Hard

Defaults: ST-4 or Wrestling-4; cannot exceed ST+3 or Wrestling+3.

Some old wrestling manuals depict techniques for breaking an opponent's back: pick him up, hoist him over both shoulders, and then pull his leg and arm (or neck) to snap his spine. While not difficult, this procedure is slow and requires great strength. For a rapid, cinematic spine-snapper, see Backbreaker (see below).

Wrench Spine takes several turns to execute. On your first turn, you must grapple your opponent with two hands around the torso. Resolve this as a normal grapple.

If your victim fails to break free on his turn, roll against Wrench Spine on your next turn to hoist him into position. Success means you lift him up and swing him over your shoulders. Any failure means you fall down with your foe on top of you and take thrust damage to your own neck. If your opponent's weight exceeds your BLx4, you simply can't pick him up; your attempt fails but you don't fall or hurt yourself.

On later turns, roll a Quick Contest of Wrench Spine vs. the higher of your victim's ST+4 or HT+4. If you win, you inflict swing crushing damage. The target is the spine. There's no wounding multiplier for this location but sufficient injury can mean severe and possibly permanent crippling; see New Hit Locations (p. 137). Even if the GM isn't using the spine hit location in general, he should use those rules for Wrench Spine.

The target's rigid DR protects normally. Flexible armor, including natural DR with the Flexible or Tough Skin limitation, has no effect. The spine's own DR doesn't help, either - you're not striking the spine but applying continuous pressure to break it.

You may make repeated attempts on later turns. Your opponent may attack you or attempt to break free during this time, subject to the usual limitations of being grappled.

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