Mechanics - Modifiers - Stagger
Stagger is a penalty typically taken from being hit in the head, balls, or otherwise sensitive locations.
It penalizes most rolls.
At the start of their turn a character with Stagger Penalty must roll Gather Wits to possibly reduce their stagger penalty.
A character with sufficient skill in Awareness may also Take Stock to reduce their stagger penalty.
Most magical healing effects can also reduce stagger penalty.