Is there any way to reference hypothetical limbs?

(now that I have your attention…)

I’m working on a system where, during combat, the player and enemies can both suffer damage to their limbs. However, it seems that Inform will not accept any attempt to so much as refer to the limbs of an arbitrary person even though I made sure to put that the various limbs are a part of every person. Right now I just don’t see any way around this problem.

The only thing I could really think to try and fix it was creating a combat-exclusive person that varies that gets turned into the target of the attack, to try to get Inform to see the target as a specific person, but that didn’t work.

Is there any way around this? Thanks for any help you can provide.

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You have to use “a random”, even if there’s only one. (“Let the target arm be a random arm that is part of the victim…”)