Death and Dying
States of Being
You are alive and able as long as your hit points are above 0.
Once you reach 0 hit points you are considered disabled. While you’re disabled, you must make a Fortitude save (DC 10 + the number of hit points below zero) any time you take damage (including the damage which resulted in you becoming disabled). If you fail this save you fall unconscious. In addition, if the damage is at least 3 points, and is not the result of bleeding, you must make a second Fortitude save vs the same DC and consult the Injury table farther below.
A disabled character move at half speed and may only take a partial action each round. Disabled characters who perform a standard action (or any other strenuous action, such as casting a quickened spell) take 1 hp of damage after the action.
A disabled character who does not receive medical attention might still end up dying. Each day a disabled character must make a 10% roll to start healing naturally. If they fail this check, they also suffer 1 hp of damage and must check again the next day. A character automatically starts healing the first time they are subject to the Long-Term Care task of the Heal skill, whether or not the task succeeds.
An unconscious character have a 10% chance of waking up each hour. An untended character who fails to wake up takes 1 hp of damage with each failed check.
You are dead if your current hit points are below your death threshold, or have received a lethal injury. Your death threshold is a negative number equal to your maximum hit points or your Constitution score (whichever is greater). For example, if you have a maximum of 23 hit points, then your death threshold is -23.
Dead characters automatically lose 1 hp per round.
After a full night’s rest (8 hours of sleep or more), you recover 1 hit point per character level. Any significant interruption during your rest prevents you from healing that night. If you undergo complete bed rest for an entire day and night, you recover twice your character level in hit points.
Magical healing spells are maximized (they always restore the maximum possible number of hit points). Any magical healing automatically stabilizes a character. A character unconscious as a result of their injuries wakes up as a result of magical healing. Disabled characters automatically start natural healing after being subject to magical healing.
There are no spells which return the dead to life (raise dead, etc.). However, even dead characters can benefit from magical healing and are returned to life if their hit point total is raised above 0 hit points. After 24 hours of death, however, a character is lost forever and cannot be returned to life.
A gentle repose spell temporarily stops the loss of hit points a dead character suffers. It also extends the period of time in which a character can be revived.
Other Types of Damage
Constitution Score Damage
Characters reduced to 0 Constitution are dead, but still have whatever hit points were left to them. They still lose 1 hit point per round until their Constitution is raised to at least 1. If their hit points drop below their death threshold, it will be necessary to raise both their Constitution and their hit points in order to return them to life.
Any special ability or spell that results in death instead causes 4d6 points of Constitution damage. On a successful save, the special ability or spell causes 2 points of Constitution damage (instead of whatever effect a save would normally have).
Massive Damage Threshold
There is no massive damage threshold.
|Succeeded||No injury sustained|
|Failed by 1-2||Cool scar - Bleeds 1 hp / round. Will leave a cool scar. Roll d20: 1 – Head or neck. 2 – Right hand or wrist. 3 – Left hand or wrist. 4 – 5 Right arm. 6 – 7 Left arm. 8 – 10 Right leg. 11 – 13 Left leg. 16 – 20 Torso.|
|Failed by 3||Ragged scar - Bleeds 2 hp / round. Will leave an ugly scar. Roll d20: 1 – Head or neck. 2 – Right hand or wrist. 3 – Left hand or wrist. 4 – 5 Right arm. 6 – 7 Left arm. 8 – 10 Right leg. 11 – 13 Left leg. 16 – 20 Torso.|
|Failed by 4||Shaken - The character takes a -2 penalty to all physical actions until fully healed up. The character also bleeds 1 hp / round.|
|Failed by 5||Lightly Concussed - You take a -2 penalty to all mental actions until fully healed up. Any spell-casting requires a DC 5 + spell level Concentration check. The character also bleeds 1 hp / round.|
|Failed by 6||Broken Digits - Roll a d8: 1 – Break thumb + 1d4 – 2 digits from right hand. 2 – Same for left hand. 3 – Break 1d4 digits from right hand. 4 – Break 1d4 digits from left hand. 5-6 Break 1d5 digits from right foot. 7-8 Break 1d5 digits from left foot.|
|Fail by 7||Seriously concussed - You take a -8 penalty to all mental actions until fully healed up. Any spell-casting requires a DC 15 + spell level Concentration check.|
|Failed by 8-9||Broken Appendage - Roll a d8: 1 – 2, the character has broken her right right hand. 3 – 4 left hand. 5-6 right foot. 7-8 left foot.|
|Failed by 10-11||Broken Limb - Roll a d8: 1 – 2, the character has broken her right right arm. 3 – 4 left arm. 5-6 right leg. 7-8 left leg. The character also bleeds 1 hp / round.|
|Failed by 12-13||Niggling Wound - Get a -2 penalty to 1d6: 1 – maximum hit points. 2 – Fortitude saving throws. 3 – Reflex saving throws. 4 – Will saving throws. 5 – Acrobatics checks. 6 – Athletics checks. The character also bleeds 1 hp / round.|
|Failed by 14-15||Niggling Injury - Lose 2 points from 1d6: 1 – Strength. 2 – Dexterity. 3 – Constitution. 4 – Intelligence. 5 – Wisdom. 6 – Charisma. The character also bleeds 2 hp / round.|
|Failed by 16||Facial Wound - Roll a d6: 1 – lose nose. 2 – lose right ear. 3 – lose left ear. 4-6 – get grievous facial wound that’ll turn into a scar. The character also bleeds 1 hp / round.|
|Failed by 17||Lost Eye - The character loses sight in one eyes, whether by losing the eye entirely, or merely being blinded. From now on the character takes a -4 penalty to ranged attacks and Perception checks related to vision.|
|Failed by 18||Lose Digits - Roll a d8: 1 – Lose thumb + 1d4 – 2 digits from right hand. 2 – Same for left hand. 3 – Lose 1d4 digits from right hand. 4 – Lose 1d4 digits from left hand. 5-6 Lose 1d5 digits from right foot. 7-8 Lose 1d5 digits from left foot. The character also bleeds 2 hp / round.|
|Failed by 19||Lost Appendage -One of the character’s appendages has been severed or otherwise completely destroyed. Roll a d8: 1 – 2, the character has lost her right right hand. 3 – 4 left hand. 5-6 right foot. 7-8 left foot. The character also bleeds 3 hp / round.|
|Failed by 20||Lost Limb - One of the character’s limbs has been severed or otherwise completely destroyed. Roll a d8. On the roll of 1 – 2, the character has lost her right right arm. 3 – 4 left arm. 5-6 right leg. 7-8 left leg. The character also bleeds 3 hp / round.|
|Failed by 21-30||Mortally Wounded - The character is bleeding heavily and takes 5 points of damage at the end of every round. This bleeding does not stop unless the character’s is magically healed to at least 0 hit points, or a full round is used to make a successful DC 25 Heal check.|
|Failed by 31+||Lethal Injury - The character dies instantly from his wounds.|
Bleeding takes place at the end of a round. Bleeding can generally be stopped by using the Heal skill. Minor bleeding also has a chance to stop on its own every round. Before taking damage check if the bleeding stops.
|Bleeding per round||Chance of stopping|
|1 hp / round||20%|
|2 hp / round||10%|
|3+ hp / round||no chance|
Any 6+ injury result will result in a scar if caused by a slashing or piercing weapon.
Any 12+ injury results in a scar no matter the kind of weapon used.