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"Duty is doing what must be done, regardless of what others may think."
-- Kierath Ranamor
.:| Vornae Proverbs |:.
"I no naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu."
A frog in a well does not know the great sea.
"Ame futte chi katamaru"
After the rain, earth hardens
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Traps for the Non-professional
Whether it was placed there to harm, protect, warn, delay, direct, or simply unnerve you, traps can present an interesting dilemma for those without the proper training and experience. Rather than bore you with information about the more esoteric and rarely seen types of traps, this article focuses more on how you can help those trained in the art of traps to safely deal with these threats.
Obviously, to do this you should know who those trained professionals are, but simply knowing who has had the training isn't always enough. Most anyone can be trained in the mechanics of traps, but trap setting and disarming is truly an art that requires a specific mindset to excel in. Be aware of those who are always prepared with the proper tools for dealing with traps and who have firsthand experience in dealing with traps under less than ideal conditions.
You might be asking yourself why you should even worry about these things when you can set off or shatter traps from a distance. While it's true that you can do this, simply setting off the traps from a safe distance can often be a bad idea. If it is a simple gas trap you'll often be fine, but those are not the only kind of traps that can be made. If the trap is protecting something of value, there is a chance that setting it off could blow up or otherwise destroy what you're after. If the trap is in a building or even underground, an explosion or fire could bring the entire place down on you and/or what you're seeking. That doesn't even bring into consideration all manner of insidious traps which when triggered could mechanically render your escape route impassable. That's why it is best to send in a trained professional to safely disarm traps whenever possible.
When sending in a professional to disarm traps, there are several things you can do to help ensure their success. First and foremost, give them room to work. If you crowd them, not only do you place yourself within the area of effect should the trap go off but you also can make them nervous. Your main job while the professional is at work is to ensure that they are safe from any other outside threats, as their attention will be focused on the traps. At the same time, however, never advance ahead of the person dealing with traps, especially in hallways or corridors. Let them pass first to ensure that the way is clear for you and that all traps have been disarmed.
Secondly, don't rush them while they're working. Disarming traps can appear to be easy, but professionals know that not everything is always as it seems. Rushing can lead to missing a hidden trigger, overlooking another trap, or any of a number of other mistakes that might result in one or more traps going off. Even in a situation where speed is of the essence, a constant reminder of the time factor simply encourages carelessness and sloppiness in an area where such things can be fatal.
Finally, though not any less important, don't question them when they ask you to do something. Whether it be asking for your direct assistance, telling you where to step, describing things not to touch, or simply for you to step back and be silent, pay attention to and follow exactly any instructions you're given. Remember, they are the one trained in disarming traps; trust in their expertise.
Armed with this advice, your next experience with traps should be a much less stressful one.