Adventures on the Lost Coast
Reproduced from Raising the Stakes.
The death flag is definitely designed for campaigns where characters can’t come back from the dead. This lets those campaigns get rid of random lethality without eliminating death altogether as a possibility. This is done with a change in the “social contract” between players and GM. Whereas in standard D&D the player is at the mercy of the GM and the rules, with the death flag the player decides when the stakes of a conflict are life and death.
As an Immediate action, a player character can choose to raise his Death Flag and gain 6 Conviction instantly (even if this brings their total Conviction pool above 6).
When the death flag is raised, the normal rules for death apply. If the death flag has not been raised, then the character, if killed, is treated as reducing the player character to 1 hit point above death. The Death Flag can be lowered by spending 6 Conviction.
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