The creatures or objects affected fall slowly (though faster
than feathers typically do). The rate of falling is instantly
changed to a mere 60 feet a round (equivalent to the end of a
fall from a few feet), with no damage incurred upon landing while
the spell is in effect. However, when the spell duration ceases,
a normal rate of fall resumes.
The character can cast this spell with an instant utterance,
quickly enough to save herself if she unexpectedly falls. Casting
the spell is a free action, like casting a quickened spell, and
it counts toward the normal limit of one quickened spell per
This spell has no special effect on ranged weapons unless they
are falling quite a distance. If the spell is cast on a falling
item, such as a boulder dropped from the top of a castle wall,
the item does half normal damage based on weight with no bonus
for the height of the drop.
The spell works only upon free-falling objects. It does not
affect a sword blow or a charging or flying creature.