A whip is an instrument for delivering a stinging blow, with one or more lashes set in a handle. The single-lash whip is used to drive animals. When blazoned a “scourge”, it has multiple lashes and is intended to be an emblem of martyrdom; it’s found in the arms of Eybeswaldt, 1605 [Siebmacher 37]. When drawn with distinct lashes (as in the illustration), it has three by default; it can also be drawn with more, as in the “cat-o’-nine-tails”, though the fact must be blazoned. Whips and scourges have their handles to base by default.
Deadra Colin Madoc bears: Argent, a drover’s whip bendwise sinister, lash in action sable.
Valgard Stonecleaver bears as a badge: Or, a scourge sable.