Iron Maiden of Nuremberg
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Medieval torture


Torture device with original lock and chains


Opens itself and powerfully pulls victims into it.


Spikes inside will slowly elongate to spear victim trapped inside, constantly leaks blood


Always active

Collected by

Unknown Warehouse 13 Agents



Date of Collection

March 29th 1944


Origin[edit | edit source]

Iron maidens have an interesting history. Originally thought to be instruments of torture during the middle ages, historians still debate over whether iron maidens were poorly reconstructed versions of statues. The authenticity of many have been questioned. Victims were supposedly placed inside the casket, and had to remain perfectly upright lest they learn against the pointy spikes on the walls.

The Iron Maiden of Nuremberg is unique in that it was the first iron maiden to have Gothic-style adornment and design, having the face of the Virgin Mary with over twenty spikes inside.

Usage[edit | edit source]

The Iron Maiden retained its thirst for blood. When it senses a nearby victim, its doors will fling open and an invisible force will pull the target inside the metal shell. The doors will not open from the inside, so the victim must be let out. If left unreleased, the spikes in the walls will extend until they skewer the victim.

Even when empty the Iron Maiden constantly drips blood out of the bottom. To prevent slippage, the blood must be mopped up once a week. A bifurcated artifact, the only way to keep the doors closed is with the original padlock and chains. Other locks will simply snap-off when the doors open themselves. Whether the lock and chains are "good" or not is unknown, but the iron maiden shakes violently to escape their hold.

Collection[edit | edit source]

Reportedly destroyed during the Allied Bombing of Nuremberg, a former Nazi military district and site of many Nazi rallies, the iron maiden was moved to the Warehouse to prevent it from falling into the torturing hands of Nazi interrogators. One of the collectors was sadly lost before the agents realized they needed the original lock and chains.

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