Ænima wrote:Or we could just pretend that this is a smart, sadistic demon who imprisons his targets before killing them. Iunno.
This could work just fine if when you find the captured guy he's all bloody and bruised, and inside some kind of torture/sacrifice chamber, as opposed to just a prison cell.
But yeah, I imagine that most of the demons (particularly Zombies/Imps/Pinkies/Cacos) would just mindlessly kill and/or eat everything they came across. The Cyberdemon probably just enjoys being a nigh-unstoppable machine of death by causing as much indiscriminate (if it's even capable of discrimination...) damage as possible. The only ones I can really see taking captives are Barons, Archviles, and MAYBE the Mastermind. Barons being particularly cruel and tearing their victims apart slowly while listening to them scream and beg for mercy, and Archviles preferring less brutal, more elaborate (e.g. ritualistic sacrifices)... and then reviving them and doing it again. Even then, it's probably more of a pastime than any sort of military strategy... It's not like they're interrogating our scientists or holding our VIPs for ransom money; It's more like some Baron of Hell is just sitting all bored after trashing a UAC outpost, and the scrawny guys in labcoats are more fun to torture to death than the buff guys in armor since they bleed more, bite less, and make worse zombies anyway.