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Hanging Rope

Hanging Rope
Pisanello (1395-1455) Title: Fresken in Sant’ Anastasia in Verona, Szene: Hl. Georg und die Prinzessin, Detail Date 1436-1438

Book of Vile Darkness 3.5

By Monte Cook

A rope used for this purpose has usually been boiled and stretched beforehand to eliminate further stretching and coiling. The knot is lubricated with wax to ensure a smooth slide as it tightens around the neck of the condemned. The noose is placed so that the knot is behind the left ear of the condemned; then a trapdoor opens below or a stool is knocked away and the condemned plummets. On a successful Profession (executioner) check, the condemned dies instantly. If the execution is botched, the condemned is not killed by the fall but instead slowly strangles, taking 1d3 points of damage per round.

Execution Devices
DeviceExecution DCEscape DCBotched DamageCostWeight
Hanging rope18**1d3/rd.3 sp1 lb.

**The Use Rope check of the executioner sets the Difficulty Class.

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