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Old 02-06-2018, 05:49 AM   #51
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As others have said, low-tech fire is unlikely to inflict an immediately fatal wound in a few seconds like a club or a stone arrow can. On the other hand, it is terrifying, and inflicts wounds which are hard to heal even with 20th-century medicine. Don't forget the rules for Setting Things on Fire! And Fright Checks may be in order, and prevent the burning character from doing something sensible like stopping, dropping, and rolling.

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Once we had both fire and the idea of living in enclosed spaces (caves or huts, either one) we were constantly subjected to smoke inhalation until the invention of the electric lamp. The invention of chimneys helped reduce the exposure but definitely didn't eliminate it; franklin-style stoves helped also, but ultimately you have to remove all the candles and lamps to stop smoking us to death.
From high school, I recall that lung-and eye-related problems were very common amongst the longhouse cultures of the Northeast. Spend a Great Lakes winter in a bark-and-poles house heated by open fires, with plenty of furs but not much of a local fabric tradition, and you will probably learn to tolerate the smoke even if your eyes burn all the time ...
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Old 02-06-2018, 07:19 AM   #52
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Disadvantages gained in play don't give back any points, they just lower your point total.
I was thinking of taking one voluntarily to get extra points to buy extra life.
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:13 AM   #53
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The long and the short of it is that we've had serious pressure to tolerate smoke.
Actually, we don't really. Ordinary levels of smoke are mostly long term toxic, and thus kill you after you've already procreated.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:02 PM   #54
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Actually, we don't really. Ordinary levels of smoke are mostly long term toxic, and thus kill you after you've already procreated.
They affect pregnancy, infants, infant mortality and childhood development, all of which is selective.
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:02 PM   #55
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I was thinking of taking one voluntarily to get extra points to buy extra life.
Is that a thing? Where does that come from?

Do you mean from an Affliction of Extra Life (as in the Raise Dead learned prayer)?
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Old 02-06-2018, 12:14 PM   #56
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Is that a thing? Where does that come from?

Do you mean from an Affliction of Extra Life (as in the Raise Dead learned prayer)?
GM tricks for digging players out of holes 1.0 - trading a death for some kind of permanent consequence.
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