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RandomRex6 21st Oct 2016, 8:00 AM edit delete
How does one describe that as a GM? In a non-visual medium, freaking people out with shocking imagery is definitely an uphill battle.

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Someguy Somewhere 21st Oct 2016, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
It takes a lot of skill. Setting the atmosphere and mood, creating a lead up, smoothly switching between dialogue and description in a way that feels natural, a whole lot of things. Painting a mental picture like this takes effort and probably a good deal of prep but it is really cool to pull off. Reading some well-written novels for examples of scenes and sentence structure can help a lot.
Anonymous 21st Oct 2016, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
It probably helps to try and be less "shocking" or perhaps "sudden" in general. Like with this scene here, in the original source a lot of the emotional impact comes from just suddenly seeing this (relatively) grotesque imagery. But as a DM what would have taken ten seconds to communicate to the show's audience visually will probably take a minute or two to describe to your players with adequate imagery to really sell what they're "seeing." That extra time removes some of the impact.

What I would do with Ibiki instead is make him less "shocking" and more "disturbing." Instead of a whole, "And this... could happen to you!" kind of attitude where he's throwing these injuries into your face, I'd play him more subdued. A shell shocked war veteran. Someone who is calmly explaining what terrible things have happened to him but with dead eyes. Then when he reveals the injuries they're a corroboration of his story, and the emotional punch is less, "Oh god what happened to him!" and instead more, "oh god that happened to him."

Basically I would just take a different angle. So maybe I didn't answer your question?

Also I guess this assumes players who will sit and listen to what an NPC has to say for more than five minutes. My players are like that, but not everybody is that lucky.
Kobrag 21st Oct 2016, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
Definatley sanity loss there. Roll to faint/scream/run/start cutting things.
D 22nd Oct 2016, 8:48 PM edit delete reply
I think something that'd also be scary, is how big the charisma, and constitution penalties torture gives you.
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