Atropos Scissors (3.5e Equipment)
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The Atropos Scissors (or Executioner's Scissors) are a gauntlet fitted with two large, razor-sharp blades that extend in a 'V' formation. These blades are held apart through a series of tightly-wound pulleys and gears. This weapon is functionally very similar to a Katar and can be used as such; however, a small switch on these blades allows the pulleys to be released, instantly snapping the blades shut in a lethal guillotine. The Atropos Scissors have two modes, open and shut. If they are open, you may shut them at any time, but if they are shut, you must perform a full round action to open them again. You can dual-wield Atropos Scissors, but you cannot open the Scissors again unless you have a free hand.
You can use the Atropos Scissors's unique attacks in the following situations:
If you have held the opponent in a grapple for 1 round OR if the opponent is flat-footed and unaware of your presence AND if your Scissors are open, you may then attempt to make an attack roll and declare that you are using the Scissors as a guillotine. If you break the opponent's AC, you may instantly sever their head, provided they are no more than 1 size category larger than the size category of your weapon. This is considered a coup de grace on living beings (constructs and some Undead are unaffected). If they survive this attack, they are considered to be Bleeding. You may alternately choose to target a limb with this attack, in which case they are still considered to be Bleeding and lose the use of that limb.