(This is kind of a follow-up to Missing with a splash weapon)
There is an alchemist (or other splash weapon user) "T", throwing her splash weapon at a target "X" that is within T's weapon's first range increment - so if T misses, her weapon will impact one square off the original target (see linked question for details to that)
The twist here is: Target is standing with its back against
- a wall
- a river / the sea / water
- a pit / a precipice of some sort
If the thrower T misses, and rolls 1,2,3 on her miss roll, what will happen?
- Wall: Will the squares 7,6 and 5 be impacted by splash damage? Which squares will suffer splash damage?
- Water: Will there be splash damage at all, i.e. will the surface of the water be hard enough to trigger the explosion?
- Pit: Will there be splash damage at all, since technically the splash weapon will tumble out of sight?
- But there are holes in the wall
- But the water is frozen
- But the pit is exactly 5 foot deep
I think this boils down to wether you consider splash weapons to be "explode-on-impact". At least for Alchemists Bombs, which are (Su) - Supernatural you could argue that they don't just explode on a mechanical-physical basis, but the Alchemist wills it into exploding (?)
Would love to hear your takes on that.