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Give me some fabulously horrific ideas for a Cold-Blooded Torture scene. The sadistic villains are going to slowly ramp up the torture until they kill the captive, but he gets rescued before there's any debilitating damage. Scars are fine, though.

Aside from painful, degrading and humiliating methods are good; this is a proud hero who's used to having everything in hand.

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Well I was going to say waterboarding, but I read you wanted scars and then i had to rethink.

Well you could have the torturers asphyxiate him with a bag, revive him then do it all over again. I'd imagine the bag would dig into the skin and leave some pretty nasty marks.

Actually now that i think about it waterboarding would leave some nasty scars on your wrists and ankles. Might wanna go with that.

edited 5th Jun '11 12:42:43 AM by AtomJames

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I just mean scars are all right. There don't have to be scars (and, yes, anything a conscious person is struggling against hard enough will probably leave some marks).

 4 Eldritch Blue Rose, Sun, 5th Jun '11 4:48:03 AM from A Really Red Room
The Puzzler
Have you looked up any Medieval torture or torture during ancient times? They tend to be very colorful about how they torture people, and there should be some which leave some marks.
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 5 Delles, Sun, 5th Jun '11 4:52:23 AM from Madmen Pavillion
Irukandji Syndrome. Extremely painful.

For additional horror, show the torturers gently reassuring him, consoling him, acting as if hell will come, and that they're pitying him. Bonus for giving him some coffee, a cigarette or some sweets. It's generally great for demoralizing.

edited 5th Jun '11 4:56:22 AM by Delles

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One unusual symptom associated with Irukandji syndrome is a feeling of "impending doom".
You can do that with just chemistry? Depending on the tech level, just give them that.

edited 5th Jun '11 6:16:31 AM by Yej

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 7 Mr AHR, Sun, 5th Jun '11 6:17:51 AM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
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Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
 9 annebeeche, Sun, 5th Jun '11 7:09:20 AM from by the long tidal river
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Do they have the resources to cause him pain and pleasure without the risk of killing him? If so, they can perform the most cruel application of operant conditioning known to man in an attempt to change the way he thinks.

edited 5th Jun '11 7:12:17 AM by annebeeche

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 10 honorius, Sun, 5th Jun '11 10:42:09 AM from The Netherlands
Barney non-stop in a small cramped cell with stroboscopes.
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 11 Bur, Sun, 5th Jun '11 11:35:30 AM from Flyover Country Relationship Status: You cannot grasp the true form
Until you said they had to survive I was going to suggest sawing. Uuuugh, just going back to that page made me feel ill. Worst wiki walking destination ever.
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Delles: Wow. The duration is perfect. I am dissuaded by the cardiac arrest possibility...but then again, they're planning to kill him eventually.

Actually the major downside would be that, during that whole period, there would be no real point to doing anything else to him.

 13 Delles, Sun, 5th Jun '11 12:43:17 PM from Madmen Pavillion
You can make 'em speak to him, reassuring him, sometimes trying to console him. Y'know, just to further shattering his morale.

Actually, it depends on the personality of the one who's been tortured. If he's really stubborn, doing nothing and leaving him alone to his pain is usually the best idea, as taunting and/or reassuring/consoling him will only further his resolve. If he's quite the reasonable guy, then these kinds of false reassurances generally work really well. Generally, the most efficient complement is to instill despair, as coupled with his situation, it will inevitably shatter his resolve.

As for the cardiac arrest, since the torturers wannt him alive, nothing keeps them from giving him some basic medical treatment. Since morphine's practically useless, it doesn't change the fact that the victim will feel extreme pain, which is what they want.

edited 5th Jun '11 1:05:53 PM by Delles

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 14 Toaster Dust, Fri, 10th Jun '11 7:28:34 PM from Sacramento, California
In no particular order of horror: cooking off parts of his body over a fire. Heating clothing into shrinking over parts of his body and snapping. Flaying skin off of someone he loves to make into clothes to use in the above torture. Random burning and then further abusing the wounds, rubbing feces into them etc. Castration and other genital mutilation. Cultivation of vermin in wounds, insects or rodents. Perhaps they could hook some sort of drainage system to his lungs, make him drown and then empty them only to refill them at a later time. Flaying in general if its not to extensive will be painful but not fatal. Sensory deprivation/overload. bad music.
It's like they always say "Oh God no, please please please, you don't have to do this, please God no I have a..."
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[up] It's not actually that nice. Guantánamo used/uses heavy metal played at high volume, continually, in a small space, as a form of torture. Imagine being forced to sit next to the speakers at a disco for 24h... urk. Not fatal either, though I imagine being tortured to the strains of "Smoke on the Water" must do terrible things to the sanity. The torturers would have to block their ears, of course. Forced positions are similarly unpleasant (e.g. vertical but without being able to sit, stand or even slump).

The best (worst) tortures are the ones that target the mind. Since they're aiming to kill him, they'll be going for the body, too — but in a subtler way. Unpredictability is a powerful weapon. Bodily damage isn't essential; mental torture is (supposedly) a lot harder to deal with.

Then, of course, your torturers are aiming to kill him, and probably with a more personal approach... <ham>TO THE PAIN!</ham> Again, it's what it does to the mind rather than the body that's the key here. Disassemble the MC: break his fingers, joint by joint; tear out the nails (after the fingers have been broken); break his eardrums; break his jaw (especially if he relies on words to defend himself); dislocation of various joints. Or you can get more creative, though this can verge on Narm for reader and prisoner. Force an instrument down his throat to make him vomit. Force his mouth full of objects so that not only is his jaw stretched to breaking point but he can barely breathe. Veeeery slowly scrape away at his skin, eventually removing the top layers (believe me, it hurts like HELL). Weights on the chest to crush but not kill (yet). Or go Aztec: open the chest and squeeze the heart. Careful disembowelment has always been popular.

If you want to combine humiliation with body horror, then go for the groin. We're also very protective of our mouths and lips (as they're extremely sensitive). Threatening the eyes is good for fear, but it's pretty hard to be subtle there, since they're so delicate. An attack to the spine is terrifying, because physically we have almost no defences against it: place the head in a position that might break the neck but won't allow the prisoner to do it (escape by suicide foiled mwahaha).

Er... I just realised what a long post that was. I'm not that depraved, I swear. I'm just very bad at brevity.

edited 11th Jun '11 6:53:46 PM by LongLiveHumour

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 17 Eldritch Blue Rose, Sat, 11th Jun '11 8:21:57 PM from A Really Red Room
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[up] I can fall asleep with Opeth blasting in my ears.
So now I know that my lack of success in college is due to ADD — or sleep apnea. I need to do a sleep study some time.
 18 Toaster Dust, Sat, 11th Jun '11 9:00:54 PM from Sacramento, California
Inserting a metal or glass rod into his penis and then inducing erection. Apparently the Vietcong did it so it has some basis in reality. It would also fall under the classic "why is my body betraying me?" which could be mined for more mental torture.
It's like they always say "Oh God no, please please please, you don't have to do this, please God no I have a..."
 19 Dec, Sat, 11th Jun '11 10:09:25 PM from The Dance Floor
Stayin' Alive
It isn't torture, or at least it isn't the type you live through, but I found this rather horrifying. Not a nice way to go out…

edited 11th Jun '11 10:10:13 PM by Dec

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 20 Kyle Jacobs, Sat, 11th Jun '11 10:47:49 PM from Connecticut/D.C.
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What exactly do you guys mean by reassurance?
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 21 Toaster Dust, Sat, 11th Jun '11 10:48:39 PM from Sacramento, California
The ancient Persians also had a torture where they would lock someone in a room filled with ash, eventually the person would collapse and have the ash enter their lungs where it would start to irritate them, if they couldn't stand up they would suffocate, either from the dust or blood or other fluids leaking from damaged tissue.
It's like they always say "Oh God no, please please please, you don't have to do this, please God no I have a..."
 22 Cakman, Tue, 14th Jun '11 4:37:34 PM from whence he came.
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Cyphonismus is described thusly “I note among certain people a regulation to the following effect—that any man who shall have insolently thrown contempt on the decrees of the law, shall be kept in fetters at the public place of execution for twenty days, naked and smeared over with honey and milk, to be food for bees and flies; and when these have done their work, he shall be dressed in women’s clothes and cast headlong down a cliff.”

I love the women's clothing part. That's what turns that torture from gruesome to hilarious for me.
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 23 Mark Von Lewis, Tue, 14th Jun '11 5:40:24 PM from Somewhere in Time Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
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On that wiki list, I see tooth extraction... (shudders)
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The High Octane Nightmare Fuel page for real life has some nice ones. I forget the specific sub page, crime and punishment maybe?

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I had an idea for psychological torture. It involves taking pictures of people the Interrogator has tortured; I.E., the results of the torture. You strap the newest victim to a chair in the middle of the workshop and give him a disorienting drug. Pictures of the interrogator's exploits are posted on the wall, while videos of torture loop on a TV. Anywhere there's not a TV or pictures, various implements of torture and pain are on racks. Audio systems in the room play faint screams as if there's torture going on in other parts of the building.

And that's just the pre-game.
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