I remember something from my Screenwriting Class where we learned to write scenes that involve repetition. The example our instructor provided for us was this scene from the film known as Marathon Man. In this scene, Dustin Hoffman is being interrogated and having his teeth taken apart by a ex-Nazi and his thugs. Throughout this scene, the ex-Nazi constantly asked “Is it safe?” even when Dustin Hoffman gave an answer. For my new superhero series, I will be depicting a similar scene in which a torturer uses psychic powers such as telekinesis and telepathy to torment their target. They will be demanding their victim to repeat a certain phrase and even if their victim does as they are told, they would still be mutilated. Overall, this is going to be a suspenseful and messed up scene that will send chills down your spine.
In my superhuman series, I will be introducing a concept I call psychic torture. When being tortured by telekinesis, the torturer can break bones like twigs, slice through flesh cleaner than any physical blade, and apply pressure to organs. With telepathy, the torturer can project nightmarish illusions or blast the subject’s mind with enough psionic energy to cause indescribable mental pain that could either kill, lobotomize, traumatize, or render the victim unconscious. Imagine a psychic torturer using all of these methods simultaneously on their target and they would do it all without any physical contact with their victim at all.
One of the most common and most darkly brutal aspects of the Middle Ages was the usage of torture. It was often a form of punishment and interrogation. The methods that were employed were quite diverse and gruesomely imaginative. Several of them would be considered human rights violations in the modern world. For example, you could burn a person’s eyeballs out of their skull with a white-hot iron, you could flay them, you could stretch them on a rack until their bodies are torn limb from limb, or you could seal the victim in a coffin that has an interior laced with spikes. I am thinking of portraying torture in my third volume, but I will be adding my own personal twist to it with magic. For example, you could cut a person’s toe or finger off then use magic to grow it back. Here’s the twist, even though you would regenerate the injury quickly, you do have the option of regenerating it incorrectly, which would cause severe nerve damage that leaves the victim in a state of constant debilitating pain. With this method, you could keep the victim alive a lot longer and make them feel a lot more physical and psychological pain than you would with conventional methods of torture. There will be scenes in which an assassin is punished in this manner in the third volume of my fantasy series and it will show a dark side to a major character.