretty much do what inmates do: settle in, do what they can to keep boredom at bay, and hope the time passes.

When Jack Rosser reports to work at 8 a. He hears the steel doors clang shut, and after all these years he still has a sense of dread and smells the "funk" every time he goes into a cellblock. It's not really fear anymore, but a feeling that nonetheless tightens his chest. And yet, Rosser strolls through his beat like a man without a care in the world. It's actually a defense mechanism, a strategy for staying alive on the job. Then a typically dramatic pause. Certainly, Rosser depends on more than just his genial nature on the job.

There simply isn't much incentive for these inmates to get up in the morning, much less to be pleasant or sociable. Rosser tries to find the person trapped inside the terminal prisoner. It's not sympathy exactly, and certainly not solidarity with the inmate, says Rosser. It's simply his job.

It takes on magnified importance, and it takes very little to rub a guy the wrong way. And it's a matter of professionalism paying attention to these little details.

Encased in year-old brick shells, these cellblocks bake in the hot weather, and today the place is stifling and muggy. Prisoners stew in their 5-by-7 pens nearly all day and night. Unlike at the more open compounds, there is little chance to take out frustrations on fellow inmates, so they often target the guards. When Rosser makes the rounds of his cellblock, though, it's clear that he commands respect, and not a little affection, from his inmates.

When a couple of dozen roar in from their hour recess, they're shouting and screaming, all wound up. They mostly glare at a stranger. Man, I'm stinking like a dog, and I got goddamn lice crawling all over me! Rosser greets the others with a sly but respectful salutation: "Hello, Senator" and "All right, Doctor," and later he stops by every cell to listen to the most mundane requests.

If Rosser's friendliness and concern for the inmates seems all too cozy, consider what can happen. The maximum-security guards tread a precarious catwalk on these narrow tiers, and a disgruntled inmate can express his anger any number of ways, the most popular being a practice known as "gassing" or "shitting you down.

Obviously, HIV- or hepatitis-infected feces can pose a problem when splattered on an unsuspecting officer. After Rosser completes his almost cheerful walk through the cellblock, it's easy to forget that he has been bantering with a bunch of convicted killers and rapists.

And it still seems odd that Rosser has taken to the role of corrections officer so well. Like most guards, he had no inkling he'd ever be working behind bars. Corrections isn't typically an occupation one pursues by design, and Rosser literally fell into it. Years ago, his retail store was held up in an armed robbery; he hit the floor fearing for his life. His fellow robbery victims were prison guards, and they got to talking after their shared trauma.

As it turned out, Rosser was dog-tired of the hour weeks toiling as a store manager; he wanted to spend more time with his wife and two boys, and the money and benefits for prison guards weren't that bad a decade ago. Since then, despite the pay freezes and departmental cuts, and Lorton's bad reputation, he has no regrets.

We fight misinformation — with your support. Join Us. What makes Snopes a reliable resource? Get exclusive members-only swag by joining today. Become a Member. Submit a Topic. Shop Snopes. Major monetary distributions or food subsidies renewed and compensated the fidelity of the Praetorians following each failed particular attempted plot such as that of Messalina against Claudius in AD 48 or Piso against Nero in AD The Praetorians received substantially higher pay [1] than other Roman soldiers in any of the legions, on a system known as sesquiplex stipendum , or by pay-and-a-half.

So if the legionaries received denarii , the guards received per annum year. Domitian and Septimius Severus increased the stipendum payment to 1, denarii per year, distributed in January, May and September. Feared and dreaded by the population and by the Roman Senate , the Praetorians received no sympathy from the Roman people. A famous poem by Juvenal recalls the nail left in his foot by the sandal of a Praetorian rushing by him.

In ancient Rome , praetors were either civic or military leaders. The praetorianus were initially elite guards for military praetors, under the Republic. The early Praetorian Guard differed greatly from that in later times, which came to be a vital force in the power politics of Rome.

While Augustus understood the need to have a protector in the maelstrom of Rome, he was careful to uphold the Republican veneer of his regime. Thus, he allowed only nine cohorts to be formed, each originally consisting of men. He then increased them to 1, men each, but allowed three units to be kept on duty at any given time in the capital. A small number of detached cavalry units turmae of 30 men each were also organized.

While they patrolled inconspicuously in the palace and major buildings, the others were stationed in the towns surrounding Rome. This system was not radically changed with the appointment by Augustus in 2 BC of two Praetorian prefects , Quintus Ostorius Scapula and Publius Salvius Aper , although organization and command were enhanced.

Tacitus reports that the number of cohorts was increased to twelve from nine in AD In AD 69 it was briefly increased to sixteen cohorts by Vitellius , but Vespasian quickly reduced it again to nine. In Rome, their principal duty was to mount the Guard at the house of Augustus on the Palatine, where the centuries and the turmae of the cohort in service mounted the guard outside the emperor's palace the interior guard of the palace was mounted by the Imperial German Bodyguard , often also referred to as Batavi , and the Statores [4] Augusti, a sort of military police which were found in the general staff headquarters of the Roman Army.

Every afternoon, the serving tribune of the cohort would receive the password from the emperor personally. The command of this cohort was assumed directly by the emperor and not by the Praetorian prefect. After the construction of the Praetorian camp in 23 BC, there was another similar serving tribune placed in the Praetorian camp accordingly. Their functions included, among many, the escort of the emperor and the members of the imperial family, and if necessary to act as a sort of anti-riot police.

Certain Empresses exclusively commanded their own Praetorian Guard. According to Tacitus, in the year 23 BC, there were nine Praetorian cohorts men, the equivalent of a legion to maintain peace in Italy ; three were stationed in Rome, and the others, nearby.

Their mandatory service period was shorter than that of the legionaries: 12 years with the Praetorians instead of 16 years in the legions in 13 BC: these were increased respectively to 16 and 20 years in year 5 BC according to Tacitus, and their pay was higher than that of a legionaries. An inscription recently discovered suggests that, towards the end of the reign of Augustus , the number of cohorts increased to 12 during a brief period.

According to Tacitus, there were only nine cohorts in 23 AD. The three urban cohorts, which were numbered consecutively after the Praetorian cohorts, were removed near the end of the reign of Augustus; it seemed probable that the last three Praetorian cohorts were simply renamed as Urban Cohorts. The first intervention of the Praetorians on a battlefield since the wars of the end of the Republic took place during the mutinies of Pannonia and the mutinies of Germania.

On the death of Augustus in AD 14, his successor Tiberius was confronted by mutinies in the two armies of the Rhine and Pannonia , who were protesting about their conditions of service, in comparison with the Praetorians.

The mutiny in Germania was repressed by the nephew and designated heir of Tiberius, Germanicus , who later led legions and detachments of the Guard in a two-year campaign in Germania, and succeeded in recovering two of the three legionary eagles which had been lost at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. It was under Tiberius that Lucius Aelius Seianus Sejanus rose in power and was among the first prefects to exploit his position to pursue his own ambitions.

He concentrated under his command all the Praetorian cohorts in the new camp. Sejanus held the title of prefect jointly with his father, under Augustus, but became sole prefect in AD He used that position to render himself essential to the new emperor Tiberius, who was unable to persuade the Senate to share the responsibility of governing the Empire. Sejanus, however, alienated Drusus, son of Tiberius, and when the heir to the throne, Germanicus , died in AD 19, he was worried that Drusus would become the new emperor.

Accordingly, he poisoned Drusus with the help of the latter's wife, and then immediately launched a ruthless elimination program against all competitors, persuading Tiberius to make him his heir apparent.

He almost succeeded, but his plot was discovered and revealed in AD 31 and he was subsequently killed. Emperor Tiberius used for this purpose the Cohortes urbanae which were not under the control of Sejanus. Under Caligula, whose reign lasted until AD 41, the overall strength of the Guard increased from 9 to 12 Praetorian cohorts.

In year 41, it was disgust and hostility of a praetorian tribune, named Cassius Chaerea — whom Caligula teased without mercy due to his squeaky voice — which led to the assassination of the emperor by officers of the guard.

While the Imperial German Bodyguard sacked all in a search to apprehend the murderers, the Senate proclaimed the restoration of a Republic. Sarah cleared out all her toys, giving some to Toby and selling the rest. Her memories of the Labyrinth had been taken along with her dreams, so all contact with her friends from her adventure there ceased.

After graduating from high-school, Sarah went to college and studied to become a teacher. She became a teacher of English Literature at a Junior School, where she was notoriously strict. Sarah became engaged at one point, but the relationship did not last. While she generally referred to her past passion for acting dismissively, Sarah appeared wistful whenever her choice to abandon acting was mentioned.

She maintained a relationship with Toby, although they had drifted apart after she started college. Sarah formed a relationship with a man called Tim in her late twenties, but Sarah found him close-minded and eventually left him.

Towards the end of her relationship with Tim, Jareth started stalking Sarah, as he was once again pre-occupied by her after he was unable to win the love of the ablation formed from her dreams. Jareth lured Sarah into a dream world and willed her to stay with him there forever.

However, she discovered that the entire Labyrinth was in danger and persuaded Jareth to return both of them to the Labyrinth and save it. Jareth did as Sarah bid him, and ultimately allowed her to return to her own world so she could 'follow her own path'.

Reunited with the ablation, Sarah had her dreams restored to her. Sarah was last seen writing a fairy-tale esque novel patterned on The Labyrinth Return to Labyrinth. Upon returning home Sarah is told off by her step-mother for being late, as she and Sarah's father, Robert, were due to go out for the evening.

This sends Sarah into a rage, and she storms upstairs to her room. Her parents put Toby in his cot, and much to Sarah's disgust call up to tell her they are leaving. Upon discovering that her toy bear Lancelot is missing from her shelf, Sarah storms into her half-brother's room causing him to cry and finds the bear with him. Sarah is incensed and initially wishes that someone would take her away from "this awful place," lifting Toby out of his cot and telling him a story that mirrors her own situation.

She calms down, but as she leaves the room Toby continues to cry and she says "I wish the Goblins would come and take you away. Right now. When she tries to turn the light on again, the switch fails to work. Upon re-entering the room, Sarah finds that Toby has vanished. After Toby's disappearance a white barn owl flies into the room, and transforms into Jareth, the Goblin King. Jareth tells Sarah that he has taken the baby as she asked, and offers her a crystal that will reveal her dreams if she forgets about her brother.

Sarah declines, and Jareth tells her that she has thirteen hours to rescue her brother from his Labyrinth and that he will turn the baby into "one of us forever" if she fails to reach him in time. Sarah sets off on her quest and quickly encounters Hoggle , a dwarf gobblin who works as a gardener in Jareth's Labyrinth. When Sarah first meets Hoggle, he is stunning faeries with a spray-gun.

Sympathetic, Sarah lifts one of the faeries up in her hand to tend to it, only for it to bite her finger. After this, Sarah asks Hoggle to show her the entrance to Jareth's Labyrinth and is led to the front gates the open as she approaches. Hoggle leaves Sarah to enter the Labyrinth alone, and the doors of the Labyrinth swing shut behind him leaving Sarah with no choice but to move forward alone.

After running through the same walled corridor for a sustained period of time without making any progress, Sarah stops and hits the walls in frustration.

She slumps down against one of the walls in defeat, and is addressed by a Worm who lives in a crack in the wall. The Worm tells Sarah that things in the Labyrinth are not always what they seem, and suggests that she try walking through the wall adjacent to them as it contains an opening.

Unable to see a way out, Sarah nonetheless approaches the wall and finds an opening just as the worm said. Sarah enters a new area of the Labyrinth formed of oddly shaped walls and dead ends. Sarah tries to mark the route she is taking with lipstick, but eventually finds there are small creatures over-turning the stones she is marking, making her system useless.

Sarah eventually encounters The Four Guards who are assigned to two doors; one of the doors leads to the next area of the Labyrinth while the other leads to certain death. He also saw the skeletons of Carn 2 and Carn 8 when descending into the Hive. Two other members of the Carn Pod - Carn 4 and Carn 5 - appeared at the Dreaming Spring and captured Prin while she was playing hide-and-find with Lief. The Guards were searching for Glock , Neridah , and Doom, who had saved them from their captors.

As they drank water from the spring, Lief made an attempt to rescue Prin, but she was startled and made noise that attracted the Guards. However, the Dreaming Water took effect and they transformed into trees. Later, Crenn explained that, many years ago, Grey Guards used to be one of the dangers the Kin faced on Dread Mountain.

While fighting Gellick , the companions learned that Gellick's venom was used in the blisters of Grey Guards. The pirates that attacked Lief, Barda, Jasmine and Dain on the River Queen recognised Dain as a member of the Resistance and captured him alive because Grey Guards would pay a large ransom for him. The pirates who kidnapped Dain docked at the rendezvous spot where they would hand Dain over to Grey Guards. However, a thunderstorm hindered them, and Lief, Barda, and Jasmine were able to rescue Dain before the trade could be made.

Tom served the Teep pod at his shop when members of the Resistance arrived to spread the word about the meeting at Withick Mire. One of the Guards - Teep 4 - told Tom that they had been ordered to go the west, where they were expecting battle. Steven tried to distract the Guards so that the companions could escape across a field of grippers , but they antagonised him and tried to feed his horse Mellow to the carnivorous plants. This caused Nevets to materialise, slaughter the Guards, and feed their remains to the grippers.

After Dain had Ichabod disrupt the ceremony and fake his capture, the companions, along with Resistances members went to Del to save him. When they arrived, they quickly spotted the Bak pod tying Dain to a pyre in front of Gla-Thon , Zeean and Glock, whom they had captured earlier.

The companions and Nevets fought their way through the Grey Guards to reach Dain, but Nevets was captured and Dain was revealed to be an Ol. Once she arrives at the Warriors' headquarters, she begins training with Falco. During training, she is beaten by Falco in a footrace for the first time.

On the way back to the internment zone, she is annoyed by a soldier's comment and reminds her friends that her achievements make her a better candidate than Falco. Seeing how determined he looks, she asks him about his motivations, reminding him of his brother's status. Falco tells her it is for her sake, which surprises and angers her, having the feeling he gets in her way. The same day, she watches the preparations for the festival with Udo and Zofia. As they discuss the Eldian's situation, she reminds them of their job for the night and tells them to correct their quirks, then chokes them as a punishment for having cheered for Falco earlier.

In the evening, she works as a waitress with her fellow candidates for the ambassadors welcome party. Seeing Udo was having troubles, she approaches him, then the four candidates listen to Willy Tybur 's declaration to the guests. Gabi and the others shocked at Tybur's revelation about the truth behind the Great Titan War. The following day, she wakes up late and gets out to see many attractions in the internment zone. She is joined by her friends who tell her about the festival and take her with them.

During the day, she enjoys the event with Reiner and the others. Later, Reiner has to drag her as she has eaten too much. At night, her group joins the other Warriors to hear Willy Tybur's speech. Gabi watches Tybur's production along with her fellow Warriors and Warrior candidates.

When Tybur reveals that it was actually Karl Fritz , not the Tybur family , who ended the Great Titan War, Gabi and her fellow candidates are left stunned. She and the others hear the rest of Willy's speech and his declaration of war against Paradis Island. Suddenly, Eren 's Attack Titan comes forth to crush the stage, sending Willy's eviscerated corpse into the air and rubble hurling towards the crowd. Gabi is dazed by the sudden attack, needing to be helped to her feet by Colt.

She is traumatized to see Zofia's corpse beneath a rock beside her, and is grabbed by Colt to help her escape from the area. Udo, who had been with them, breaks off to check on Zofia, however, the crowd separates Udo before trampling him in the pandemonium. Colt and Gabi are forced to take cover behind rubble, and wait for the panicked crowd to pass them.

Later on, they flee the area that had become a battlefield between the Attack and War Hammer Titans , after recovering Udo's mangled form. She asks Colt about how Udo is, but he is unable to give her a straight answer, saying they should go to the hospital instead.

They get to a hospital and Colt begs a doctor to take a look at Udo, but the doctor refuses, stating that their beds are full and Udo is already dead.

Disheartened, Colt puts Udo's corpse on the ground and asks Gabi to stay with her family and get as far away from the plaza as possible while he goes to look for Falco, ensuring her that the Warrior Unit will defeat the invading Titans.

However, she refuses, and announces that she will go to fight too, because she cannot understand why Udo and Zofia were killed. She then runs towards the battle zone, as Colt vainly tries to stop her. Finding a convoy of reinforcements, Gabi requests to be allowed in one of the cars, but the gate guards order her to go home. At that moment, the area is attacked by the Survey Corps , who strike the soldiers with bombs and bullets.

As one of the guards tells Gabi to run, he is also killed by a sniper and Gabi spots his killer, Sasha Blouse , atop a nearby roof. Gabi watches as Sasha and Connie flee from the scene, and then grabs the rifle left by one of the fallen guards.

Looking for Eren, Gabi runs towards the battle holding the rifle and declaring that she will kill him. The shock-wave knocks the three off their feet, though they are unharmed. Falco observes that her injuries are so serious that her body is not repairing itself fast enough, and Gabi adds that the Cart Titan is not as tough as some of the others, including the Armored Titan.

Gabi asks Falco about Reiner, and Falco responds that he does not know, as he was below the building behind the stage during Eren's attack, and he thinks that they should not disturb him.

Gabi is shocked at Falco's words, reminding him that Udo, Zofia and many others have been killed by Eren.

Left: A guard stands behind bars at the Adjustment Center during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in California. Picture .

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