The world of Ava is on the brink of major upheaval as the Forces of Darkness prepare to wage war against the Kingdoms of Man and the Elder Races.
I had a whole post typed up with formatting, costs and benefits, fluff, etc.
Then Firefox crashed.
So, I’ll just preemptively TL;DR my post and say my 3 main options thus far.
1. Create a list of healing scrolls/salves/potions to create/purchase. Characters carrying 100s of healing potions may have a hard time in combat/RP. Might make one character become the dedicated crafter, but could offer potions at discount to party, then could use the extra income for fun toys… Perhaps allow Craft at 1/25 the book cost of the created item, as long as there is a vial/flask/paper available to contain the crafted potion/scroll, etc.
The 3.0 book, Tome and Blood [WotC], has an alchemical Healing Salve as an example item.
2. Just get rid of clerics, but give Druids the Spontaneous Caster class ability as Clerics get it. Spontaneously trade a spell on your prepared spell list for a same spell-level Cure spell in its place. Cure spell still costs a spell-per-day, per the spell it replaced. Removes necessity for usable pantheon as it pertains to clerics, leaving gods to mystery and using more of a nature-lore type (Mother Nature) for restorative purposes.
3. Characters gain a 2nd, identical HP pool. Give it a name: for this example, we’ll call it.. Fate. When not in combat, players can choose to move points from their Fate Pool to their HP Pool. Fate Pool regenerates 25% for every 2 hours of rest, rounded down.
Of these, personally, I’d probably use something similar to a blending of the above. Players will still be limited by their “Fate Pool” to 100% of their HP, but can only be healed by this outside combat. Potions, scrolls, or some other means of in-combat healing (perhaps with option 2? Maybe only allow Druids the Spontaneous Casting[Cure] in combat to mitigate deaths while lowering Druid’s total damage output that encounter) would still be needed.
Full list of feats, flaws and fighting styles from Dragon Magazine