Throat Leech (4e Skill Challenge)
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Throat LeechLevel 2
Skill Challenge125 XP
|Any time a character drinks from a natural source of fresh water without filtering it risks taking in a throat leech. Throat leeches are one inch long and fasten themselves to the soft flesh at the back of the victim's throat, sucking blood until it is completely distended. Once so bloated, it detaches.|
|Goal: The party must find a way to remove the throat leech quickly. Failure means that the victim suffers damage from blood loss and choking.|
|Complexity: 1 (4 successes before 3 failures)|
|These skills can be used any number of times, each time scoring one success.
Endurance (DC 13 standard action, victim only)
Heal (DC 13 standard action)
|Nature (DC 13 minor action, non-victim only)|
The character knows that the best way to remove a throat leech is to insert a thin, heated metal object such as wire into the bloated leech.
|The throat leech is removed, or bursted, without further damage to the victim.|
|The penalty for failure depends on how many successes were also scored. Two or three successes: Some blood loss; the victim loses 1 healing surge.|
One success: Blood loss and choking; the victim loses 2 healing surges.
No successes: The victim has choked to death.