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Nightmare Fuel: Inheritance Cycle
The men with no pain.
Selena, Eragon's mother, before her Heel-Face Turn, when she was still known as Galbatorix's assassin "The Black Hand". To test her skill and creativity, her lover Morzan taught her the magic word for "heal" (and nothing else) and then pitted her against some of his best warriors. She healed them of their fear and anger and all the things that made them want to kill her, basically turning them into placid, mindless idiots, then slit their throats. It's pretty hard to accept her Heel-Face Turn after what she did.
That may or may not have been a rumor, which could make it worse. But you know what isn't a rumor? The fact that both Selena and Murtagh, and others, can be bound with magic the way they were. Imagine it. You're forced to do whatever someone says, and your body will do it for you even if you try to resist.
On a related topic, you also have even the weakest magician being able to read anyone's mind at any time without being detected, not to mention Mind Rape. And in Book 4, Galbatorix does just that to Nasuada. He starts out pretty tame, just a few simple tricks (such as manipulating the flow of time). He follows up with an illusion where Nasuada thinks years have passed, she's happily married, and has kids. When this fails, he puts her in a dream where she's being repeatedly killed. Nasuada starts laughing. And later, Galbatorix slowly takes Eragon's mind to pieces. Yes, he gets better, but really! ERAGON, the insanely powerful Dragon-Rider. Imagine what an ordinarily powerful magic-user could do to Muggles like us!?!
The Ra'zac and Lethrblaka, but even more so their worshippers in Dras-Leona. As a degenerate, bloodthirsty cult that worships ancient, horrible monsters, they're actually quite reminiscent of H.P. Lovecraft's towns with dark secrets, and Christopher Paolini may have been inspired partly by Lovecraft. And the High Priest (Priestess?) is severely mutilated (he/she is missing arms, legs, and part of his/her tongue, probably willingly so as self-dismemberment is a regular part of their cult), and possesses incredible psychic powers.
This one deserves a bit more emphasis. These worms? They aren't described by an onlooker to the process. No, they're being described from the point of view of the person who is being eaten by them as a form of torture. Of all the creatures in the book, they're probably the most straight-up revolting and terrifying.
Also, right after we see them being used as a torture instrument, we cut to Eragon, on Doru Arabea, finding some weird-looking worms and having no idea what they are capable of.