Let’s Just Call Them Surges
What if it were implied that surges just in fact gave a surge of something not to be named. We’re sticking to abstraction here, right? A surge of courage, energy, bravado, luck, knowledge…you get the picture. Why not use surges identically as previously but imply that they could be many things, that they can be traded in for a burst of HP, but perhaps not always.
You descend a wide set of marbled steps, dimly lit by sconces crafted to look as if flame were spewing from the mouths of the iron skulls that adorn them. The low groan of metal reverberates through the chamber that is otherwise silent, aside from a muted hum sounding like thousands of gears in perpetual motion.