In our last session, a character decided that he wanted to run and jump off a 3-story building, land and use might to prevent damage, and then continue running. I’m not entirely convinced it really should have happen that way. How should a character jumping off a building be handled?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I think this is related to your other question, here. If so, I think merging them would help give context and suggest a solution to this question. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 17:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Pureferret although they came up at the same time in the session, i consider them seperate questions. this question is about a specific instance of a skill use, whereas the other is (essentially) asking for a definition of a game term that i'm not able to figure out \$\endgroup\$
    – DForck42
    Commented Dec 19, 2011 at 18:00

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Rules for handling falling are on page 319 of Dresden Files: Your Story. The short version is that stress is inflicted for hitting the ground and a skill check can provide armour against it.

The rules use Athletics, not Might, and I don't think there is a good case for switching in Might here (not without a Mortal Stunt anyway) as the skill lies in being able to land at the right angle, bend your legs the right way, and so on. Strength is not much of a factor.

I would rule that if the character wants to keep running, then the normal rules for movement apply and each zone inflicts a -1 supplemental action penalty against the Athletics check to reduce damage.

There is also the temptation to compel one of the new consequences the character has, almost certainly, just acquired to leave them flat on their face for a round.


I guess that just using might to boost athletics as in Combining skills(YS213) isn't cutting it for you.

You can allow the character to maneuver using might and place the aspect Brace for impact on himself. Then he can tag that aspect and get a +2 on his athletics roll to jump off a building and land safely.


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