Here's a bit of info about a character I've been cooking up lately. Ethan Leosi is a former operative for a top-secret CIA team known as the butchers, along with several other characters. Notably, my Big Bad
was the head of the unit when it was still operational. During a second American civil war, the butchers were responsible for assassinations, abductions, and all manner of operations that needed to be kept secret until they were completed and could be used for propaganda/intimidation purposes. Back then, Ethan and the Big Bad
were both in charge of interrogation, i.e. a combination of torture and truth serum. Back then, they kind of had a Good Cop/Bad Cop
thing going, with Ethan as the bad cop.
The problem here is that outside of the torture chamber, Ethan was the team medic and a really nice guy who had serious moral issues with what he was doing, especially towards the end. The reason that he ended up doing the bulk of the torturing was that his medical knowledge allowed him to target the areas of the body that would cause the most pain in the victim without the risk of fatality, and his very loose reading of the Hypocratic Oath led him to believe that he was doing less harm by torturing people than he would have done by passing up the opportunities for information that they provided.
17 years after the end of the war, Ethan has cut all his ties to the government. He's now a family man and a pediatrician who's carrying some serious guilt over his actions. The problem is that the Big Bad
, while no slouch in the torture department himself, isn't particularly good at extracting information and at some point needs to call on Ethan to come work for him. Needless to say, Ethan wants nothing to do with whatever the Big Bad
is planning until the latter casually brings far too many details about his wife and kids into their conversation.
Anyway, at some point later on, Ethan is doing his thing to one of the main characters. I'm thinking the best way to show that he's still a good guy who really, really doesn't want to be where he is but is too scared for his family to actually do something about it would be to cut from him about to go to town on someone to him looking utterly horrified and throwing up in a toilet or something.
So, my question is, does all of that justify or at least explain some of the most Cold-Blooded Torture
I've ever written (which is seriously saying something) while keeping Ethan sympathetic?
edited 4th Dec '11 3:24:18 PM by KyleJacobs