Gods of the Fall - Staff of Serpents
I have a question about the Staff of Serpents artifact on page 181 of the Gods of the Fall book. Specifically the Venom power. The power in question is written as thus: "Venom: When used as a medium weapon, the staff inflicts normal damage plus on a failed might defense roll, 5 additional points of speed damage (ignores armor)." This would be fine if the staff were only going to be wielded by NPCs or creatures against PCs. If the PCs acquire the staff what then? NPCs or creatures don't make might defense rolls and they don't have speed pools. So how do we know when the 5 additional points of damage are done? I assume that the NPC would just take regular damage since they don't have a speed pool. I thought about doing the 5 damage on a 17, 18, 19, or 20 and letting them replace the minor and major effects that would normally be scored there but I am not sure if that would be often enough to match the failed might defense roll. Am I over thinking it or what? If anyone has any thoughts or ideas on this thanks in advance.