Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.
"We're not playing chess!" That's my motto.You game way too fast, man.
Thirty second limit for a combat turn. That's our house rule. You get a fortune card if you stick to it, but your turn ends abruptly if you don't. Means 4E combat moves at a fair old lick, and sometimes feels like a real fight. I have to stick to the same rule.
I was thinking of something like Scanners, but didn't know if you-know-who could pull that off! I was worried about the 'rationale' too , but figured the players wouldn't even consider the ins and outs of it at this point. The impact would be lasting, though!... the visual concept is excellent.
Oh, and I forgot one crucial detail in my report:
Leon's tiefling girlfriend, Lilly (a self-harming prostitute who runs a brothel in the bayou) treated Leon to an early morning session of fellatio which she said was in thanks for 'last night'.
Leon had no idea what she was talking about, but through delicate questioning (so as not to betray his ignorance) discovered that he had pleasured Lilly with his hand in the middle of the night (when he was in fact fast asleep). This, of course, was the hand that Doctor von Recklingjhausen stitched back on...
My idea is that the hand (as well as getting up to nocturnal naughtiness) has become sentient as a result of the proximity of so much witchoil when it was severed and then healed. It now embodies the ruthlessness that once drove Leon when he was General Dax Corbeau, leader of the infamous Straw Dogs during Yerasol IV.