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Body is a stat possessed by both characters and creatures. When a character is damaged by an attack once the characters armor has been overcome the damage is next applied to the characters body. Location does not matter, body is applied to damage taken in any location. Limb wounds and torso wounds occur when a character takes damage after all body has been used up.
The first thing you do when you take damage (or are hit by a spell call) is check to see if you have any immunity effects. So if you are hit for "4 Poison" and you have the spell Poison Immunity up, it will prevent that damage and you will not proceed any further in taking damage. An ability such as a damage requirement would also be checked at this time. A "No Effect" call must be made whenever an attack successfully hits you but does not inflict damage (or does not take effect in the case of spells) so that the attacker knows-that-you-know the attack successfully hit and so that they know they may need to attack with something different.
After you have checked for immunity effects you check to see if you have any limited use prevention effects. These are often called "one time" effects because they generally only work once. One example of such an effect is from the spell spirit shield. Remember to call ''No Effect" if the damage is prevented outright by an effect.
At this point damage is going to be dealt in some form. Characters have four possible pools that damage might be applied to before the character takes a wound. Those pools are magic armor, physical armor, natural armor, and body. Damage is always applied to magic armor first, physical armor second, natural armor third, body fourth and finally as a wound last. If the damage has the "Pierce" trait it cannot be applied to any type of armor.
Applying damage to a pool is done on a one-for-one basis. For example if an attack deals 4 damage and have 2 magic armor, 1 physical armor and 3 body, after the damage is dealt you will now have 0 magic armor, 0 physical armor, and 2 body remaining.
When your character takes damage from an attack you will eventually want to know how that damage gets repaired. Body points, leg, and arm wounds will heal automatically at the start of the next event you attend. Because torso wounds lead to "bleeding out" they do not heal between events, in fact if they are not treated soon enough you will be dead which could lead to permanent death if you are no revived.
Naturally no one wants to wait a full month for damage to heal. To heal faster requires restoration magic or healing items such as a catholicon or rejuvenation elixir. You can find a complete listing of sources of healing here.
Characters can also acquire conditions that require healing.
A character who has the poisoned condition cannot have wounds or their body points healed until the poisoned condition is removed. Typically the poisoned condition is removed by the spell Purify Spirit or an item such as a Theriac or a Catholicon.
Another condition that must be cured is the diseased condition, it will not wear off naturally. The diseased condition is challenging to remove, there are no spells that accomplish this goal. Instead alchemical items must be used such as a Theriac, a Catholicon or a Rejuvination Elixir.
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