Iâ€™m Hurt, Doc
Heroes take lots of punishment. Lots and lots and lots, really: Every PC gets bloodied in just about every fight, and itâ€™s not unusual that one drops to zero and needs some help getting back up. And at the end of the day, thatâ€™s good for the game. It defines the threat and brings the sense of danger closer to the heroes. But â€śIâ€™m bloodiedâ€ť and â€śthat drops meâ€ť are repetitive. The DM can use this list of descriptive damage to spice up wounded monsters, or to bang up the PCs a bit more. Players can even use it themselves.
8 Wounds to Take When You are Bloodied
- A broken nose. Itâ€™s bleeding furiously and it needs to be set, unless you want a fighterâ€™s nose structure.
- Dislocated finger. Shove it back into place on your next turn.
- A nick off the ear. It bleeds for a while. Hats are uncomfortable. Donâ€™t take this if youâ€™re wearing a helmet.
- A laceration that might later become a scar. Put it in a cool place.
- A cut on the head. It naturally lops off some hair, too. Another to avoid if you have a helmet.
- Deep cut into the boot. You almost lost a toe, there. Maybe you should fall prone.
- Forehead wound drips blood into your face and eyes. Wipe it away on your next turn unless you want an excuse to â€śmissâ€ť and stab a â€śbuddy.â€ť
- A cut on the wrist makes your grip slick with blood. Try not to drop it!
8 Wounds to Take When You Drop to 0
- Dislocated knee. Fall prone, and you can barely walk on it until it gets shoved back into place and you get a good rest. Call it slowed.
- Dislocated jaw. It needs to be bound into place when you get a chance, and even then you canâ€™t talk until itâ€™s healed up.
- Dislocated shoulder. Drop whatever that arm is holding, and you canâ€™t do anything with it until itâ€™s set and rested.
- Whoops, lost your nose! You didnâ€™t need it, right?
- Whoops, lost an ear! Luckily you had two.
- Whoops, lost a finger! Probably one of the littler ones.
- Head wound. Youâ€™re going to be dizzy for a while, and you wonâ€™t see very well either.
- Gut wound. You need expert medical attention at the end of the fight or youâ€™ll be fighting with disease for a long time.
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