As young warriors becomes battle-hardened soldiers, they accumulate wounds that turn into scars. Some are mainly showing how much punishment these brave (or stupid) men and women survive on a regular basis, some are an actual hindrance when it’s cold and wet outside.
The D&D Wound system is meant to increase the feeling of mortality in players, but without just adding more ways for pointless deaths. It’s also meant to give more insight into fighting for your life and recuperation from injuries as well as appreciating the power of magical healing as well as making scars something to remember and be proud of. It’s used with a couple of additional house rules for more balance, including minor alterations to natural healing. This system uses the idea of Hit Points as the average battle luck and skill rather than actual physical damage representation. If you are damaged in a sword fight, it’s more likely than not that you will lose the fight (and probably die) rather than accumulating loads of tiny injuries that are easy to treat and heals quickly.
Each character has a Wound Damage threshold (calculated below), and if she recieves tat much damage in a turn (between the beginning of her turn through to the beginning of her next turn), a Wound Roll (Table 1:2) is made which decides if she gets wounded or dodges it. A Wound Roll is also made every time she recieves a Critical Hit or if the player takes a calculated risk (more on that below). The type of penalty is decided with a Wound Penalty Roll (Table 1:3). The DM can decide a fitting location for the wound, or make a Location Roll (Table 1:4).
In some of the cases, the character is very close to a mortal or devastating blow, but dodges or deflects it in the final moment and gets a rush of adrenaline. This is represented by a Morale Boost Roll (Table 1:3).
In all other cases, the character recieves a blow that creates a wound which will affect her in one way or another. Regardless of the penalty, she will have to roleplay the fact that she has a wound (either by visibly attempting to ignore it, or whine about it), as well as taking care of it as long as it’s an Open Wound.
Wounds need to heal to go away. They heal after all lethal and non-lethal damage the PC has is healed, and then spread evenly amongst the wounds. The mechanics for healing Wounds is otherwise identical to regular Hit Points loss.
A Wound is also an Open Wound until at least 50% of it has healed, at which point it becomes a Closed Wound. If the Wound has a penalty, it’s either lowered by 1 point or is halved when it becomes a Closed Wound (whichever is higher). Any remaining penalties will stay until the Wound is healed completely.
An open Wound needs to be kept clean and requires a DC 15 Heal Check at least every 12 hours or has a chance of infection (Fort DC 5 + half the hours since last successful Heal Check; can take 10 or retry). New and/or sufficiently clean bandages cost 1cp. A failed attempt soils or ruins the bandage. A Closed Wound does not require this treatment.
Magic healing always heal the most serious injury first, so the worst Open Wound is closed with one point of magical healing. More powerful healing magic closes more than one Wound at a time: 1 point or D8 close one, 2D8 close 2, 3D8 close 3, etc.
If a “Special Event” is rolled, it could be any number of things: like something falls on the enemy and knocking him out, making an inferior combatant submit, lightning strikes close, stunning him one round and deafening after, you cut off an arm from a tentacle monster, knock a weapon out – at DM’s discretion. The player also picks a morale bonus effect from the list.
Weigh it fairly:
- An inferior foe will have a significant disadvantage such as losing a large percentage of HP (50-100%), knocked unconscious or somehow else out of the combat
- An equal opponent would have a decent disadvantage such as losing a significant portion of HP (10-30% or two hits) knocked prone, stunned a round etc
- A superior foe would get a noticeable disadvantage such as losing a portion of HP (like an equal foe) losing a weapon (or more than one weapon) or breaking a piece of armour.
- If the event would be of no great benefit to the person doing the roll, she picks a second effect from the list.
A combatant who is afraid to be killed or knocked unconscious in combat can avoid Hit Point loss by trying to dodge an attack using a Calculated Risk. The downside is that she may instead recieve a Wound.
To use Caculated Risk, declare it in an opponents turn, before she is rolling to hit. If the attack hits, instead of dealing normal damage, roll a Wound Roll. If a wound is dealt, roll damage to see if it’s in excess to the Wound Damage threshold and deal with it normally. The damage from this attack does not count against other Wound Damage threshold, nor does the combatant lose those Hit Points. If the attack misses, the Calculated Risk paid off, and the character recieves a bonus instead, as normal.
If a character dies and is resuscitated or is the victim of a Death Attack, she recieves a Mortal Wound. A Mortal Wound is a Wound at base x4 with a -4 penalty (no Heal Check, since the character already would have recieved magical healing or a heal check to survive).