April 13th, 2010

Electroshock torture, neuropathy, and other effects

I've researched: torture methods, political torture methods, electroshock torture, electric shock, neuropathy, torture recovery, electroshock after effects, etc. 

I have a character who is going to be held and tortured by a sadistic creep for a few days. I am looking for a torture method that provides an extreme amount of pain with no broken bones, and with not a horribly long recovery period (physically). I was thinking electroshock torture might work for this (she will also be beaten and possibly have other injuries). I'd like the character to be able to return to work within a month or two at most, but maybe to have some lasting physical effects. I have some experience with mononeuropathy (compressed nerves) and longer-term peripheral neuropathy (due to an autoimmune disease) myself, but I'm aware that the neurological effects due to electroshock torture are different.

I've had a really difficult time finding information on the kinds of immediate physical effects of the torture as well as the longer lasting effects and how quickly the character would be able to return to normal day-to-day tasks. If anyone could give me especially an idea of how the recovery period would work and additionally, if you're able, some information on different methods of administering the torture and the immediate physical effects, that would be great. Thanks so much.
  • xirysa

approximate traveling time

Mmm... Quick question.

If one were traveling in a caravan of some sort, approximately how long would it take to cover a distance of... Let's say, around 600-700 hundred miles? (Just as an approximate--I haven't actually attempted to figure out what the real distance is..)

And if it helps at all, this is a wedding caravan carrying the bridal party; that is, family members and servants, things needed for the wedding (including a somewhat hefty dowry), animals, etc. And they're traveling on a caravan/trading route that goes from the sea side to a somewhat more inland location, over some grasslands and small forests (forests in the sense that there are trees, but they're all fairly young and not particularly close together--not that many of 'em, either.)

Also, is it at all entirely probable for a wedding caravan such as this to be traveling in a time period that could be considered equivalent to southern/eastern Europe in the 1400s or 1500s? (As far as Asiatic countries are concerned, I do know that this was true, but...)

So yes. Thank you.

Predatory Creatures in Australia

Setting: Modern day Australian Outback

I'm looking for some examples of Australian animals that are considered threats to livestock.  I've done searches on Google and Wikipedia for Australian Predators, Australian Carnivores, and Australian Fauna, and the best I could find was the dingo.

Is there anything larger?  Or anything else at all beyond the dingo?  Specifically, I'm working with a werewolf killing cattle, and I want to find an animal that a farmer could say "definitely an X attack"...

EDIT: Thanks, all!  I'm going to go with dingoes and feral dogs, and I'm probably going to shift the threatened livestock from cattle to sheep.  Makes my life easier, in the end, since my werewolf's leaving money for the farmers after they turn back into a human (a la Angua from Discworld) and a dead sheep probably won't make him go broke like paying for a dead cow.