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How to improve my descriptions of the health status of monsters

A bit of background; I'm a new GM to two players, one of whom played a bit of 3.5e and 4e while the other is a complete newbie. The veteran is used to knowing when creatures are "bloodied", as per 4e, ...
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How do you handle injury in Roll For Shoes?

I'm preparing to play my first Roll For Shoes game soon, with me as the GM and about 3-4 friends as my PC's. Knowing my friends, it won't be long before they attack or provoke someone, and looking at ...
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How can I recover a missing body part without using wish?

I recently had my nose bitten off by a berserker and smell is surprisingly hard to live without. I have had some past trouble with wishes (from a ring of three wishes) so I'm reluctant to make ...
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How to get a character's limb regrown at 3rd level?

I'm running a somewhat modified version of the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure. I was DMing my second ever session, and decided to roll on the lingering injuries chart. I got a 3 and told the ...
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Are there rules for handling broken limbs or injuries?

One of my players runs the risk of getting ambushed by a bunch of Thugs/Bandits. If he doesn't pay up and fights them, and then kills some of them, I'd like them to break his arm after incapacitating ...
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Can a lingering injury that requires “magical healing of 6th level or higher” be healed by an upcast lower-level spell?

The Lingering Injuries table in the DMG (p. 272) contains some wounds that can only be fixed by powerful healing magic, for instance: Horrible Scar. You are disfigured to the extent that the wound ...
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Can I replace my missing eye with a magic one?

So I tried to take on a small group of bandits, and during the fight I had my right eye cut out. The DM told me it can't grow back, so I asked him about anything I could replace it with. He said maybe ...
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Is trading +1 AC for -9 Max HP a good deal for a level 7 fighter?

During a recent dungeon, my character received wounds that were filled with a magical metal. The GM ruled that these wounds gave my character +1 AC and -9 Max HP until cured. My question is: should I ...
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How do broken legs and arms work?

In my campaign, we have traveled in the wilderness for a while. I made a slight mistake and my DM had me break my leg. However things got a little complicated after that, saying that none of us really ...
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Does 5e have any kind of permanent injury rules?

In my last game, an unfortunate circumstance befell my character: I was engaged with two ghosts, however, the "master" of the ghosts (who had been appearing and disappearing at random) had just ...
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How can I replace a lost Horn? [duplicate]

So I play a tiefling phoenix sorcerer (lvl 9) and we had an encounter with two half-dragons in a forest. At first there was only one and me being a sorcerer I stayed back and used ranged attacks but ...
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If a druid has no legs, does their wild shape form have no legs too?

I am playing a Gnome druid and my legs were lost due to an Owlbear attack. Do my legs stay absent when I Wild Shape, or are they present when I Wild Shape but gone again when I change back?
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Can Mending be used to reattach severed body parts?

Corpses are considered objects, and the Mending cantrip can do the following: This spell repairs a single break or tear in an object you touch, such as a broken chain link, two halves of a broken ...
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Attacking to maim

I've recently been DMing a completely novice party through the 5e starter set - The Lost Mines of Phandelver. I'm the most experienced tabletop player out of the group, but that's not saying much as I ...
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Is the combat system in Fireborn unbalanced in favor of defenders?

I was hoping someone could help me with understanding the Fireborn combat mechanics, or optionally has a better way to explain and implement it in a less confusing way. The way the system is ...
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Would a flying character fall prone after dashing if they had lost a leg?

Suppose I'm playing a character that has a flying speed (such as a Variant (Winged) Tiefling or an Aarakocra) and get critically hit. The DM rolls on the Lingering Injuries table and after rolling a 3 ...
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What constitutes “Magical Healing”?

DMG 272 says that "magical healing" can remove a limp, heal an internal injury, or mend a broken rib. Since these are considered to be "Lingering Injuries" it seems crazy that a simple "Cure Wounds" ...
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What issues may arise if the Lingering Injuries rule still apply to creatures that are killed outright?

The optional rule on p. 272 of the DMG lists one of the triggers for Lingering Injuries as: When [a creature] drops to 0 hit points but isn’t killed outright. Because "but isn't killed outright" ...
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How do I stat an NPC with a permanent injury?

Context My level 5 party is currently tasked with defending a small town from a raiding orc party. It is the first battle in a large war between this kingdom and the invading orc hordes. The half-orc ...
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Once a Character exceeds Wound Threshold, do they gain a new Critical Injury each time they take damage?

Edge of the Empire Core Book, Pg 215 : Exceeding Wound Threshold When a PC suffers wounds greater than their wound threshold, they are knocked out and incapacitated until their wounds are reduced so ...
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Are there any rules for neck stabs/bleeding out?

I was a little caught off-guard during the most recent 5e session in a campaign I run, so I was hoping to get some input here. One of the players snuck up on a villainous NPC and stabbed them in the ...
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Do petrified characters lose their broken-off pieces when de-petrified?

In a recent session, one of our party members was petrified by a medusa and then kidnapped. When the rest of the party succeeded in fighting their way to rescue our party member, the statue had been ...
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Does an Open Hand monk's Wholeness of Body close a Horned Devil's infernal wound?

Basically the exact same question as this one, but for 5e (since the other question is about Pathfinder). A Horned Devil can inflict an "infernal wound" with its tail attack , which essentially ...
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What happens if a character suffers four equal wounds?

The Physical Tolerance Grayscale on the BW character sheet has three circles for marking injuries for each coordinate. What happens if one suffers more than three wounds to the same coordinate? Are ...
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How does a PC recover missing body parts?

If a PC is injured in such a way that they lose a piece of their body, how can they recover it? To be more accurate, say they have an arm cut off, how would they regrow the arm? Im asking for ...
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How do I narrate non-physical strain?

I'm sort of baffled about strain "injuries" in Edge of the Empire. As an example: EV-8D3 in the Debts to Pay book that is part of the GM screen has an abilitiy called Improved Scathing Tirade, letting ...
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How can significant injuries like broken bones be healed?

During a campaign I ran several years ago, one player's character suffered nonlethal damage during a sparring session and broke his arm. When he healed the damage naturally overnight, he argued that ...
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What do you see if you cast Darkvision on yourself, but your retinas are damaged and you cannot see normally?

Mike "The Metal Detector" is an almost completely blind sorcerer. I'm not applying the blind condition, but I impose disadvantage on anything which requires sight, and auto-fail anything which ...
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What mechanical effects might accompany having only one hand?

Question: What mechanical effects occur or might occur when my character's hand is cut off? Some things that I believe may be affected and answerable are: The hands slot for items Spellcasting (my ...
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Can you avoid Wounds not caused by Raises?

Page 180 of 2e says: When you face a Villain or Hero in combat, he may spend Raises to directly inflict Wounds on your Hero outside of a Consequence. You can avoid these Wounds by immediately ...
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Wounds - one unit or several?

Having played my first session of Monster of the Week two weeks ago, one thing about the rules confused me. When you receive harm in the game, it should go like this: When you take harm, the ...
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Is there a precedent for wounds that can't be healed?

I am currently a DM who has a player wanting to play as an Aarakocra. I don't want this Aarakokra to be able to fly right from the start and I had come up with a way to have her wings be damaged in a ...
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What counts as an “injured ally” for the spell Compassionate Ally?

For the spell Compassionate Ally, it is clear this causes the target to run off to help one of their "injured" allies, (not the caster's allies, because why else would they still be able to attack as ...
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How does Wind Damage actually work?

The rules say that in combat, for every wound you take, you take 1D6 times wound in wind damage. That seems pretty silly or I'm doing it wrong. If people have an average of 12 wind for example, a ...
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How to use Death of the Spirit to create an undead without losing stats?

Context The Burning Wheel supplement introducing Death Art features the ritual "Death of the Spirit" for creating undead servants. The final step of the ritual is the Evocation in which [......
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How can I implement injuries on crit?

We are well on our way in a 5e campaign, but everyone getting fully healed after a long rest takes some of the sense of danger out of the game. I am looking for a set of rules that would give ...
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What happens to injuries/etc. if a creature uses alternate form/change shape?

Say you're in one form and get a haircut and a tattoo, and then you get a scratch, break your femur, and lose your arm. If you have a specific alternate form or can change shape into a specific ...
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Does a (half) beheaded Ettin take bleeding damage of some sort?

Let's say a character cuts off one of an Ettin's heads, but the other head is still intact, and it's as such still alive. Obviously, there's a lot of blood. Does the Ettin take continuous damage from ...
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When does an attack that does not Raise cause a Wound?

I'm having trouble understanding what appears to be a conflict in the text of how to handle attack rolls against a target's Toughness when they are shaken by a non-physical attack, such as a Test of ...
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Clarifications about Festering Wound (Injuries) mechanics

From the DMG page 272: Injuries Festering Wound. Your hit point maximum is reduced by 1 every 24 hours the wound persists. If your hit point maximum drops to 0, you die. The wound heals ...
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Does cutting off your own tail count as getting a wound?

If one has a disadvantage meaning that he gains a tail (strange appearance disadvantage). Now he can try to hide it no problem. But if he wants to make sure that its hidden he would have to cut it off....
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My character's hand was cut off and lost, how can I regrow a hand? [duplicate]

So yesterday I was playing D&D with my group and my right hand was cut off. I really love my rogue character and I don't want him with one hand because of all the disadvantages. I thought that I ...
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Can a creature rip another creature's arms off? [closed]

My group is trying decide if we can or can not.
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Is this houserule about hit points balanced?

As a D&D5e DM, I always feel that HP in D&D are somehow unrealistic. Either it's "there is no difference between 1 HP and 100% of my HP" or "I took too much damage in one hit, ...