Although the Dark Elves, and their Gremlin minions, have designed literately
thousands of traps, only a few are used with any regularity due to their
The most common of these traps is the Sprung Spikes Trap. Using a simple
pressure plate system, the Sprung Spikes Trap, as the name would imply,
shoots several large spikes out of the ground when triggered. Of course,
the Gremlins have put the triggering on a slight delay, which ensures that
more than one victim is often claimed by the vicious contraption. Naturally,
Dark Elven troops are made aware of the placement of their own traps, and do
not activate them. Because it is unlikely that enemy forces would fall for
the same Sprung Spikes Trap twice, the mechanical components are made very
cheaply -- so cheaply that they fail after one use.|
Another favorite is the Pain Minaret. Although the Pain Minaret does not
directly cause damage, it greatly aids in both ambushing the enemy, as well
as in defending valuable buildings. By emitting a field of excrutiating pain
similar to the Dame's Agony spell (and in fact derived from the same magics),
the Pain Minaret greatly reduces an enemy force's ability to both fight and
move. The Pain Minaret is only active when enemy forces are near, and
draws upon a non-regenerating magic resevoir to create its painful
Although not really a trap, the Ambush Cellar isn't really a building either.
It is essentially a small excavation in the earth, hidden by a camouflaged
trap door. It is often used to hide critical forces, such as Warlocks capable
of casting Shrapmetal, to lead the enemy into a false sense of security when
attacking an important position.
It can also be used by a cunning Warlord to cut off an enemy troop movement
at an inconvenient time, or lure enemy forces towards a "target of opportunity". Some Warlords play a game of reverse psychology by not building any
Ambush Cellars at all, but making it look like they might be. This sometimes
forces the enemy to waste valuable time intensively searching for them, and
being overly cautious when attacking or moving troops.
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