Warning: Brutal concept coming up!
The ultimate punishment in a setting of mine is a procedure known as The Emperor's Wrath.
A person subject to that punishment undergoes the following: They have their arms and legs surgically removed, they lose the ability to smell, hear, see or taste (more on that later). They also lose their teeth, and are sterilized (complete removal of the genitals for the physically male, and just sterilization for those physically female), and for good measure the tongue is removed.
This is all I could come up with so far. I don't think it would be possible to rob them of the ability to move their chest as they breathe, for example
This is all done by doctors so as not to murder them or cause complications. They are expected to survive for as long as possible and will be cared for by guards.
The purpose is to put them in the worst possible prison ever by robbing them of all things. Like even hearing or talking.
The technology available to the doctors who perform the torture is roughly 1850. But that is a bit flexible so I can scale it up or down a bit. This does not mean there are no rules. Merely that I can change them if needs be.
Now as I'm no doctor I'm not sure of two things.
- Can that be medically done with that tech without murdering them or causing them severe complications as to have them die shortly?
- What other senses exist that I can rob them of? Can doctors of the time remove their vocal chords or skin so they can't even feel the air...etc?
Please note that I don't want them to die or be drugged after their "treatment" is done. The purposes is to punish them. Having them in a half awake state of existence is not as bad.
The reason I'm asking here is that I'm not sure a medical place would be welcoming or even help me with the time frame aspect of the problem.
If I have to break it up into 2 different questions, or if it does not belong here just comment please.