Chapter 7 Page 09

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If anyone who knows anything about picking locks reads this comic, I’m sure they’re cringing all over the place by now.  Generally in the comic we try to go for verisimilitude as much as possible, with some fudging for artistic license here and there, but admittedly some subjects get researched more thoroughly than others. All of this scene was written long before we had any idea we’d be making it into anything besides a just-for-fun chat RP, and Varony’s method of lock picking was just a spur-of-the-moment idea that nobody really thought much about… and which, to be honest, I didn’t really think to research until after the comic chapter had already been mapped out and partly drawn and inked.  So, at least in this part of the scene, you get Hollywood lock picking that probably wouldn’t be possible one-handed with the locks we have in real life.  It doesn’t really derail the story – if he’d needed another tool, the DM would have let him find some scrap of metal or shard of bone or something in the cell that he could use – so I’m not too concerned.

But then, considering that this is a fantasy world where many technologies developed differently from the way they did in our world, maybe the mechanism is completely different from the ones we have, and something like this WOULD be possible…

(For the record, Varony does have a proper set of lock picks (and torsion wrenches) in his pack… and the person who had his glasses made for him most likely would have wanted to make sure that they could hold up to such unconventional usages. :) )

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