Just finished my second campaign and am about to start a third.
In our last campaign we had a jain fairwood equipped with an obsidian scalemail which was an extremely powerful combination, basicly she would cancel all damage not blocked by her defense dice with fatigue and then recover 2 fatigue from not taking damage, this made her impossible to defeat for the overlord.
Preparing for our third campaign I looked over some things in the unoffcial FAW on BGG, I found this in regards to Jain Fairwood:
Q: If Jain Fairwood uses her ability and converts all damage received to fatigue, does she still receive a condition that requires her to take 1 [heart]?A: Both Dark Pact and Jain Fairwood's heroic ability are applied when damage is dealt, which combat rules is the last phase of any given attack. The application of conditions occurs in the "spend surges" section. So, prior to any damage being dealt, assuming everything applies in regards to damage > defense, the effect of the condition will be applied during the Spend Surges phase, before the Deal Damage phase of the attack. Even if you could make an argument towards the Condition applying during the Deal Damage phase of the attack, any kind of timing conflicts *always* rule in favor of the active player, which in this case is the overlord. Since the overlord fulfills the requirements to inflict the condition (hearts > defense, surge: condition), he applies the condition to the player, and THEN the player may choose to redirect damage in whatever fashion he or she is able to. (1)
Q: If Jain Fairwood converts all damage suffered to fatigue, do game effects triggered by damage still apply? The original question involved spending a surge to apply the Poison condition, but there are other effects as well. It was argued that because damage is step 5 of combat, the surge in step 4 would still be able to poison Jain because (potential) damage was rolled.A: Yes, Jain Fairwood would still be affected by game effects that trigger off of dealing damage. For example, a surge ability that gives poison would apply to a target as long as the attack dealt 1 damage, regardless of how much damage the target actually suffers. (1)
It seems to me that these situations are quite similar to the obsidian scalemail situation and I am not sure if we played this correctly or was cheating unintenionally.
What do you guys say?
Did we play this correctly or did we cheat?