Night's Edge Manual
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Eventually even the best of us get hit. And no matter how good your armor is, there's always a bullet out there that's better. If the hit is bad enough, you're going to bleed.

The bleeding meter The amount of bleeding inflicted depends on the type of weapon and the severity of the wound. Blunt trauma, like from a fist or baseball bat, causes very little bleeding for the amount of damage. The wound channel of a .45, though, is pretty good at draining a little fluid. Slashing and cutting attacks are even worse at bloodletting, for the amount of damage they do.

Blood left behind Bleeding causes two noticeable effects: First, if you are a bleeding, you will slowly lose health over time. The higher your level of bleeding, the more quickly your health with deteriorate. Second, your life force draining out will leave a blood trail on the ground for everyone to see.

There is some good news though. Just having some bleeding is not a death sentence (unless you're a hemophiliac). Every time your open wounds cause you to lose a point of health, you also lose a point of bleeding. So eventually, if you have enough health to survive, your blood will clot and your wounds will no longer pour your life force upon the ground.

The bandaging progress bar Bandaging: If you're not satisified with waiting for your bleeding to end on its own, you also have the choice stop and bandage yourself. This is accomplished by binding the Bandage command in the Night's Edge Preferences menu and then pressing and holding it down. Bandaging is the act of stopping and binding your wounds to staunch the flow of blood. It requires two hands, so your weapon will be lowered while you are bandaging. You will also remain stationary while bandaging. The act takes about 3 seconds, though if your wounds are severe enough, you may need to bandage multiple times to stop all of your bleeding. The benefits of bandaging are only felt when you finish, so if you release the Bandage key before the progress bar reaches the end, the bandaging is halted and your bleeding will not be affected at all.

Drugs: Certain medications (such as Depronine) affect bleeding as well. Depronine is an injection designed to lower the heart rate and promote clotting with its suspension of artificial platelets. While it slows the rate of health loss and increases the speed your bleeding drops, it will also lower how quickly you recover stamina.

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