New Healing Power for Witches

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New Healing Power for Witches

#1 Postby Evangelos » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:31 am

So in our HOE game, I'm playing a witch. Given that witches don't really have many powers in the book, and that many of the other witch powers I've found aren't so useful, I've been designing some of my own witch pacts and powers (many times ripping off huckster hexes and altering them to some degree).

Anyway, I was thinking that it might be cool to have an emergency quick-healing power. Witches seem to do healing pretty well, given the power of Healing Poultice. I know that Deadlands doesn't have many quick-heals, and Witches in particular don't have a lot of limiters on their power besides finding the components. Basically, I'm looking for suggestions on how to make this work but not be broken.

Flavor-wise, I imagined this spell using some of the wounded person's spirit energy to heal flesh.

Mechanics-wise, I thought that maybe it could be something like this:

(Power Name)
TN: 5
Speed: 1 (or maybe 2)
Range: ? (Touch, or fairly short [1 yard/Witchcraft level])
Components: ? (Something associated with healing)
Scroungin': ? (probably 7+)
Effect: Instantly heals any 3 wounds (same location or spread out, it doesn't matter). Every wound healed reduces the subject's maximum Wind by 2 (but does not do any actual Wind damage, so wounded targets cannot have their wounds healed but collapse from Wind damage with this spell), which is only recovered at the rate of 1 per day, or 2 per day with a successful Hard (9) Spirit roll. This wind reduction can't be negated with fate chips. Maiming wounds cannot be healed with this spell.

Each raise on the Witchcraft roll can heal one extra wound or reduce the Wind reduction suffered by the target by one. Raises can be assigned to one or the other individually; with two raises, four wounds could be healed and the Wind reduction reduced from 8 to 7.

(Power name) works only on living targets. Harrowed are unaffected.

There are basically two limiting factors here: the rarity of the components and the wind damage dealt. I'm thinking that, given the fact that the Wind damage could quickly add up (losing 6+ Wind for days can be a pretty big deal, even if you have 20+), the components don't necessarily need to be super rare, though not necessarily super common either.

Healing Poultice must remain the preferred out of combat solution. I think that the lasting Wind damage does that well enough unless you happen to be in some critical situation and have no Healing Poultices ready to go.

Speaking of which, rereading Healing Poultice -- it has no Speed listed for application. Regardless, it's probably a safe assumption that you'd need to get through the wounded person's clothes and such, so using a Healing Poultice in combat might be tricky, even nearly impossible.

Anybody have any thoughts?

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#2 Postby Edivdrone » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:10 pm

I would suggest instead a healing potion, which would take a fairly substantial amount of time to brew (hours to days), but only takes an action (and perhaps a Vigor roll if you want it to taste vile) to get the concoction down.
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#3 Postby Dragon_Paragon » Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:15 pm

I'm not terribly familiar with HoE, but it looks like this one here does the trick. The wind can be a huge setback, especially if the healee is one of those glass-jawed types that ends up with only 14 or 16 wind. All in all, I think it works pretty all right-I'd bump the TN for casting up to a 7 and keep the Scroungin' TN at Onerous.

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