The physical integrity of the character is represented in the form of wounds. A character can withstand a certain number of wounds without passing out.
If you look at the character sheet of an intact character, you will see a bar of filled hearts:
These hearts represent the wounds a character can take without passing out. Each source of damage causes a certain number of wounds. This can be a fixed number of wounds, as with most weapons. However, a dice formula can also be used.
Hearts are crossed out or emptied as soon as the character takes wounds. Thus, after a hit with a weapon, the life meter may evolve as follows:
These empty hearts can be filled again through healing.
The situation is different with boosts. Some items give boosts when used, pure first aid without tools gives a boost, for example. Boosts are represented as different colored hearts and can also absorb wounds when crossed out.
However, with boosts, these hearts are completely removed and cannot be restored by healing. Thus, a boost is a temporary improvement in condition.
If the character takes damage, it is always crossed out from the right. First the boosts are used up, then the still complete hearts. So in the following display, the boost occurred after the wounding (the empty hearts).
A character that has neither full hearts nor boosts faints and is considered dying. The condition below describes exactly how to proceed here.
Real healing of wounds is only possible over time and with medicine. First aid and the use of bandages and other aids only generate boosts.
Using the first aid skill without aids generates a boost. With aids the number varies, this is described in the items.
If the characters come to rest for at least 6 hours, this is considered a rest.
During a rest, the character has the opportunity to heal wounds. For this purpose, the values Resistance, Endurance and Willpower are added together. Dice are rolled according to the sum, for each success the character heals one wound.
All bonus dice, destiny dice and rerolls refresh, so are set to the character's maximum.
If the magic extension is used, the character rolls on the sum of the Charm, Conscientiousness, and Willpower stats. For each success, one arcana is restored.
When horror extension is active, the character rolls a Stress Test. If the roll succeeds, the stress may be reduced by one.
A character can have different conditions. These have different effects on the character's actions, but also effects over time. The conditions are noted on the character sheet with a counter.
This condition is caused when the character's wounds exceed the maximum wounds, so the hearts decrease to 0. At that moment, the value of this condition is set to 1.
If the value of the condition is one or higher, the character rolls for his Resistance at the beginning of each round. If this roll succeeds, nothing happens. If this roll fails, the value of the condition is raised by one.
If the value of the condition reaches 6, the character dies.
Stabilizing requires successes equal to the character's "Dying" value. This can be a roll on first aid, medicine, or something similarly helpful. If enough successes are achieved, the dying condition is removed.
The character is incapable of any action (his actions per turn are zero). The value of this condition indicates the depth of unconsciousness.
At the beginning of each round, the character can roll on his willpower. If the roll shows successes according to the value of this condition, the value is set to 0 and the character wakes up.
For each roll, the character has as many dice less than the value of this condition.
At the beginning of each round, the character can roll on his Endurance. He can reduce the value of the condition by the number of successes. If the condition reaches a value of 0 in the process, it is removed.
The character's minimum roll is increased by the value of this condition for all rolls on perception and for all attacks.
This condition ends when the character is extinguished.
At the beginning of each round, the character rolls for Endurance. If the roll fails, the character takes one wound for each level of this condition.
This condition ends when the character is bandaged (e.g. by first aid).
The character's minimum roll is increased by the value of this condition for all rolls.
At the beginning of each round, the character can roll for his Resistance. He can reduce the value of this condition by the number of successes. If the condition reaches a value of 0 in the process, it is removed.
The character has a 6+ cover (see combat rules).
All actions involving manual work (physis attributes, attacks and skills) have a +1 minimum roll.
It takes an action to hunker down or stand up.