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Visualization of feats, effects, spells and abilities in D&D is generally somewhat straightforward:

  • Paladin's Smite Evil - your weapon glows with holy energy and is unleashed when you hit Evil™ in the face,

  • Rogue's Sneak Attack - you stab them in the soft parts,

  • Monk's Flurry of Blows - this minus the heals.

But I could never understood how Monk's Slow Fall feat should be visualized. The text, quoting d20srd, says:

At 4th level or higher, a monk within arm’s reach of a wall can use it to slow her descent.

Does Monk, like, slams their fist into that wall? Runs up against it? Catches it with teeth? Uses air updrafts?

So - what is the intended visualization behind it?

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    \$\begingroup\$ @Snappie That sounds like an answer, not a request to clarify the question. I suggest you post it as an answer. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 13, 2017 at 21:39
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    \$\begingroup\$ I should say that what your asking about are class features, not feats. You may want to replace that tag with monk if the site has it \$\endgroup\$
    – Levi
    Jan 13, 2017 at 22:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Levi Gah, I forgot about that tag. Fortunately, we have very active moderators. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dragomok
    Jan 14, 2017 at 8:00

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There are several ways that this could be done:

  • They might just dig their fingers/claw/dagger into the wall, coming down in a dust cloud.
  • They might grab for something protruding and make a flip around, rinse and repeat
  • They might run DOWN the wall, slowing down at the end and jump off it to do a roll before landing...

But in the end: Let the player narrate his cool monk ability how he would like. It's a monk, this ability is from Kung-Fu- and Ninja-Movies, so... be inspired by them?

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Unlike earlier D&D editions 5th ed doesn't mention the need for a monk to be close to a wall or something to slow their fall. This opens up the game to characters having "mystical chi" slowing their falls like in movies.

In our game we visualize a monk's Slow Fall the same as martial arts movies depict falling characters: Their clothes flap with the sound of moving wind then they land smoothly like fallen cats. Picture Crouching Fighter Hidden Dragon or Kung Fu Panda: The characters are using their Ki (without spending Ki points) rather than scraping at nearby supports.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This question specifies 3.5, so the 5e rules aren't exactly relevant \$\endgroup\$
    – StephenTG
    Jul 24, 2017 at 23:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ @StephenTG Technically, yes... But still, it's an useful aside. I would have probably made the question specific to whole D&D (perhaps with a sub-question pertaining to the wall thing alone) if I knew that this Monk's feature appears in other editions. \$\endgroup\$
    – Dragomok
    Jul 25, 2017 at 8:57

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