Month: August 2017

I have a ballerina who’s being forced, through magic, to dance nonstop. To make this question more applicable to other genres, how long would a physically-active teenaged girl (16) be able to undergo constant physical activity, without pause for food or water? Later she gets a partner who kind of helps carry her weight, but this doesn’t seem like the kind of answer scriptballerina may have.

How very classical, like something out of Grimm. 🙂 Forced exercise like this was a very popular torture in Europe during and after World War 2. Victims usually weren’t made to dance but running without shoes over rough ground and crawling both show up fairly regularly. Because the sources I have are prisoners of war …

hey! so i have a character who intentionally submerges their entire forearm into a pot of boiling water for around 5 seconds (it should be noted that they can’t feel any sort of pain). they refuse proper medical treatment, and treat it themself (enough to keep it from getting infected or worsening any, at least) with what they already have at home/can buy. what would the scar look like after around a year or so? would there be any sort of effects to the mobility of their arm and hand?

Hey there nonny. Can I be blunt with you?  What you’re proposing is extremely problematic and I’d advise you take a look at the biases you’re portraying against those with insensitivity to pain.  Yes, there are people out there who can’t feel pain. They have a condition called CIPA, Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhidrosis. …

Hi! I browsed your hypothermia tag, but didn’t see this particular issue addressed. In what stage of hypothermia does paradoxical undressing occur, and what are long-term consequences? My current setup is wet clothes + cool (between 5-10°C) + no heat (no blankets, no fire) = MC going from cold->shivering desperately->shivering subsiding/stopping, but the other character (distracted) doesn’t recognise hypothermia until she begins to undress. Is this plausible? ( Hypothermia 1/2)

(Hypothermia 2/2) There’s no access to medical care at the moment, so other character does what they would for more mild hypothermia–gets a fire going, gets MC out of wet clothes, shared body warmth, warm drink. Could this be enough, or are we looking at death regardless? I have MC disoriented and clumsy and going …