The way torture works is by making someone feel powerless. By making them want to die, yet be unable to. A torturer is only as effective as the healer he works with. (Dark Healer class anyone?) My favorites are chinese water torture and being eaten alive by animals or insects. an old indian method of torture was burying someone up to their neck, then cutting the throat and leaving them in the wilderness. Scalping was also torture, as it was done by ripping off the scalp after making the initial cuts, kind of like a perforated box. Go to Comment
I give my anime players sake (IG) in places that wouldn't normally carry it when they are relly good players, or when their deeds are Gradiose in a good way.
I Give them all leniency with the law at random intervals, and occasionaly a bounty hunter, privateer, or mercenary license from the government.
I let exceptional players take on newbies or npcs as apprentices. Go to Comment
The Chinese, when attacking a castle or fort, flew kites over the city wall and used the length of string it took to get it there as a measurement to know how far they had to dig a tunnel to get under the wall.