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Questions tagged [torture]

For questions about the application of mental or physical suffering without the intent to kill.

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Is it possible for the Ancient Chinese to have used itching powder as a means of torture? [closed]

I was thinking about Chinese water drop torture, and other forms of torture that do not cause direct physical damage. I was wondering if a form of torture where the victim is made to feeling itchy was ...
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Markets for the forfeit lives of convicted domestic abusers

A free-market solution to preventing domestic-abuse A society of normal humans have constructed a socio-economic system where victims of violent domestic abuse are given a murder-right over their ...
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Security against “truth serum” by means of a drug poisonous in combination with sodium thiopental

The secret police of my fictional country (unoriginally) uses sodium thiopental in medical interrogations, usually in combination with various forms of physical torture. An antagonist (a courier of ...
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Controlling Nanobots in the Bloodstream as a Form of Torture?

An oppressive government entity roughly 70 years in the future has access to elite--albeit experimental--technology. One such technology is a brain chip that allows its soldiers to control simple ...
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Why might a species create a biological torture species?

So, their is an ancient species I’m creating, and their names are simply “The Progenitors”. They existed over 3 million years ago, I’m the Milky Way Galaxy, but sometime 1 million years ago, the ...
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How does a human body react to increasing heat? Can it combust?

Say there's a torture technique that hangs people by metal chains (gruesome, I know; stay with me) and the room slowly heats at a steady rate. (Like boiling a frog in an increasingly hot pot of water.)...
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Would sleep deprivation be an effective way of mass execution?

My army of kobolds (Small, bunny-like rapidly-breeding carnivorous creatures) captured an army of 100,000 human soldiers. The prisoners were transported to my massive underground prisons. My kobolds ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

A free-market solution to preventing further domestic abuse This society has gone full-on free-market everything including the punishment of severe domestic abuse. As a check on the abuser, the ...
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How long could someone survive in “Sky cell” like prison?

In the fiction, A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, one high castle in the mountains, the Eyrie, has so-called sky cells. Those cells are left open to the cold sky. The Eyrie is 600 foot/180 ...
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Knowledge of human anatomy - how effective (torture) is it in a medieval setting?

I'm writing a fantasy-medieval story in which one of the main characters has extensive knowledge of human anatomy. He knows all of the organs and what they do, and knows things like where muscle ...
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How would a decrease in intelligence as a punishment be carried out?

An ideal punishment for evil scientists or geniuses would be a judicially mandated, deliberate decrease in intelligence. Let's say that a judge ordered a person's IQ to be decreased from 200 to 110. ...
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How would deafening as punishment be carried out?

Blinding, amputation and other punitive mutilations have been used effectively in the past; however there are no accounts of deafening, e.g. removal of one's sense of sound, being carried out. How ...
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Can a human be used as a living bee hive or ant hill?

My question is: Can a human be used as a living ant hill or bee hive, e.g. have insects living inside themselves under the premise that they (the human) are completely immobilized? "Living hill or ...
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The profession “Torturer”/“Executioner” [closed]

During medieval times, torturers and executioners stood at the bottom of the social and professional hierarchy, comparable to the Untouchables of India. Due to the nature of their job, village ...
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Modern Scaphism

Scaphism, also called "The Boats", was one of the yummiest and funniest most horrific and gruesome execution methods in Human history, invented by the Persians. The condemned would be tied between two ...
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How to induce artificial gangrene?

A crazy dictator is once again bored of the most gruesome execution methods invented by the leading torturers and doctors of the country. He tasks the employees of his favorite torture center with ...
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Execution by Earthworm

We are talking about those comrades who come out on wet autumn days - you're right, normal earthworms, Lumbricus terrestris. Playing an important role in ecology, earthworms stand at the lower end of ...
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Flogging and punitive mutilation in a zero-G environment

A zero-G ship carrying several hundred civilians is sent out by a dictator to colonize another star system. The dictator relies on corporal punishment including but not limited to caning, flogging and ...
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Ideal torture machine: The Anatomizer

I have read in a book review of "Fallen Angels" that a high-tech torture machine, which "administers drugs and medical attention while busy cracking teeth, flaying skin and breaking bones" and "...
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A method to cause maximum pain to a human

I am currently searching for a new execution method to be used in my fictional psychotic dictatorship. After introducing methods such as decompression, boiling, surgical torture (being dissected alive ...