Cheating Death

<quote>Darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time. Stars wheeled overhead and every day was as long as a life-age of the Earth. But it was not the end. I felt light in me again. I’ve been sent back, until my task is done. —Gandalf the White</quote>

Adventuring is a hazardous affair. Ancient evils lie sealed in every crypt, a trap is rigged to every doorknob, death waits around every corner with big nasty pointy teeth, and if an adventurer lives to get his Middle Age attribute adjusts, it’ll be a miracle. But then, perhaps not. Adventurers are a crafty lot, wary of traps, quick to draw their weapons, seemingly able to snatch victory from the big nasty pointy teeth of defeat. Sometimes, an adventurer may even be quick enough to cheat Death herself.

In order to Cheat Death, certain conditions have to be met.
  • The character cannot have died as a result of recklessness;
  • The character cannot have died as a result of player stupidity;
  • The character cannot have died due to disruptive play;
  • The character must have died attempting to accomplish something heroic or game-changing.

If all of these conditions are met, the player may petition the DM to Cheat Death. Assuming the DM agrees, the player must then relate a plausible explanation of his character’s survival, as well as the effects this has on both his character and the game world as a whole. The other players and the DM then vote on the story, either by secret ballot or verbally, giving it a rating of 1 to 10. The DM averages the scores, rounds down, and adds the result to a d20 roll. The final number is then matched against the following table:

1 – 12 The character’s attempt to Cheat Death fails, and he dies as normal.
13 – 18 The character Cheats Death, but suffers a crippling drawback.
19 – 24 The character Cheats Death, but suffers from a serious drawback.
25 – 29 The character Cheats Death, but suffers from a minor drawback.
30 The character Cheats Death and escapes his fate unscathed.

For the various drawback tables, consult the Drawbacks section.

Cheating Death

Rodorsceaft: Pillar of Heaven TheEndlessBard