* Vlad's Judas Cradle * Movement 122 Attack 121 Defense

Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, also known by his patronymic Dracula, and posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler, was a three-time Voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462, the period of the incipient Ottoman conquest of the Balkans. His father was a member of the Order of the Dragon (Dracul) and Dracula means son of the Dragon to indicate his father's title within the Order of the Dragon. Already during his lifetime, his reputation of excessive cruelty spread abroad, to Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The total number of his victims is estimated in the tens of thousands. The name of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula was inspired by Vlad's patronymic.

The Judas Cradle, also known as the Judas chair, is a fictional torture device. The Judas Chair is a pyramid-shaped seat. The victim would presumably be placed on top of it, with the point inserted into their body and then very slowly lowered by ropes.
Supposedly the intended effect was to stretch the orifice over a long period of time, or to slowly impale.
Falsely attributed by legend to the Spanish Inquisition, there is no record of the Judas cradle anywhere in the historical record.



EPIC: * Bathory's Iron Maiden * Offensive 276 Attack 51 Defense

Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Alžběta Bátoriová); 7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614, was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of Hungarian nobility. Although in modern times she has been labelled the most prolific female serial killer in history, her guilt is debated. She is nevertheless remembered as the "Blood Countess" or "Blood Queen."

An iron maiden is a torture device, consisting of an iron cabinet, with a hinged front, sufficiently tall to enclose a human being. It usually has a small closeable opening so that the torturer can interrogate the victim and torture or kill a person by piercing the body with sharp objects (knives, spikes or nails etc.), while he or she is forced to remain standing.
The iron maiden is often associated with the Middle Ages, but in fact was not invented until the 19th century. No account of the iron maiden has been found earlier than 1793.
The iron maiden has no connection to Hungarian countess, Elizabeth Bathory.