|Benjamin the Deacon|
|Bahram V, Sassanid King of Persia|
Sometimes examples have to be made. We have heard of reeds being driven under the fingernails and toenails before. This was even done in North Vietnamese prison camps to American POWs. But the Sassanid torturers added a layer of cruelty. After driving reeds under the nails, they'd yank them back out. After a little while, they'd come back with fresh reeds and drive those in.
Even that gets old after a while. [At least I imagine it does. I'll pass on testing my hypothesis.] When they felt he'd had (almost) enough, they put him out of his misery by impaling him on a knotty stake. It is described as going into his bowels; the path it took is left to our imagination.