Adventurer(s) have fallen into a pit and want to get out. Being the murderhoboes they are, they have not prepared for such an occasion. In fact, they are only wearing pitiful rags (that do not a useful rope make) and have no equipment, since they have just escaped from slavery and are on their way out.
How easy is it to get out of the pit? I am interested in the case of 10' deep pit and a deeper one; the first one might have different viable options, considering only the fictional situation. The pit is a cylinder with a bottom that is a square with 10' sides.
Some possible things that would occur to me (based on fictional possibilities):
- Climb up.
- Jump up. Even 3 meters is a lot, so this is likely only for the superheroic characters.
- Jump up and grab hold of the floor above. Pull yourself up.
- Jump up and grab hold of the wall(s). Climb up rest of the way. (The first part does not sound easy.)
How much easier does it get if there are at least two people down there? Climbing on the shoulders of an ally (with their help) should help a bit, at least. What if there is someone above, reaching down to help?
The existing rules leave the following simple questions unanswered, or at least make the answer not obvious by my standards:
If a character with 30 feet speed climbs successfully, they ascend 7,5 feet. Ten foot pit: This leaves their feet around 75 cm from the top, which means that they are mostly out of the pit. Is the rest of the climb any easier, do they still need to roll, or what happens?
The third (and fourth) situations look like they would need some rules interpretation or more than simply reading the rulebook.
The chances of success with the basic climbing solution are not obvious without calculations, especially given the possibility of accelerated climbing.
Running jump requires running 10 feet. How much space is needed to do this? By Pythagoras' theorem, the distance from a corner to the opposite one of a square with 10' sides is 14 feet, but getting from corner square to any other square only takes 5 feet of movement (first diagonal step). Can one do a running jump? If not, how much space does it require?