brainstorming afflicting conditions

edited September 2010 in Story Games
As part of my setting's development I want to brainstorm a list of "afflicting conditions" that can impair a character.

I don't care how these happen. Any of them could be from a poison, disease, potion, mold spore, dragon's breath, magic spell, sphinx fart, etc.

Similarly, I am not bothering to list the reverse of each condition. Thus "slowing" includes "speeding up", and "weakness" includes "strengthening". The setting has beneficial alchemy and animals, but I can be efficient by only listing the afflictions.

So...what am I missing from my list? Thanks!


unease
fear
numbing
weakness
paralysis

dizziness (brief penalty to action)
coughing (prolonged penalty to action)
nausea or choking (extreme penalty to action)

dazed (brief inaction)
befuddled (prolonged inaction)
confused (possible wrong actions)
hypnosis (controlled actions)

heat or burning
cold or freezing
acid
electricity

slowing
ensnaring
polymorph
memory loss

Comments

  • hungry
    angry
    tired
    sick
    injured
  • Influenced
    charmed
    dominated
    possessed
  • Physical conditions
    - hungry
    - tired
    - sick
    - injured
    - numbed
    - weakened
    - shocked
    - paralysed
    - dizzy
    - coughing
    - choking
    - burned
    - overheated
    - frozen
    - thirsty (dehydrated)

    Psychosocial conditions
    - uneasy
    - dazed
    - befuddled
    - influenced
    - charmed
    - dominated
    - angry
    - bitter
    - nervous
    - withdrawn
    - high-strung

    Mental conditions
    - fearful
    - confused
    - hypnotized
    - possessed
    - amnesia
    - depressed
    - paranoia
    - schizophrenic
  • Thanks, Thomas!

    This morning I realized I forgot cosmetic problems. A disease that causes a rash or blisters, the touch of a ghoul that causes weakness and partial hair loss, etc. As with benevolent opposites, no need to count these as distinct afflictions.

    But thinking about diseases, I did realize we should add to our list:
    - shaking or trembling
    - susceptibility to bruising
    - weak bones
    - overactive bladder
  • Posted By: DavidVS- overactive bladder
    A severe condition indeed! And all too often ignored as a decisive factor in the life of the adventuring professions (sleeping under open skies, going around in wet trousers, and eating bad food ... such a life should cost you something!).
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