It’s important to recognize the good things we do.
How did someone earn one ? The normal circumstances for this card to be awarded would be when a character had been dropped to negative Hit Points, was “bleeding out” one point of damage each round, and was at -8 or -9 Hit Points and on the verge of dying. This card recognized the effort of another character to identify the danger, rush to his fallen comrade, and administer a healing potion, spell, or scroll that would stabilize and/or revive the dying ally.
Was there another way ? Depended on how likely another character was about to die. If a character pulled another back from the brink of danger, cast a spell that stopped a character from falling to their death or taking fatal damage, or diverted an enemy’s attack that would have killed a friend…then that could qualify.
How frequently were they awarded ? Meeting specific criteria, especially the “-9 Hit Points and about to die next round”, were not common events. Perhaps 2 or 3 of these cards were ever awarded.
The “Cards” series of posts recalls the special “trophy” business-cards awarded to players during E.G.’s original D&D v.3.5 game several years ago. This is a weekly post.