The Excruciator is a small torture device used by the Inquisition and others. It is a collapsible, and thus portable "torture rack", described as a small black box, from which protrude many hundreds of fine wires. Placed against the skin, these extend deep within the unfortunate subject's nervous system, enabling the operator to control the individual's emotions and state of mind. With a little fine tuning, it can inflict the most agonizing pain without necessarily causing physical damage.
It is an essential tool of the Inquisition, used by Inquisitors in the field to put traitors and the like "to the question" when they lack either the time or the inclination to transport the prisoner to more complete facilities.[Needs Citation]
It is more simply called a porta-rack.[Needs Citation]
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, pgs. 123, 266
- 2: Draco (Novel) (1990), by Ian Watson, [Needs Citation]