Campaign of the Month: December 2013
Fate: Warhammer 40,000
Exerting Stress Tracks
“I’m Givin’ Her All She’s Got, Capt’n!”
— Enginseer Prime Scottius Mont Gammarius
While stress tracks are often used to model incidental damage that accumulates over time, it is sometimes possible for a character to push themselves to greater deeds. By voluntarily taking damage to particular stress tracks, a character may improve the results of a skill check.
A stress track that can be exert will be clearly labeled as such. This is not an ability that is by default available to all stress tracks.
To exert a stress track, declare the intensity of exertion. This value cannot exceed the length of the stress track. This is the value added to your skill roll.
Next, take an amount of Strikethrough Damage equal to the intensity value. This damage cannot be reduced or prevented in any way.
If the damage overflows, it must be absorbed through Consequences, or you will be Taken Out.