Good strong start. They seem quite supplied with condemned women - was there a mass escape or something?In the dim light I could perceive at least a dozen of women huddled on the floor, naked and in chains like me. There was the sound of stifled sobs and clinking chains.
The torture gag comes across powerfully, if not quite clearly (but then, I was skimming.)
This bit sounds... kind of overegged. But perhaps he rehearses it.“This gag will not come off again before we take your lifeless body from the cross. You’ve spoken your last intelligible words, slave. They were your slave registration number. How pathetic! How do you feel about that? This cruel torture device has already been in the mouths of dozens of worthless slaves like you when they took their last breaths. Do you taste their desperation? The physical pain from this device will increase by every minute. But, believe me, the psychological torture will be way worse.”