Fast-roping, also known as Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System (FRIES), is a technique for descending a thick rope. It is useful for deploying troops from a helicopter in places where the helicopter itself cannot touch down. Fast roping allows soldiers to respond to crises as a quick reaction force, conduct missions requiring stealth and board vessels while at sea. It is quicker than abseiling (rappelling), although more dangerous, particularly if the person is carrying a heavy load, because the rope is not attached to them with a descender. The person holds onto the rope with his gloved hands and feet and slides down it. Several people can slide down the same rope simultaneously, provided that there is a gap of approximately 3 metres (9.8 ft) between them, so that each one has time to get out of the way when they reach the ground.
To perform a fast rope attempt, a character makes an Athletics (Climbing) check and moves his Pace down the rope with a success, or Pace +2 with a Raise. A failure negates any movement for the action, while a critical failure means the character falls from that height.
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