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 headsmans 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 executioners task more messily.
|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.|