So in one of my WIP's the MC was tortured by the V but he was rescued by friends before the V actually managed to get really into it. There were lasting effects of this but I can't find them anywhere. All the internet wants to talk about it how horrible it is. That's great, fine, it's horrible. But what about afterwards? This is the torture method that the V used: "Mancuerda was a method of torture. A tight cord was wound around the arms of the condemned. The executioner would then throw his entire weight backwards, or the pressure would be exerted by a lever. The cord cut through skin and muscle directly to the bone. Additional pain was produced by the fact that the body of the prisoner was stretched as in a rack, and the belt or girdle attached to the waist also contributed further to the suffering. The procedure was repeated six or eight times, on different parts of the arms. People subjected to such torture usually fainted from its effects." -Wikipedia So, the V only got as far as one arm but I can't find anything definite for what it would have done to the MC. The MC got medical attention and the healer saved his arm but still wasn't the best healer, especially on short notice. I've tried to come up with some of the long-term effects but I'm not really sure how it would turn out. The WIP takes place 5-7 years later and as far as I have it right now the MC is crippled in that arm, (and he has ptsd from the experience). The torture incident is basically the driving point of the story so it has to have some significant long-term effects. Any ideas on how useable that arm would be? Partially? Not at all? Would it become more or less usable with time? Would it be painful? Or would it feel dead? Just how "crippling" would it be? How else would it affect him other than his arm? Is the mancuerda too much or not enough? Is there something else that would work better? Thanks for reading and any advice is greatly appreciated.