Mind Breaks are when Probes or other telepaths shatter the sanity of an individual to extract information. They require an unanimous vote from The Council in order to be cleared. They are typically ordered when the individual is either withholding crucial information or the person has been sentenced to Exile, or both. Mind breaks are also when an elf feels guilt, as in the case of Alden Vacker.
Memory breaks were horrible, brutal things—even when they were necessary. Narration