I understand bandit attacks are themselves cliche, but ignoring that for now:
Situation: A guy is transporting a shipment of ice from atop a mountain, needs to get to the foothills asap. Cue cliche bandit ambush. He tries reasoning, fails, decides to rush an escape.
My Goal: He makes it past the roadblock, seems in the clear, but in doing so runs off the road and ends up having a terrible accident that concludes with the destruction of the carriage/cart.
My problem: The roadblock needs to be something he could conceivably make it around/past but without a guarantee of success.
What I'm working with right now:
- Felled tree
- Heavy Barrels rolled/released onto the road perpendicular to incoming traffic
- Him just going "F**k it!" and riding through a slope thick with foliage towards a smaller path he can just make out through the trees.
FYI this is for a comic.
I'm keen to hear if anybody has ideas for barricades/road blocks that are viable for medieval bandits to pull off that are interesting.
That said, I'm leaning towards simple felled tree, because I think here the cliche actually works in my favor as making it instantly recognizable as what it is -- but I'd like to hear if anybody thinks otherwise. Or has a genius idea for something really out of the box!