Last game session, we were talking about Felltower a bit before we did our Gamma Terra game. One the subjects that came up was casualties. The discussion about them isn't germane to this post. But in thinking about that, I idly took a look at the casualty list again. It's pretty big.
The lowest point player character on the list is 250.
The highest point is 534.
The fastest anyone died was session 1.
The longest lasting player character lasted almost 100 sessions and had delved for 7 years (2011-2018).
There are 31 PC names on the list. Many are multiples.
There are 40 NPCs on the list. Only two - Brother Ike and Red Raggi - are multiples.
That's a total of 71 killed in action in Felltower in 113 delves. That's 0.628 casualties per session. On a PC basis, it's 0.274 casualties per session. Obviously, they clump, and range from 0 to 19 per session. The most PCs killed in one session was 8.
So if I'm doing the math correct, for every 10 delves, it's likely that about 6 characters die, of which 2 or 3 will be PCs. That's about 1 PC death every 4 sessions, along with 2 and a 50/50 shot of losing another (2.5 lost per 4 delves.)
That's pretty awful.
Is Felltower (and its sister side locations) that lethal? Yes. I'm going with yes.