A length of heavy, wrought-iron chain, having belonged to the infamous Grand Inquisitor and imbued with all of the hatred and pain caused by the Spanish Inquisition. It was part of the rack which he used to torture people. Artie traded it to the soviets to get his family out of the Russian gulag and he never he saw it again until it was used by Ivan, the son of Artie's Soviet contact, to murder Daniel Dickinson. After, Ivan kidnapped Artie he intended on using it to torture Artie to death.
BackgroundEditIn 1483, Tomas de Torquemada was promoted by the Spanish Catholic church to the new office of Grand High Inquisitor of the Inquisition. The Inquisition was created by the church with the intent of uncovering and converting 'heretics' (non-Catholics) by subjecting them to horrific torture if they refused to convert. Torquemada was so zealous in his efforts as High Inquisitor that even other Catholics grew to despise him.
By grasping the ends of the chain in both hands, tugging the ends apart, and focusing on a victim with one's will, the chain can inflict the same effects of a Spanish Inquisition torture rack. The joints of the skeleton are painfully dislocated in every conceivable direction, and the victim dies of massive internal trauma shortly thereafter.
Prolonged use makes the user into a soulless killer as it robs them of a fraction of their humanity with each use.
The chain of Tomas de Torquemada was one of the artifacts Artie traded to the Russian Underground as payment to get family members out of the Gulag.
He never saw it again until the head of the Secret Service, Daniel Dickinson, was found dead. An autopsy showed that every bone in his body had been dislocated, indicating that the victim died in excruciating pain.
Real World ConnectionsEdit
During the Spanish Inquisition, methods of torture were in fact used, but in a very limited number of cases; scholars estimate only about two percent of cases, and only fifteen minutes at a time. In less than one percent of the time, torture was used a second time, but no more than that.
Of the methods used, the potro (rack) was used most often. The victim was tied by the wrists and ankles with leather or metal cuffs, which attached to ropes or chains wound around large spools at either end of a table. During an interrogation, these spools could be tightened in a step-wise fashion, increasing the tension on the ropes/chain. As they tightened, it pulled the arms and legs in opposite directions, putting severe stress on the skeleton and subjecting the victim to intense pain and bodily trauma. Even if the victim were to survive the dislocation of their joints, the connecting muscles would have been severely torn, and thus rendered weak and useless.