A party member in a D&D 5e game I’m in is playing a halfling paladin. It occurred to me (for whatever reason) to ask what weapon they were wielding, and they said their main weapon was a maul, and their backup was a warhammer/shield combo).
Upon checking the Weapons table, I discovered that mauls have the “Heavy” weapon property:
Heavy. Small creatures have disadvantage on attack rolls with heavy weapons. A heavy weapon’s size and bulk make it too large for a Small creature to use effectively.
The player seemed to be unaware of this (a similar character in Critical Role apparently wielded heavy weapons without issue – of course, CR is not necessarily a perfect demonstration of the rules as written).
As such, I was curious whether there is anything in the rules (i.e. not homebrew or a house rule) that cancels out this innate disadvantage for player characters, other than gaining advantage from some other source in combat.
(Note: the issue has already been resolved in our game between the player and DM, so it’s purely a rules question.)
According to the spell description:
Levitate allows you to move yourself, another creature, or an object up and down as you wish. A creature must be willing to be levitated, and an object must be unattended or possessed by a willing creature. You can mentally direct the recipient to move up or down as much as 20 feet each round; doing so is a move action. You cannot move the recipient horizontally, but the recipient could clamber along the face of a cliff, for example, or push against a ceiling to move laterally (generally at half its base land speed).
My understanding is that while the description says you can’t make something/someone/oneself move horizontally through this spell, there’s nothing stopping the object from moving horizontally by its own device.
So, imagine the following case:
A drow runs at her maximum speed, and jumps over a cliff, activating her Levitate spell-like ability.
- Will the character’s inertia make her move horizontally, while she keep her altitude constant (or rising, or going down) by carefully using Levitate?
- If there’s no obstacle, will she even stop?
- How does that compare to Fly? (https://www.d20pfsrd.com/magic/all-spells/f/fly/)