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According to Wesley, the contraption was spring-loaded and appeared to be inspired by the medieval catapult, designed for serious wounding, if not complete decapitation. Before its true purpose was revealed, however, several people like Cordelia and Roger contested that the contraption might have been designed to make toast.
The contraption was activated by stomping on the spring mechanism, which launched an attached battle axe through the air. The contraption was effective enough to cleave open a Durslar beast's head.