Lord Dynel wrote:
Ran into some issues last night...some that I adjudicated, but wanted to get the popular concensus on.
Having had the benefit of reading everyone's previous responses...
I know that the defender can do nothing while being grappled, but is there anything the attacker can do? Say PC is grappled and fails to escape on his next action, thus he remains grappled when it is the attackers turn again. Is tehre anything the attacker can do whilst maintaining the grapple? I ruled that the attacker could use one natural attack if he had any (it did...it was a kobold).
I would rule that the kobold could either bite his grappled opponent or draw a dagger (if so equipped) and attempt to stab it (still has to hit the AC, minus any DEX bonus, if any.) A medium-sized critter (or NPC) could draw any light weapon (nothing bigger than a short sword, though) and attempt to strike with it. Or, as noted elsewhere, use an unarmed attack (fist, knee to groin, et cetera), but in any event, the attack would still need to hit the target's unmodified AC.
Hold Person. What "status effect" is the player considered to be? At first I wanted to say prone and defenseless (+10 to be attacked) but I relented and gave only a +5. A kobold shaman held one of the characters. The spell doesn't really say.
The PC or NPC stands there, unable to move. Can be tipped over (PC tipping, anyone?) and be made to be prone and helpless. Or, simply ignored until combat is over with. To-hit attacks during combat must still penetrate AC (no DEX bonus), unless you're willing to allow "coup de gras" during melee. (I wouldn't. After all, one really needs time to do the job properly--and enjoy it. ) The same ruling should fit Hold Monster, but I'd be willing to pay to see Dragon Tipping in action!
There's no range on a dagger. A player was suprised that he couldn't throw a dagger. I let him, with a range increment of 15 ft.
Previously dealt with. Further, deponent sayeth not.
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