e Headsmans Axe

Headsman’s
Axe

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Guillaume Sans, lord of Pommiers, is executed in Bordeaux on the orders
of Thomas Felton, the city’s English seneschal. (BNF, FR 2644) Jean Froissart,
Chronicles, fol. 1. Flandres, Bruges 15th Century. (185 x 200 mm)


Book
of Vile Darkness 3.5
By
Monte Cook

When specially sharpened
and held with the proper technique, a greataxe (or a greatsword) can serve the executioner
as the instrument of execution. The condemned is restrained, with the neck vulnerable
to the strike readied by the executioner. On a successful Profession (executioner) check, the condemned dies instantly. If the executioner fails
the attempt, the headsman’s axe delivers a coup de grace against the condemned
(automatic critical hit, and the condemned must succeed on a Fortitude save
or die). The coup de grace simply completes the executioner’s task more
messily.





Execution
Devices
Device Execution
DC
Escape
DC
Botched
Damage
Cost Weight
Headsman’s
axe
18 ** Coup de grace 20
gp
20
lb.
**The Use Rope check of the executioner
sets the Difficulty Class.

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