Okay, I'm hoping my character could survive the fall with minimal injuries (bumps and bruises) because she should be able to return to the action pretty soon after climbing out of the water, but I don't want to make it about being incredibly lucky or otherwise sacrifice realism, so if it's impossible, I'll just change the scene, but here are the particulars / questions: Not sure how much the character's weight affects the impact with water, but it's about 145lbs/65kg + around 40lbs/18kg for the plate armor + bits of chainmail sown on her doublet/gambeson only for the crucial parts (armpits, torso, upper arms etc.) + mail skirt (just long enough to cover groin) which would add what? around 22lbs/10kg? The fall happens off a castle wall and into a moat (which seem to have been 10-30ft/3-9m deep), so it's not all that deep. I'm not sure how much wearing an armor impacts the speed with which you sink after hitting the water vs. sinking without an armor after the same fall (yeah, I suck at physics), so I'm not sure about the force with which she hits the bottom (esp. in shallower 10ft/3m moats), whether that impact could cause injuries despite the protective gear. If she survives the fall without getting horribly mangled/knocked unconscious, from what I've gathered, it's pretty difficult to swim in full armor, so I'd imagine that's out of the question. So any ideas how she could get out of the moat? Since medieval castle walls weren't all that smooth, I envisioned her essentially climbing the rocks used to build the part of the castle that's under water using the "claws," i.e. the sharp tips of her gauntlets to secure a grip on the slimy (algae) stones (just to get her head above the surface and then she'd start moving sideways to reach the shore). I got this idea from when I climbed the tiles of a jump pool with my nails as a kid and while it doesn't compare (surprisingly wasn't wearing armor at the time), nails hardly compare to sharp-tipped steel gauntlets, so opinions or actual knowledge of whether this is plausible? Also, she's been fighting in a full-on mêlée with a bunch of participants prior to the dive, so does anyone here have any experience how fast a relatively fit person gets exhausted wearing plate armor of that weight? What makes it a bit trickier is that the reason she falls is getting hit in the head, which, even wearing a helmet, is disorienting and would likely affect her ability to choose how she lands in the water (not sure how much if any of an effect it has at 10m/32ft since her acceleration would be 9.8 m/s2). I have one question to anyone who knows their armors: do gorgets offer any neck support? Was there any concern for neck support in medieval armors and if not, why? Also, why weren't there tiny slits where the ears were, covered with a plate a few millimiters off the helmet (to protect against someone sticking a dagger through that slit) to help the fighters hear better (since people who've worn such helmets say it restricts their hearing quite a bit)? Is the reason hearing protection? I've been whacked on the head hard with a wooden stick while wearing a kendo helmet as well as a fencing helmet and the knock is so fucking loud it disorients you more than the actual hit, so I'd imagine steel against steel would produce an even louder sound, but this is just a theory and I'd appreciate a yay or a nay. Thanks in advance!