Just another day. We were being attacked by some zombies that were led by some boss man or other. It looked intimidating, as there was almost two dozen of them, but looks can be deceiving. Once we started attacking them we were relieved to find out that they were relatively low-level and easy to kill, although the numbers still required some sort of tactics to avoid being surrounded. The boss man was standing back to start with, but at some point he disappeared. Huh? I made a decent spot check and saw he changed in to something and flew up to the first floor of an adjacent building in the village we were in.
I kept an eye on him. I didn't really need to, as he flew closer and appeared quite close to us on the side of a building to cast a close-range spell on our group. Flying, eh? I noticed that he was wearing quite a nice cloak, which I thought may be the origin of his flying abilities, as he didn't seem the type to fly by himself. Yeah, that was going to be mine. I just needed to get it. But he was close, and I have good base speed as a monk and a stupidly-high jump check modifier, thanks in part to a Ring of Jumping +10. I sprang forward and leapt up! I managed to grab hold of him and started a grapple.
This chap wasn't too impressed by this, particularly as the rest of my group were dealing so effectively with his zombie troops. He wanted to escape. Bah, I was having none of that. I wanted to make sure that he wouldn't use the cloak to escape so, in the grapple, I pinned him and, in the pin, tried to get the cloak off him. It would be mighty difficult to use the cloak if he wasn't wearing it. Using my monk-fu, I managed to unsling it from his neck. Hurrah!
Now this bloke was getting mad, so he just let go of the building. I have to give him his dues though, as he managed to hold on up until then, even while being grappled and pinned. Still, the ground was heading up to me, but I wasn't worried. We hit the ground, just as I was able to twist myself, with a successful dexterity check, so that the bloke didn't crush me, which was nice. I was able to maintain the grapple and, as the rest of my party had killed off the zombies, they came to finish off this chap while he couldn't escape. A couple of them had to resist hitting me, but I was told that's because of the way grapples work. Hmm, there must be a misprint in my edition of the PHB.
All that was left to do was to see who would get the cloak. After whining and complaining and threatening to cry, I managed to get my grubby little mits on it. Hurrah! The cloak was mine. An identify spell by our mage in the morning let us now it was a Cloak of the Bat, which allows the user to hang from the ceiling, fly, and turn in to a bat, the last two abilities usable only for short periods of time at a go and only underground or at night. Woo-hoo!