3e SRD:Loss of Hit Points
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Loss of Hit Points
As a character takes damage, subtract that damage from the character's hit points.
What Hit Points Represent
All characters (and some items) have a certain number of hit points. Hit points represent a character's luck, health, and basic physical condition.
If a character's Constitution changes, modify that character's hit point total immediately.
Effects of Hit Point Damage
- At 1+ hit points, a character is able to act normally
- At 0 hit points, a character is disabled.
- At from -1 to -9 hit points, a character is dying.
- At -10 or lower, a character is dead.
If a character ever sustains damage so massive that 50 points of damage or more are inflicted in one deduction, and the character isn't killed outright, the character must make a Fortitude save (DC 15). If this saving throw fails, the character dies regardless of current hit points.
Disabled (0 Hit Points)
When a character's current hit points drop to exactly 0, the character is disabled. The character is not unconscious, but is close to it. The character can only take a partial action each round, and if the character performs any strenuous activity, the character takes 1 point of damage after the completing the act. Strenuous activities include running, attacking, or using any ability that requires physical exertion or mental concentration. If the character takes a strenuous action, the character's hit points drop to -1, and the character is dying.
Dying (–1 to –9 Hit Points)
At the end of each round (starting with the round in which the character dropped below 0), roll d% to see whether the character stabilizes. The character has a 10% chance to become stable. If the character doesn't, the character loses 1 hit point.
If the character's hit points drop to -10 (or lower), the character is dead.
Healing that raises the dying character's hit points to 0 makes the character conscious and disabled. Healing that raises the character's hit points to 1 or more makes the character fully functional again, just as if the character had never been reduced to 0 or less.
Dead (–10 Hit Points or Lower)
When a character's current hit points drop to –10 or lower, or if the character takes massive damage and fails the saving throw (see above), the character is dead. A character can also die from taking ability damage or suffering an ability drain that reduces Constitution to 0.
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