Burning At The Stake

A common form of execution during the Dark Medieval was by burning at the stake - the Inquisition in particular favored this method of combined execution and torture, as the flames doubled as a representation of cleansing of the tainted offender before his or her death. Witches - women accused of any number of things - were most often executed using this method for the obvious symbolism and slow, painful demise. A repentant heretic was permitted to be hanged first, then burned to minimize his pain. Those who did not repent would be burned alive with green wood to extend the entire process and provide a spectacle warning to witnesses. Variations on the typical stake burning involved the replacement of wood with hot coals, a process which burned hotter but took far longer to conclude. The victim's body would burn from the feet up with such slowness that his wounds would have time to cauterize only to be opened and burned anew. This was, literally, slow-roasting the flesh like a haunch of meat.

Consider this threat from a vampire's perspective to fully understand how fearsome mortal justice can be to any member of Cainite society. Should the mortal authorities have the want and means to capture you, you will surely perish.