I'm running this epic campaign where the end-all mother of all baddies, a Very Old Black Dragon, is fighting my party. Basically, the dragon is down to almost nil HP, our party's cleric is down to zero spells, the wizard exhausted all of his spells, and the fighter and rogue are low on HP. The dragon, being the evil thing it is, decides to make a run - er fly for it. Before it takes off though, the rogue decided he was going to climb on top of it and hack the dragon apart that way (think Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess Dragon fight as well as Shadow of the Colossus).
My question is, how do I run this? What sort of skill checks should I use? Oh and be mindful that after the rogue finishes his turn, the dragon will probably start flying straight up in an effort to knock the rogue off its back and escape.
I had this happen in my game, I just did acrobatics checks to get on, and then each turn thereafter to maintain their holding. As you have time to plan for this, I'd give the dragon an attack vs. Reflex to shake off the rogue, to spice things up.
I think he should be given the choice to automatically succeed in exchange for his character dying when the dragon crashes. Not instantly, but from wounds beyond healing, and with just enough time left for some cool parting words. Or there's no sign of the rogue. Did he die? He must have? But where is he....?
If the rogue doesn't want to die, then he can still get on, but gets shaken off without being killed. If he asks, he can leave something on or in the dragon to allow them to track it.
Those types of combat tricks are always so fun to try, but more often then not way to hard to ever pull off (or to easy depending on how you rule it). But all in all Id say Centauri idea is pretty nice.
Thank you for the help all. And yes Centauri, the parting words are a possibility. My player did say that he wanted to "fake his own death" (he told me after I called a halt to the session to inquire about this that if he survived, he wanted his character to be thought of as being dead, but living elsewhere, just to see how the town would react - I'm thinking of townsfolk erecting a statue of him or naming a school after him, ect.)
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