In Exalted, feats of strength (lifting/breaking/throwing heavy objects) are diceless actions based on your total (Strength + Athletics) pool. Page 127 in the core book provides a table correlating your pool with lift weights:
(Strength + Lift (lbs.) Athletics) 1 80 2 160 3 250 4 350 5 450 6 550 7 650 8 800 9 1,000 10 1,200 11 1,400 12 1,600 13 1,800 14 2,000 15 2,200 16 2,500 17 3,000 18 3,500 19 4,000 20 4,500
According to the Feats of Strength section above the table, throwing a heavy object a distance of (Strength + Athletics) yards requires a (Strength + Athletics) total 5 higher than the total needed to lift it. So, a character with a total of 6 could throw an 80 pound object 6 yards. A character with a total of 20 could throw an object weighing a metric ton one-fifth of the length of an American football field.
But the core book is silent on the subject of a weakling trying to throw something heavy (for them). For characters with a (Strength + Athletics) total in the 1 - 5 range, how much weight can they throw? Most normal humans have attributes (including Strength) in the 2-3 range, and most would have Athletics 1; even the Elite Soldier template from the Antagonists chapter only has Strength 3/Athletics 3 (the Regular Troops template has Strength 3/Athletics 2, and the Citizen template has Strength 2/Athletics 1).
Granted, a character could stunt (adding 1-3 to the total), channel a Virtue (adding 1-5 to the total), or spend a point of temporary Willpower (rolling to add on average (Willpower / 2) to the total). However, stunting requires making the action cinematic and cool enough to get the Storyteller to award you the stunt, Virtue channels don't come back until the end of the story, and temporary Willpower is generally only gained at the end of a story, when suffering a Limit Break, when performing an impressive (+2) stunt, and when succeeding on a Conviction roll each morning. (Plus, Virtue channels and temporary Willpower have other uses often far more vital to the survival of the self and the party than "watch the weakling throw the boulder.")
So: can those
weaklings normal humans (including your common farmer) throw hefty objects a few feet? If so, how much weight can they toss around? Or are us noodle arms forced to use extreme measures (stunts, Virtue channels, temporary Willpower) if we want to throw a bale of hay?