Torture Tower doesn't sleep is a trilogy of horror light novels written by mothy (of Evillious Chronicles fame) and illustrated by Maruino. mothy began the series with a promotional music video made using the VOCALOID program to advertise the first book, Torture Tower Doesn't Sleep: The Three Daughter of Sir Torture which was later published on August 27, 2013. The last installment in the trilogy, Torture Tower Doesn't Sleep: The Ring of Evil, was released on April 14, 2014 and the story has received a couple manga adaptations.
In the impoverished town of Lion City there stands a tall tower on a lake, once the home of the war hero Hank Fieron who was infamous for brutally torturing prisoners there. After his death, the tower was rumored to hold the secret of immortality on the top floor. But three cute girls, who claim to be Hank Fieron's daughters, make it their mission to protect the tower from invaders: Gibbet, Rack, and Maiden. Despite appearances, all three of the girls are dangerous and sadistic killers. They sacrifice visitors to the evil "god" Beritoad so that he will one day be able to grant their wish. But the truth of their situation is actually more complicated than even they know. Meanwhile, a motley cast of individuals seek to stop their work, chief among them a boy named Raymond, who is a clown by day and a wraith hunter by night.
Although not part of the Evillious Chronicles as it takes place in a seemingly unique setting, the Torture Tower series features several references to its sister work and deals with similar themes of humanity, evil, and empathy. It is, however, a much darker series with far more frequent depictions of torture and murder, having a grimmer tone overall.
- Torture Tower Doesn't Sleep: The Three Daughters of Sir Torture
- Torture Tower Doesn't Sleep: The Emerald Girl
- Torture Tower Doesn't Sleep: The Ring of Evil
- Torture Tower Doesn't Sleep -Clown Chapter- (an adaptation of the first light novel)
- Torture Tower Doesn't Sleep: Nightmare Dream (non-canon comedy manga)
- Torture Tower doesn't sleep (the original song)
- Torture Tower Doesn't Sleep: Extra Chapter (a prequel short story)
Tropes from the series as a whole:
- Cold-Blooded Torture: This is the three daughters' specialty, using a variety of real life torture devices and ones modified for the story. More specifically, Rack tends to torture the prisoners while Gibbet lures them in and Maiden kills them when they're too broken to suffer anymore.
- Fantastic Racism: Humans are suspicious and wary of wraiths, a humanoid species that can perform magic, as a result of the evil enacted by the wraith Beritoad before he was allegedly defeated.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Raymond is half wraith on his father's side, this being how he's able to perform magic.
- Moe Anthropomorphism: This is ostensibly what the girls believe they are as torture devices that have come to life, with even their outfits vaguely themed around their corresponding torture device. This is played with since other characters like Raymond believe they are simply wraiths, and it's subverted in Gibbet's case, as she's really a human.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The antagonists Gibbet, Rack, and Maiden are all named after torture devices.
- Josephine, the name of Rack's signature rack, is a reference to Riliane's horse Josephine in the Daughter of Evil series.
Tropes from The Three Daughters of Sir Torture:
- Bittersweet Ending: After Raymond storms the tower with his friends, Lloyd ends up dying, Raymond is injured, and they ultimately fail to stop the girls once and for all, so the tower will continue to prey on people. However, most of the cast survives the incident and are all resolved to continue the fight another day, while Beritoad was at least significantly weakened by being stepped on.
- I Ate WHAT?!: Lloyd ends up finally drinking from the Pot of Basuzu near the end, hoping to cure his facial wounds. When he asks Gibbet if it will really work, she reveals to him what the liquid really is (to his disgust): Beritoad's bath water.
- Kissing Cousins: One chapter has a romance between Cynthia Chamberlain and her cousin Ian, though Ian is clearly using her for his own goals.
- Poison Is Evil: Ian, who is secretly poisoning his young cousin Danny as part of a bid to get the family fortune, is portrayed as a treacherous snake.
- The Reveal:
- In the last chapter, the truth about the Pot of Basuzu, which is claimed to be able to heal any ailment, is revealed: it's just a pot of Beritoad's bath water, and can't heal anything.
- Similarly, Raymond realizes that Gibbbet may not be a wraith after all, because she bled and wraiths can't bleed.
- Storming the Castle: The last chapter has Raymond leading his friends into the tower to take down Beritoad once and for all.
Tropes from The Emerald Girl:
- Ambiguous Situation: Did Hargain intentionally murder all the children from his previous wives to experiment on them? Or were all of their deaths accidental?
- Amnesiac Hero: Tusukomo—because of how she was created, she has a few simple things she won't forget (not to kill humans, and to kill wraiths) but her memory of everything else lasts about three days.
- Artificial Human: The titular Emerald Girl, Tsukomo, is an artificial magical being. She was created out of the corpse of Hargain's fourth wife's child, who supposedly died of disease.
- Big Damn Heroes: During the fight against Rabiah in the climax, Raymond is nearly killed by him before Tsukumo shows up and rescues him. Then the two of them are almost overwhelmed before Liam arrives and helps them drive Rabiah back for good.
- Cast from Hit Points: Tsukumo's powers are like this in a sense, or rather this is the case for Hargain, a human who can do magic through unnatural means and who transmits his powers to Tsukumo. Doing this drains his life energy until he perishes during the final fight, and when Raymond is allowed to power her up through the same means he's cautioned of not overdoing it for the same reason (though he'll be at less risk for being half-wraith.)
- Storming the Castle: In a parallel to the first novel's climax, the last chapter features the antagonists storming the Crossrosier mansion to rescue Beritoad.