[RPG] Does Freedom of Movement allow you to move normally in a storm created by magic


Freedom of Movement States:

This spell enables you or a creature you touch to move and attack normally for the duration of the spell, even under the influence of magic that usually impedes movement, such as paralysis, solid fog, slow, and web.

The control winds spell says:

You alter wind force in the area surrounding you. You can make the wind blow in a certain direction or manner, increase its strength, or decrease its strength. The new wind direction and strength persist until the spell ends or until you choose to alter your handiwork, which requires concentration. You may create an “eye” of calm air up to 80 feet in diameter at the center of the area if you so desire, and you may choose to limit the area to any cylindrical area less than your full limit.

If a character is under the effect of a freedom of movement spell are they still effected by an increase in wind speed that could knock them down or check them or no?

Best Answer

From a RAW Stand point we have this:

  1. Freedom of movement prevents effects that would cause you to be unable to move freely, such as solid fog, paralizys, grapple, etc.
  2. Freedom of movement does't prevent you from beeing bullrushed, blown away or tripped.
  3. The spell control winds allow's you to control the speed and direction of the winds, wich in return is capable of provoking some effects on creatures based on the wind force and the size of said creatures.
  4. The checked condition prevent's you from moving

So based on this we have the situation where a creature under freedom of movement would not be checked by the winds, but would be blown away or knocked down provided that the wind is strong enough to do so because freedom of movement doesn't prevent you from beeing moved by other effects, it merely allows you to move freely if something would prevent you to do so.

Also from the 3.5 FAQ:

Can prone characters move?

The rules on crawling would obviously apply here, but this question also includes things like limbless creatures and oozes. If a creature has no motive limbs, you move at your normal speed when prone, otherwise you must crawl.