You're right, heroin wouldn't be the best torture device, but in addition the the psychological horror that manfred noticed, after a while they become addicted, causing more pain latter one when you move on to some other method of torture. Go to Comment
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
This device was invented when Sir Leonard Skeffington was the lieutenant of the Tower of London. 'Scavanger' was a corruption of Skeffington. In Italy this was known as the 'cicogna' or "the stork".
Originally used as a bondage device to transport prisoners between two buildings-this device also caused painful cramping of the abdomen and rectum. The neck was placed inside a loop, the hands placed through smaller loops, and the legs stuck between two bars, with the feet locked into stirrups. This placed the prisoner into an uncomfortable fetal position, with the knees and hands drawn up to the chin. Any kind of significant movement was painfully impossible.
Variations existed, which allowed the torturer to slowly compress the distance between the knees and chin. This resulted in broken bones, througout the ribcage and spine. Go to Comment
An execution device designed in ancient Greece, and one of my favorites!
A brazen bull, life-sized, made totally of brass, was hollow, with a door in the side. The victim was shut up in the bull and a fire was set under it, heating the metal until it became "red hot" and causing the victim inside to slowly roast to death. So that nothing unseemly might spoil the spectators viewing pleasure, the bull was usually designed in such a way that its smoke rose in spicy clouds of incense. The head of the ox was supplied by a complex system of tubes and stops so that the prisoner's screams were converted into sounds not unlike the bellowing of an infuriated ox. It is also said that when the bull was reopened, the victims' scorched bones shone like jewels and were made into bracelets.
In my campaign, the jaded aristocrats of the Empire of A'Thun, 'improved' on this design, by allowing a more intricate set of tubing and piping to emit a sound not unlike music, during the roasting victim's muted death screams. Composers, of a sort, competed among themselves to produce short, inspired pieces of symphony for the amusement of the masses. Go to Comment
A deviously simple tool that was used on victims either cold or red-hot. Built somewhat like a huge scissor with four to six curved prongs in lieu of blades. Suspended from the ceiling, the pincers would be used to lift the victim into the air, using the soft flesh of the buttocks, belly or breasts- or the eyes and ears, much like a bowling ball. Go to Comment
A classic Shaw Brothers Kung-Fu film which featured quite an array of disturbing torture and killing methods.
1- A weakened (from torture) and sleeping victim, is excruciatingly killed by asphixiation, being slowly smothered to death in his cell with several layers of wet paper sheets, placed snuggly on his face. No mess, no fuss. It appears he died from previous injuries.
2- The classic Iron Maiden makes an appearence
3- A breastplate of iron, heated in a fire is forced onto a victim's chest, causing his flesh to burn, bubble and scar permanently.
4- One poor sap, a witness to a killing, is 'silenced' permanently by the murderers, by having his throat ripped out from the inside with a long steel hook inserted through his mouth. The villains killed another chap by jamming a long sewing needle up his nose, and into his brain. A little blood around his nostril was the only evidence of how he died. Go to Comment
I'm definitely not advocating pc's to 'use' these devices and methods necessarily, certainly not 'good' or 'lawful' ones. These are mainly for the many villains of the any given game, but even more specifically as a GM tool for atmosphere and ambience. I guess I'd rather throw a 'brazen bull' in my next dungeon, than yet another 'rack'.
I should also add that as opposed to becoming an index of every torture device ever made by man, I intended for this scroll to include some of the more peculiar or rarer ones, as well as 'made-up' (campaign specific?) items, techniques and methods. Go to Comment
Which brings us to one of my favorite Native American torture techniques. I believe the Iroquois were particularly known for this one. A small hole is drilled into the lower belly of the victim. His or her intestine is pulled out some and nailed to a tree. The victime is then forced to walk around the tree in circles, until the entire intestinal thread is pulled out...slowly. Go to Comment
Is that as painful as testes or testicles? Or did you mean textiles? :D It could happen and it did. Many eunuchs were created by this very same technique in the Ottoman Empire, Ancient China, etc... Go to Comment
I just love the comments! :D Especially the ones that go something like this:
"hello, I am a young, enterprising torturer. I find your scroll quite informative. Toodles! btw, whats RP? Hang on, let me go finish her off, one sec..."
"Captain Penguin! I have tried your Saq-Mai technique, and I would just like to say, that it doesnt work exactly how you said it does! You people should be more careful with your descriptions! Some of us are actually trying these out! Peace, Bob." Go to Comment