Calls, Damage & Healing

Taking Damage and Calls
Effect Calls
Other Game Calls
Death & Curse Cards
Injury and Healing
Poisons & Potions

Taking Damage and Calls

Anyone can use any melee or thrown weapon to do one point of damage without an effect call. You may only deliver one point of damage per second and making blows faster than this is strongly discouraged as they will not cause additional damage and can be significantly less safe than well separated blows.

In the case of missile weapons (bows and crossbows) if you are hit by an arrow or a crossbow bolt, it is equivalent to an Impale call (does not need to actually be called) in addition to one point of damage.

Various magical and spiritual abilities may allow you and others to make other calls – but only one call per blow.

Any blow that squarely strikes any part of a person – with an accompanying call or not – causes the character to lose one hit. Grazing hits to extremities (e.g. fingers) do not count, neither do blows to clothing, armour flaps, or slung weapons or shields where they extend beyond the body.

If a blow is avoided or parried, i.e. a weapon or shield takes the blow, such that it does not strike the person, the call can be ignored by the target and the caller does not count it against the number of calls they can make. Do not attempt to parry arrows or bolts with a weapon (shields are permitted) as this can make them spin and strike others with the nock.

If someone is using an ability to resist your call, they need to clearly call ‘Resist’ – at which point it does count against the number of calls you can make. If you do not hear ‘Resist’ and your target doesn’t take the call (e.g. because they believe they have avoided or parried it), it does not count against the number of calls you can make.

A resisted blow will still inflict a point of damage – no one can resist damage.

Effect Calls

Making any effect call is an Active ability unless explicitly stated otherwise (including resist)

  • Knockback: Take 10 steps backwards (may still fight)
  • Strikedown: Take a knee or fall to the ground for 10 seconds (may still fight)
  • Impale: Go to zero hits. Arrows and bolts automatically strike for Impale (no call needed).
  • Paralysis: Cannot move, fight, drink potions or use any Active skills, blessings, curses, items; counts as Unresisting for 10 seconds; can still see and speak
  • Holy/Unholy: After combat, find a Referee, who will explain what has occurred as a result of the blow. This might be death cards, or curse cards, or something else.
  • Sunder: Character’s blessings and curses temporarily cease to function for 10 mins. They still count as blessed or cursed for the duration, but gain no advantage or disadvantages from either.
  • Resist: Caller has ignored the effects of another call due to an effect or ability on them.
  • Execute: Go straight to dead (see Execute for more details).
  • MassIf ‘Mass’ is added to a call, then it affects everyone within 10’ of the source – this can be restricted to an arc by holding out arms to define the arc. Mass calls cannot be parried or avoided, but can be resisted.

Other Game Calls

  • First Aid: May be called by anyone in response to an OC injury. If you hear this you should stop what you are doing and take a knee, or otherwise clear sight lines, to allow Referees to easily see where the injury has occurred.
  • Time In: Start or restart game play at the beginning of the day, or after a First Aid or Time Freeze.
  • Time Freeze: Used by Referees to pause the game. Stop what you are doing and wait for the Referee’s instructions.
  • Lay off: May be used by anyone to indicate they are finding a roleplaying situation uncomfortable or blows from combat too hard, without needing to drop OC.
  • Is that all you got: May be used by anyone to indicate they are happy to increase the intensity of a roleplay situation or combat, without needing to drop OC.
  • Hand in the air: While not a call, holding your hand in the air signifies you are not there IC and other characters should not react to your presence or strike you in combat. You may also use this to temporarily drop OC if you are not happy to be involved in a combat or if you wish to ask for a Referee to be present. If you use this in a conflict situation you should negotiate the outcome of the conflict with your opponent (typically this would result in you being on zero hits) or ask for a Referee if the outcome is not mutually agreeable.

Death & Curse Cards

You may be handed a curse or death card by a Referee, or occasionally another player or monster who has a special ability to cause them.

If you already have a death card and are handed another death card, you are now dead – see ‘Death’ below.

If you already have a curse card and are handed another curse card, the curse with the longest duration replaces the shorter (or the newest one if they have the same duration) – hand the replaced curse back to a Referee, it does not take effect / ceases to be in effect.

A death or curse card will have a description of what is happening to you, how long the effect will last, what skill(s) is/are required to fix it (normally Healing for death cards and Invocation for curse cards) and if Resources are also required to stop being affected by the card (normally common resources for Death cards and uncommon resources for Curse cards). 

While you are under the effect of a death card you also remain injured (zero hits) regardless of any healing attempts, unless stated otherwise on the card.

Injury, Death and Healing

Everyone starts with 1 global hit and may increase their hits by wearing armour, having the Tough skill, or various other benefits earned in game.

Injured (zero hits):

If you reach zero hits, you are Injured.

You may stagger (slow walk), talk or drink a potion, but not fight or use any Active skills, blessings, curses or items. Also while in this state you count as Unresisting for the purposes of the Execute call, searching and carrying (see Safety and Interactions for rules on searching and carrying)

Further damage will not take you past zero.

Free healing, bead pull:

A character with the Healer skill may attempt to heal you without spending power. To do this, they must draw a bead from a referee, to determine if there are any lasting effects from your injury or if you return to full hits, in addition you must have spent a minimum period recovering. The recovery period is 10 minutes (or 1 minute if you have the Resilient skill) from the point you reach 0 hits and is restarted if you take further damage. The healing can occur at any point during or after the recovery period but hits will not be restored until the end of the period.

The colour of the bead indicates what happens next, and this is different depending on whether the healing (not the damage) takes place in Holy Ground or not: 

Bead Colour On holy Ground Outside of Holy Ground
White Restored to full hits at end of recovery period. Take a death card, restored to full hits after the effects on the card are healed.
Red Take a death card, restored to full hits after the effects on the card are healed. Restored to full hits at end of recovery period.
Black Dead Dead

Other free healing actions:

Characters with the Healer skill may also perform any of the below free actions (provided they themselves are not Injured):

  • After 1 minute of roleplay, may restore a character that has one or more hit points back to full hits with no bead pull required.
  • May attempt to heal/remove the effects of a death card by following the instructions on the card.

Healing with Power:

After 10 seconds of roleplay and the expenditure of one point of Power, a character with the Healer skill may restore a character’s hits to full without the need to pull a bead. This can be done even if they are in their minimum recovery period but not if they have a Death card.

The Power may come from the Healer (if they also have the Blessed skill), from someone else with the Blessed skill (noting this is an Active activity) or from manifest power.


An unresisting character is unable to stop certain IC actions occurring to them i.e. execute, searching, being carried (see Safety and Interactions for rules on searching and carrying). A character may choose to be unresisting, or may be forced into this state by being paralysed or being on zero hits. Taking a character by surprise does not count as them being unresisting.


If executed your character is dead, see Death below.

Any character may execute an unresisting person (i.e. on zero hits) with a full (obvious) blow – or set of blows – that takes at least 10 seconds to prepare and deliver (note this cannot be achieved within the duration of a single paralysis call). If you are not interrupted, you may call Execute at the end of the 10 seconds. Execute blows must follow the same safety guidelines as other blow e.g. do not stab unless the weapon is suitable for stabbing, do not draw weapons across skin etc.

A character with the Healer skill may also call Execute whilst treating an unresisting patient – this treatment must be at least 10 seconds, but only the patient (and Referee, if applicable) need to be made aware of the call.


So, your character is dead? This may not be the end 🙂 You may roleplay being a corpse for as long as you like and when you are done, use the hand in air signal to display that you are not getting up IC, find a Referee or go to GOD to find out whether your character is permanently dead or will go to the Underworld.

A player may decide to roleplay their character has died at any time. If they are injured or have a death card, the gods will treat that as the cause of death. If not then then they will be considered to have died from natural causes.

Poisons & Potions

Poisons must be delivered by a blow from a poison coated weapon, arrow or bolt. Any blow that inflicts damage will deliver the poison to that target, after which time the weapon is no longer poisoned. Applying a poison requires a roleplay activity and if possible handing the poison card to a Referee, all poisons will last a maximum of 10 minutes after being applied to weapon after which time the poison is considered to be spent.

When using a poison you must inform a Referee who will deal with the effects of the poison on your target. This will generally be in the form of a death or curse card, depending on the nature of the poison.

Potions can only target an unresisting or willing person. To take a potion requires a roleplay activity (never actually drink the contents of any potion bottle as they may not be safe for consumption) and follow the instructions on the card. Unless stated otherwise on the card the effects are immediate and you should pass the card to a Referee at the earliest opportunity.

Some potions may grant a blessing, after taking one of these you must go to GOD at the earliest opportunity to swap the card for a blessing. If you are already under the effects of a blessing then follow the usual process for determining which effect remains.

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