Characters who are not ironborn or deathbound can heal hit point damage and ability damage naturally.
- With a full night’s rest (eight hours of sleep or more), a character recovers 1 hit point per character level. Ability damage returns at the rate of 1 point per night of rest for each affected ability score. Any significant interruption during your rest prevents healing that night.
- If a character undergoes complete bed rest for an entire day and night (a full twenty-four hour period), they recover twice their character level in hit points. Ability damage is temporary, just as hit point damage is. Complete bed rest restores 2 points per day for each affected ability score. Any significant activity during this time period reduces the healing to the "normal" overnight healing.
- A character naturally heals nonlethal damage at a rate of 1 hit point per hour.
Various abilities and spells can restore hit points, ability damage, and drained abilities. An ability or spell that heals normal hit point damage also heals an equal number of hit points of nonlethal damage.
A character can never recover more hit points than they lost. Magical healing won’t raise a character's current hit points higher than their full normal hit point total.
- First Aid: You usually use first aid to save a dying character. If a character has negative hit points and is losing hit points (at the rate of 1 per round, 1 per hour, or 1 per day), you can make him or her stable. A stable character regains no hit points but stops losing them. Providing first aid is a standard action. Heal DC: 15.
- Long-Term Care: Providing long-term care means treating a wounded person for a day or more. If your Heal check is successful, the patient recovers hit points or ability score points (lost to ability damage) at twice the normal rate: 2 hit points per level for a full eight hours of rest in a day, or 4 hit points per level for each full day of complete rest; 2 ability score points for a full eight hours of rest in a day, or 4 ability score points for each full day of complete rest. You can tend as many as six patients at a time. You need a few items and supplies (bandages, salves, and so on) that are easy to come by in settled lands. Giving long-term care counts as light activity for the healer and requires eight hours of light activity. You cannot give long-term care to yourself. Heal DC: 15.
- Treat Wound from a Caltrop, Spike Growth, or Spike Stones: A creature wounded by stepping on a caltrop moves at one-half normal speed. A successful Heal check removes this movement penalty. Treating a caltrop wound requires ten minutes of work. A creature wounded by a spike growth or spike stones spell must succeed on a Reflex save or take injuries that reduce his speed by one-third. Another character can remove this penalty by taking 10 minutes to dress the victim’s injuries and succeeding on a Heal check against the spell’s save DC. Heal DC: 15 for caltrops or the spell save DC for spike growth or spike stones.
- Treat Poison: To treat poison means to tend a single character who has been poisoned and who is going to take more damage from the poison (or suffer some other effect). Every time the poisoned character makes a saving throw against the poison, you make a Heal check. The poisoned character uses your check result or his or her saving throw, whichever is higher. Treating poison requires a standard action. Heal DC: The poison's save DC.
- Treat Disease: To treat a disease means to tend a single diseased character. Every time he or she makes a saving throw against disease effects, you make a Heal check. The diseased character uses your check result or his or her saving throw, whichever is higher. Treating a disease requires ten minutes of work. Heal DC: The disease's save DC.
Healing Herbs (adapted from the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting and Dragon 82)
|Adder's Tongue Ointment||4 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Adder's Tongue Tea||3 shillings||½ lb.|
|Allium Antiseptic||35 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Allium Insect Bite Relief||5 shillings||-|
|Allium Insect Repellent||2 shillings||1 lb.|
|Arawn's Rod||3 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Birthwort Antivenin||12 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Birthwort Poultice||3 shillings||½ lb.|
|Deadly Nightshade Lycanthropy Cure||50 shillings||½ lb.|
|Deadly Nightshade Poison||30 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Eiur's Comfort First Aid Bindings||8 shillings||1 lb.|
|Eiur's Comfort Infused Wine||5 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Eiur's Comfort Tea||3 shillings||½ lb.|
|Henbane Poultice||10 shillings||½ lb.|
|Henbane Ointment||5 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Herb True-Love Antiseptic||3 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Herb True-Love Antivenin||15 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Hler's Marrow Burn Poultice||6 shillings||½ lb.|
|Hler's Marrow Reduction||5 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Pelerine Berry Poison Antidote||15 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Pelerine Berry Stimulant||12 shillings||-|
|Marsh Moss||10 shillings||½ lb.|
|Syfa's Wort Antivenin||15 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Syfa's Wort Tincture||10 shillings||¼ lb.|
|Woundwort||7 shillings||¼ lb.|
- Use: The herb is used as a secondary treatment to help wounded characters regain their strength. Fresh leaves steeped in boiling water make a potent teat which can be drunk three times per day. This tea helps reduce inflammation associated with wounds and restores strength. Adder's-tongue can also be made into an ointment by boiling the cut-up leaves in pig fat and then straining it. This ointment is soothing and promotes rapid healing.
- Effect: A character who drinks the tea three times per day can recover an additional 1d3 points of damage while on complete bed rest, in addition to the normal two hit points per level per day recovered. Using the ointment made from adder's-tongue will restore 1d2 points of damage immediately, but it can only be administered to a character once per day.
- Heal DC: 15 to use adder's tongue tea to aid in long-term care, 13 to use adder's tongue ointment to assist in providing first aid. Cost: Tea (3 doses) 3 shillings; Ointment 4 shillings.
Allium: Allium has long, hollow dark green leaves topped with large spherical clusters of tiny white flowers. The entire plant has a very strong smell, which is even more apparent if the leaves are crushed. Allium is extremely well-known and easy to locate in where it grows - damp grounds, meadows, and sparse forests. It is often cultivated as a garden herb as well. Knowledge: Nature DC: 5, Profession: Herbalist DC: 8.
- Uses: Crushed allium cloves, or diluted allium juice, makes a strong antiseptic. Allium also eases bites and stings from venomous creatures, and it can act as an insect repellent.
- Effect: The antiseptic properties of allium are such that a wound will heal more rapidly, and without chance of infection. Wounded characters recover an extra hit point per day for the first three days after application. If allium is used as an insect repellent, the juice must be rubbed generously over exposed body parts. For ten minutes thereafter, any insects attacking the character - giant, monstrous, or otherwise - must make a DC 12 Fortitude save to attack the character. If used to ease insect bites and stings, allium juice can be used one time per injury to restore 1d3 hit points that were lost from the bite or sting, or 1 point of ability damage lost from the poisonous effect of the attack.
- Heal DC: To use allium as an antiseptic, the Heal DC is 13; to relieve venomous bites and stings, the Heal DC is the save DC of the poison. To use it to relieve venomous bites and stings, and to use allium as an insect repellent, the Survival DC is 8 to use allium as an insect repellent. Cost: Antiseptic 35 shillings; Insect Bite Relief 5 shillings; Insect Repellent 2 shillings.
- Drawbacks: Allium has an especially pungent odor. If it is used for any remedy, especially as an insect repellent, the strong odor may give away the presence of the character using it for the next half an hour, increasing the chance of attracting enemies, especially enemies with the scent ability, which is effective at twice normal range when detecting or tracking a character who has recently used allium.
Arawn's Rod: Arawn's rod, also known as king's candle and the candlestick plant, has many large, pale silvery green leaves that feel like soft felt. The leaves surround a thick tapered stalk of large flowers and smaller leave, which grows four or five feet in height. The prominent spike in flowers is often dipped in suet and burned as a ceremonial candle. The flowers are bright yellow, bearing five petals each. Arawn's rod has a long, white, wood-like root. The plant grows in rocky or clay soil, often on sunny slopes, cliff faces, and terrain such as that found around rock quarries. Knowledge: Nature DC: 12, Profession: Herbalist DC: 15.
- Uses: Arawn's rod is useful as a pain killer. At least five flowers should be crushed and mixed with water or wine. This mixture, applied directly to fresh wounds, will deaden the pain from an injury.
- Effect: Since the pain is a critical part of an injury, use of this herb restores 1d4 hit points immediately. These hit points will be lost again within two hours as the pain-killer effect wears off. Arawn's rod can only restore hit points once every two hours: Multiple applications before the first one has worn off are not cumulative.
- Heal DC: 10. Cost: 3 shillings.
- Drawbacks: If a character uses this pain-killer to help get back on their feet and fights again while still wounded, they will lose an additional 1d4 hit points when the solution wears off because they have aggravated their injuries.
Birthwort: Birthwort is a bushy climbing vine that can grow up to three feet in height. The leaves are set on long stems and are rounded and heart-shaped, with a deep cleft on the top. The flowers are thin, yellow, and tubular in shape. Birthwort grows wild along hedges and fences and in thickets exposed to the sun. Knowledge: Nature DC: 14, Profession: Herbalist DC: 14.
- Uses: The leaves and roots of this herb can be boiled briefly to make a poultice which can be placed on wounds that are healing poorly. If the juice of the birthwort is rubbed on a snake bit, it will help neutralize the venom.
- Effect: If the leaves and stems of this herb are crushed to make a juice and the juice is applied to a poisonous bite or sting within one minute of the initial injury, the character gains an additional +2 herbal bonus to their Fortitude save to resist the secondary effects of the poison. Using a poultice made from birthwort will insure that wounds will heal properly and without complications. A wounded character who applies a birthwort poultice to their wounds gains an extra hit point of healing per day for the first two days, and then heals normally thereafter. Only one application of birthwort per "convalescing session" may be made in this manner.
- Heal DC: 15 to use birthwort as an antivenin, 13 to use a birthwort poultice to aid in providing long-term care. Cost: Antivenin 12 shillings; Poultice 5 shillings.
- Drawbacks: Any non-human character that has birthwort applied to their wounds must make a DC 15 Fortitude save two minutes after the application or be paralyzed for 1d8 rounds. This paralysis is so severe that it is indistinguishable by sight from death.
Deadly Nightshade: The deadly nightshade is a green plant with bell-shaped flowers and dark bluish-purple berries that looks very similar to herb true-love. Nightshade usually grows in shady, moist locations, and rocky, limestone-rich soil. Knowledge: Nature DC: 10, Profession: Herbalist DC: 20.
- Poison: The berries of the deadly nightshade contain a deadly poison, and they can be made into a concentrate into a used as an ingested poison, or reduced into a sap that can be smeared on weapons. (ingested or injury, Fort save DC 13; initial effect 1d6 Strength damage, secondary effect 2d6 points Strength damage).
- Craft: Poisonmaking DC: 13. Cost: 30 shillings per dose.
- Effect: If deadly nightshade berries are consumed by someone who has contracted lycanthropy within one hour after receiving the affliction, the dose allows them a Fortitude DC 20 save to shake off the affliction. Because deadly nightshade berries are poisonous, they must be administered carefully when used in this way so as to avoid giving too many and killing the recipient. Unfortunately, administering sufficient numbers of berries to have the ameliorative effect on lycanthropy also requires ingesting enough of them to poison the recipient.
- Heal DC: 20. Cost: 50 shillings.
- Drawbacks: In addition to the obvious negative effect resulting from the fact that deadly nightshade is a poison, the berries have an additional effect upon khülen. If a khülen character ingests or is wounded by a weapon coated with deadly nightshade, they must made a DC 13 Fortitude save or be paralyzed for 1d4 hours.
Eiur's Comfort: Also known as healing herb, Eiur's comfort has large, hairy green leaves and hairy stalks that can grow two to three feet tall. The stalks are hollow and the leaves have a gummy resin which is apparent if the leaves are chewed gently. Small bell-shaped violet or white flowers top the stalks and bear tiny black seeds. Eiur's comfort has a large root system with roots that are black on the outside and white on the inside. The roots are brittle and filled with a clear nearly tasteless sap. Eiur's comfort grows in ditches, watersheds, and moist fields. Knowledge: Nature DC: 15, Profession: Herbalist DC: 17.
- Uses: This herb can be used as both immediate first aid and a secondary treatment. Almost all of the parts of this "wonder weed" can be used. The root is most effective on fresh wounds - clean one root, bruise it so the clear sap flows, and then bind it against a fresh injury, which will bring about rapid healing. The root can also be dried and powdered for use on wounds as well. Boiling a dozen flowers along with the leaves forms a tea that can be used as a strength restorer. Alternatively, the leaves can be mixed with wine to create a drink that has much the same effect.
- Effect: If Eiur's comfort root is applied immediately to a wound, the wounded character regains 1d4 hit points of damage. A character who drinks the tea or wine mixture three times per day can recover an additional 1d3 points of damage while on complete bed rest, in addition to the normal two hit points per level per day recovered.
- Heal DC: 17 to use Eiur's comfort root to aid in first aid, 15 to use Eiur's comfort tea or infused wine to aid in long-term care. Cost: First Aid Bindings 8 shillings; Tea 3 shillings; Infused Wine 5 shillings.
Henbane: Henbane has large, thick, soft, deeply cut leaves covered with hair that lie near the ground. The herb also have many short and tick stalks spread with branches that bear smaller leaves. These stalks have hollow yellow flowers with large sepals covering much of the purple veined petals. The flowers have tiny grey seeds. The root of henbane is thick and branched, and the plant as a whole has a heavy offensive odor. Henbane grows in clearings and along paths. Knowledge: Nature DC: 14, Profession: Herbalist DC: 20.
- Uses: This herb is a potent pain killer, able to be made into an ointment that deadens virtually all discomfort from a wound or combat the effects of diseases. Boil the leaves, seeds, or roots in a small amount of water and apply as a poultice.
- Effects: When henbane is applied to a wounded character it will immediately heal 1d6 points of damage they have suffered. 1d4 of these hit points will be lost again within two hours as the pain-killing effect wears off. If a character uses this pain-killer to help get back on their feet and fights again within two hours of taking it, they will be sickened due to the numbing effect of the drug. Henbane can also be used to restore ability damage incurred as the result of disease. Using the poultice daily will restore one additional point of ability damage so long as that ability damage was caused by disease. If a character uses henbane as part of long-term care to recover from a disease, they will be affected in the same way for the entire duration of the treatment.
- Heal DC: To use henbane as a painkiller, the Heal DC is 15. To use henbane against ability loss due to disease the Heal DC is the save DC of the disease. Cost: Painkilling Ointment 5 shillings; Poultice 10 shillings.
- Drawbacks: Henbane is poisonous if ingested in any form and any amount. (ingested, Fort save DC 14, initial damage 1d6 Con and unconsciousness for 30 to 60 minutes, secondary damage 1d6 Con). The herb also has hallucinogenic properties if inhaled that may affect the individual preparing the poultice. If the herbalist fails his Profession: Herbalist skill check when making the poultice, he has inhaled the fumes and will be confused for 1d6 rounds.
Herb True-Love: Herb true-love has a small creeping root just below the surface, from which spring clusters of leaves some of which have one star-like white flower or one blackish-purple berry. Each leaf has four leaflets set at right angles to one another in a cross-like pattern. Herb true-love usually grows in wooded areas or sometimes on the edges of fields. Knowledge: Nature DC: 19, Profession: Herbalist DC: 14.
- Uses: This herb is useful as an antidote for poisons and as an antiseptic. If poisoned, a victim should eat at least three berries of herb true-love or some how ingest several leaves either raw or, more effectively, mixed with wine or tea. To speed healing and prevent infection in a wound, the leaves should be crushed and used to clean the wound. Alternatively, boil several leaves in a small amount of water and use the resulting broth as a wash to rinse or soak wounds.
- Effects: The use of herb true-love as an antivenin within one minute of the initial poisoning will provide a +2 herbal bonus to the character's Fortitude save to resist the toxin's secondary effects. This bonus rises to +3 if the recipient is a halfling or gnome. If used as an antiseptic wash, it can be used as part of long-term care to provide a one time bonus of 1 hit point of recovery.
- Heal DC: To use herb true-love as an antivenin, the Heal DC is the save DC of the poison. To use herb true-love as an antiseptic the Heal DC is 10. Cost: Antivenin 15 shillings; Antiseptic 3 shillings.
- Drawbacks: If a character searches for herb true-love and fails to identify it properly, they have found a very similar looking plant that is deadly: Nightshade. If a poisoned character mistakenly ingests nightshade as a remedy, they must make an additional set of Fortitude saves against the poisonous nightshade (ingested or injury, Fort save DC 13, initial damage 1d6 Strength, secondary damage 2d6 Strength). Note: Nightshade is usable as a curative to aid in fighting off lycanthropy despite its drawbacks. Also, see the nightshade entry for its additional effects against khülen.
Hler's Marrow: Hler's marrow has soft hairy white stalks that can grow up to three to four feet tall and have many branches. The plant's wide leaves are soft and hairy with serrated edges. It has large pink flowers with purple centers and an extensive system of long whitish-yellow roots that are pliant and tough. These roots are filled with a clear, slimy juice that thickens like jelly when mixed with water. Hler's marrow grows abundantly in salt marshes and in damp meadows near the seashore. Knowledge: Nature DC: 10, Profession: Herbalist DC: 15.
- Uses: The herb is effective as both an immediate treatment for burns and as a secondary cure for those weakened from loss of blood. The root is used for both applications: Smash it and then dip the pulp into boiling water and use it as a poultice, binding it up against fresh burns. Or crush the root, boil it in a pot of water until a third of the water has boiled away and drink the reduction once a day to help recovery from severe blood loss.
- Effect: Used daily as a poultice for burns, Hler's marrow speeds healing to such an extent that a character will receive an additional 2 hit points per day of healing for each of the first three days of rest following application, and will recuperate normally thereafter, so long as at least some of their injuries were caused by fire damage. When the reduction is used, the recipient can recover an additional 1d3 points of damage while on complete bed rest, in addition to the normal two hit points per level per day recovered.
- Heal DC: To use Hler's marrow to ameliorate burns, the Heal DC is 14; to prepare and use a reduction of Hler's marrow to provide long-term care the Heal DC is 18. Cost: Burn Poultice 6 shillings; Reduction 5 shillings.
Pelerine Berry: Pelerine berry is a bush with thick branches bearing short scale-like needles similar to pine needles. The bark is rough with a shredded appearance, and the entire bush is very fragrant. The bush's clusters of berries are green for the first year of their growth, and then turn dark purple when they ripen in the following year. The berries have a strong, distinctive taste. Pelerine berry is so common that it is easy to locate and correctly identify in the heaths and sparse forests where it grows. Knowledge: Nature DC: 5, Profession: Herbalist DC: 14.
- Uses: Pelerine berries help counteract all forms of poison. More importantly, pelerine berries are a powerful stimulant for those who are severely wounded or near death. If a character is able to, or can be forced to, eat a couple of berries, they may gain the strength to fight off some of the effects of shock.
- Effect: if a character is brought to zero of fewer hit points (either from lethal or nonlethal damage) and is unconscious, the stimulant effect of pelerine berries will stabilize the character and restore 1d4 hit points as well as 1d6 points of nonlethal damage, possibly bringing him back to consciousness. A character near death who is revived in this manner cannot fight or engage in other strenuous activity until he has otherwise healed enough to regain as many hit points as they "artificially" got back from the berries. A character who is revived from unconsciousness caused by nonlethal damage may act as normal once revived. If pelerine berries are used as an antidote to poison within one minute of the initial poisoning, they allow the character to reroll their Fortitude saving throw against the initial effect of the poison; if successful, the initial effects of the poison are negated, but the character still has to roll a save against the secondary effect. In addition, when used this way, they grant a +1 herbal bonus to the victim's Fortitude saving throw against the poison's secondary effect.
- Heal DC: To use pelerine berries as a stimulant, the Heal DC is 10 + the number of hit points below zero that the patient is currently at. To use pelerine berries as an antidote to poison, the Heal DC is equal to the poison's save DC. Cost: Stimulant 12 shillings; Poison Antidote 15 shillings.
Marsh Moss: Also known as bog moss or peat moss, marsh moss is pale green in color, although it may turn yellowish or reddish. It consists of many tiny branches of leaves tangled into a clump of moss which grows in large cushions. It has no roots, but absorbs water directly through its leaves, and this absorbent quality makes it almost as effective as a sponge. It is found in wet, boggy spots, and sometimes grows so thickly that it may appear to be solid ground, at least until someone steps on it. Knowledge: Nature DC: 10, Profession: Herbalist DC: 14.
- Uses: When sterilized, this moss is an ideal dressing for wounds, as two ounces of it can absorb two pounds of liquid. Marsh moss must be collected beforehand to be used, then cleaned and dried, and stores loosely in cloth bags.
- Effect: If an injury is bound up with marsh moss, the victim will heal more quickly. That is, a character undergoing long term care will recover four hit points per level for every complete full day of rest and care. The dressing must be changed after three days and replaced with fresh moss in order to keep receiving the quick-healing benefit.
- Heal DC: 13. Cost: 10 shillings.
Syfa's Wort: Syfa's wort grows about knee-high, with hard, woody stalks. It has smooth and oval paired leaves that appear to form the shape of a figure eight. The leaves have very tiny, pin-prick-sized holes in them that are only visible when held up to light. Syfa's wort has a large yellow flower with five petals that yield a reddish, resinous juice when bruised. The flowers also bear small blackish seeds. The plant's brownish root is hard and woody. Knowledge: Nature DC: 10, Profession: Herbalist DC: 13.
- Uses: The oil from fresh flowers is especially good for healing wounds; boiling a dozen flowers in wine makes a tincture that can be applied to injuries that helps close wounds and heal bruises. A teaspoon of powdered seeds mixed into a broth helps combat the effects of venom.
- Effect: If a tincture of Syfa's wort is applied to a wound within 2 minutes, it will heal 1d4 points of damage. When the seed broth is drunk as an antidote to venom it grants a +1 herbal bonus to the Fortitude saving throw to resist the secondary effects of the poison.
- Heal DC: To use the tincture on wounds, the Heal DC is 12; to use the broth as an antivenin, the Heal DC is 10. Cost: Tincture 10 shillings; Antivenin 15 shillings.
Woundwort: Woundwort has rough slender green stalks up to two feet high bearing long and narrow dark green leaves covered with fine hairs. The leaves are pointed, with jagged edges. The flowers of woundwort are large and purplish red, with white spots. The roots are long and stringy with small tubers growing among them. The plant has a strong acrid smell. It grows in or near ditches, or by the sides of paths or fields. The marsh woundwort grows in marshy areas. Knowledge: Nature DC: 15, Profession: Herbalist DC: 14.
- Uses: This herb is very effective as an immediate treatment for all wounds, especially deep cuts. Woundwort is a remarkable styptic, staunching bleeding almost immediately and quickening the coagulation of blood to form scabs. It is used by binding fresh leaves against a wound to form a dressing, or by steeping the leaves in hot water to form a poultice.
- Effect: If applied to a wound within two minutes, woundwort will stop bleeding and prevent further weakness from blood loss. An application of woundwort to a character that has been brought below zero hit points will stabilize that character. In addition, if applied to a wound, the wounded character will recover twenty percent (rounded down) of the hit points they lost due to the injury, due to the prevention of the blood loss associated with the wound.
- Heal DC: 12. Cost: 7 shillings.
- Drawbacks: Woundwort will always stop bleeding and benefit the user as described above. However, dwarves sometimes suffer an adverse effect from it. If woundwort is used on a dwarf, he must make a DC 15 Fortitude save or be blinded for 1d6 rounds.