What is HP? Of course we are all familiar with it just being a numerical value that counts down when you take "damage." But, how much of your HP is fighting spirit or the will of a character to stay active, and how much of your HP is actual "meat points"?
Am I supposed to believe that these fights happen where everyone is just taking hit after hit from all manner of weapons and they just keep going? I know these characters are supposed to be "heroes" but how many sword blows can Urist Ubermensch actually take before he falls down?
What does gaining for HP when you level really mean?
I am trying to represent a more accurate combat system where HP means more than a nummerical value. How can this be accomplished?