I have a question pertaining to the D&D Next Wight, specifically the Energy Drain ability. Per the current version of the rules, the power upon hitting would do 1d8+2 points of necrotic damage and reduce the target’s hit point maximum by 5. The reduction lasts until the end of the target’s next long rest.
So, here is a scenario:
A creature that has 13 hit points at full health is struck by the Wight’s Energy Drain attack for 5 points of damage would be down to 8 hit points, which would then become his new maximum hit point total. What happens if the damage is less than 5 points? In this case, let’s say the creature is hit for 3 points of damage, reducing his total hit points to 10. The second part of the power indicates that the maximum hit points are then reduced by 5. Would this then reduce his hit points down to 5? If so, the wight has effectively caused 8 points of damage, and not 3.
This power might want to be reworded to be less ambiguous.