New Trap – Razor Rail (A to Z Challenge R)

20 April, 2013

Like this, over a pitThe cult had no wish to make it easy to enter their inner sanctum . . . and who can blame them?  After all people, like me, want to kill them.

The best defense was an iron rail over a pit.  I would tell you more, but I am thinking of using the cleared sanctum myself.

Razor Rail (CR 2) XP 400

This traps is a narrow metal rail crossing a pit or other drop, testing it will find it very stable (Acrobatic DC 15 to cross at speed, anyone can cross at the rate of 5′ per round).  It almost imperceptibly narrows and then, using the reflective properties of the metal to disguise this, it becomes bladed.

A hidden winch system can move the rail to where it is only solid metal to cross over, recessing the bladed portion to within stone.

Type mechanical; Perception DC 20; Disable Device DC 20 (requires wrapping or covering the bladed section of the rail)

Those who have 3 or more ranks in Craft (blades or metal work) gain a +2 competence bonus on the Perception roll and +1 on the Disable Device check.


Trigger location, each 5′ stretch of bladed rail is another attack; Reset not needed but see below
Bypass hidden switch (DC 25) and winching (Strength check DC 15 to disarm or reset in 3 round, each point of failure on the check adds one round to the time required)

Effect Atk +2 with an additional +1 per 50 lbs of victim plus equipment for this attack, the creature’s shield, armor, and deflection bonuses do not count. If the creature is wearing shoes or other footwear, it gets a +2 armor bonus to AC.  Damage 1d4 per 100 lbs of victim plus equipment plus Acrobatics check or Reflex save (victim’s choice) against a DC of 20 + damage suffered or fall off the rail.

Notes: As if having to walk across a pit on a rail is not nerve wracking enough . . .

Photo by Corey Leopold and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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