[Includes SPOILERS for “Planets Collide” campaign]
The Bard missed his Last Breath roll and was “marked as Death’s own”. He spent most of Friday’s session getting his affairs in order. Seeing a golden opportunity here, the ghost of a witch came to him and promised to hide his heart at the roots of the world so that Death could not claim him. He took the witch’s deal. That was the end of the session.
I’m curious how you might handle this mechanically.
Obviously, he won’t roll Last Breath again, whether he hits zero HP or is disintegrated by death rays, blasted by dragon’s breath, or flattened by having ten boulders dropped on his head.
But other than that, there were no promises about what would happen if he loses all his HP or otherwise suffers physical annihilation.
I could give him some way to revive, provided someone can put his pieces back together. Or he could re-spawn somewhere, after a given interval. Or he could get stuck in a time loop like Groundhog Day. Or he could follow the party like a specter, maybe using a custom move to influence events.
There was also no specification in the deal about what losing his heart might cost him. Can a bard even perform Arcane Art without a heart?
What are your thoughts?