Rules for All Players Addition
By Gary Gygax & Carey L. Brooks
To find the amount of time in seconds the Avatar or NAC can
hold their breath use the following formula:
Current Health + Current Speed = Number of seconds an Avatar
can hold his/her breath while fully active
Note: current Speed does not consider penalty reductions
for shield, armor, etc.
For motionless the number of seconds is effectively doubled.
Example of Breath holding Capacity:
Health: 57 Speed: 12
The above statistics represent an Avatar with the capacity
to fight underwater, or while holding their breath for 1 minute
and 9 seconds (57 +12), before a breath must be taken.
The above statistics also represent an Avatar who can simply
hold their breath while doing nothing for 2 minutes and 18
For every second that an Avatar holds their breath past their
figured limit, he or she loses 10 points from their current
Health score and a successful check against the reduced score
must be made. A failure results in the Avatar becoming unconscious.
In an underwater environment, failure results in the death
of the Avatar.
Exception: If the Avatar is drawn from the water and his/her
lungs are cleared of water within 5 minutes after death by
drowning thus, artificial respiration applied thereafter has
a base 90% less 10 per minute of being drowned chance of restoring
the Avatar to life.
Example of Resuscitation:
An Avatar drowns, is under water for three minutes thereafter
before being brought into open air and worked on to revive.
The base chance for success is then 90 – 30, so there
is a 60% chance of success. If the one attempting resuscitation
has Luck Ability, 10% of that score would be added to the
Special Breath Holding Capacity:
An Avatar with Rustic, Savagery, or Waterfaring Ability that
spends time actively engaged in swimming underwater will increase
their breath holding capacity by 1% for every day thus engaged
in such activity. The limit for such increase is 300%. Veteran
coral, pearl, and sponge divers, for instance, will all have
triple normal breath holding capacity.
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