One of my characters takes a cannonball from a 24-pound cannon in the chest, from about 100 yards away. The cannon is also about 15 feet above him, and it hits him at the top of his sternum.
Apart from being very dead, what would the effects be? Would the cannonball go through him, or just collapse his chest and stay there? Also, how messy would it be? Are people around him likely to get splattered with gore?
Thanks in advance!