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efreysson
09-22-2013, 11:30 PM
My protagonist is fighting vampires. I'm not going with the old stake-in-the-heart as a method to kill them, but putting a blade in the pump does weaken them considerably since the blood they steal fuels their power.
If a character has a long, sharp knife, how can he get it past the ribs and into the heart? Does he have to slide it up under the ribcage, or can he get it in between the ribs? And if going between the ribs, is it better to go through the front or the side? Or what?

James D. Macdonald
09-23-2013, 12:06 AM
Hearts are really well protected.

You can go up from below, or between ribs, but be aware that if you're going between the ribs that you're likely to hit a rib and bruise your hand. Easier to get to the heart if you're coming in from the left side (natural for a right-hander).

To get an idea of what kind of force you're going to need: Get a raw beef roast. Stab it.

frimble3
09-23-2013, 07:06 AM
Hearts are really well protected.

You can go up from below, or between ribs, but be aware that if you're going between the ribs that you're likely to hit a rib and bruise your hand. Easier to get to the heart if you're coming in from the left side (natural for a right-hander).

To get an idea of what kind of force you're going to need: Get a raw beef roast. Stab it.
Maybe tie a rack of ribs around the roast, as well? Get the full experience?

WeaselFire
09-23-2013, 05:23 PM
It's not that hard to penetrate the breast bone and it's been done with daggers for centuries.

Jeff

mirandashell
09-23-2013, 05:48 PM
Easiest way is up from under the breast bone.

jkenton
09-29-2013, 08:01 AM
Yeah, up from under the breastone would be much easier than trying to slot the blade in between a couple of ribs. A heavier blade, something like a gladius for example, could mitigate that if, and only if, the character has the strength to crush it through the bone. Bit of trivia... you can also go down behind the collarbone, if the blade is a long narrow type. Can't remember where, but that was the method of execution someplace in southern asia.