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[*] posted on 7-5-2010 at 05:06 PM
Poking an eye out


So my main character (something of a villain protagonist) has a trademark attack of stabbing out one of his opponants eyes, with either a sharp stick or a sword, to the point that after a few years he has hordes of one-eyed people out for his blood.

I think the question is, how hard would it be to stab someone's eye out? I mean, how much force to get through the eyelid and how hard is it to get a sword up to a person's face without being deflected?

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[*] posted on 7-5-2010 at 07:00 PM


Like, knife in the eyeball, or scooped out of head? Either way, not much. I mean, a pound of pressure is all you need to cut skin. I can't think the occural membrane is tougher. Plus, they scoop the eyes out to do some brain surgeries. So it can't be that bad.

Now, how easy it is to stab someone in the eye? Harder. Most people instinctively move away from things touching their face and eyes. Once something is more than about 5-6 inches away, it moves out of focus and becomes hard to see, so our sight based brain moves us back to where we can see it clearly. If he incapacitates them first, though (Stunning blow to the head, shot to solar plexis to force air from lungs, leg sweep and pounce combo to get them on the ground) it would be believable. And there's always that heroic kill shot, where violating the laws of physics is fine for a few seconds.





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[*] posted on 7-5-2010 at 10:03 PM


Knife (pointy stick) in the eyeball.

Aright, when he starts doing this, he's a little kid with a pointy stick and it's the middle of the night, so I'm gunna chalk that up to people not expecting much of a fight from him, and not seeing it coming.

Later, how bout if he grabs them by the ear/hair and holds their heads in place? :confused:

God, this is greusome :P




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[*] posted on 7-5-2010 at 10:31 PM


As long as the victim can't move their head you should be fine.
I agree with purple_ink_pen, people instinctively move their heads back when they see something approaching, so just make sure that the victim's head can't move, or that they can't see it coming. Though it might be harder to keep the victim from seeing a sharp pointy stick/knife coming for them...unless they're blind, which might be an interesting idea to explore.




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[*] posted on 7-8-2010 at 12:02 PM


Stealing eyes from the blind would be hilarious.

I actually think that, as far as removing the eye goes, a hand might be more effective. A knife or stick would just gunk things up in there, sort of 'popping' the eyeball and blinding the person, but fingers can be used to actually grab the eyeball and pull it from the skull. That would be extra gross/disturbing, if that's what you're going for.
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[*] posted on 7-11-2010 at 11:23 AM


Stabbing or hewing at the head is the most usual attack in European sword-fighting. Though people instinctively move to protect their face, it is hard to avoid if the attack is swift. I would agree that holding the victim in place would be better for a 'calling-card', especially if he is not trying to kill them. It is possible to survive being stabbed in the eye, but in a fight there is a clear risk that you'd die if stabbed in the eye. It depends on how far into the brain the knife or sword penetrates.



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