You've probably seen these sorts of RPs before, with a warrior riding a dragon as if the latter were a noble steed. Basically a talking warhorse with a breath weapon, usually flames. The rider would be armed and capable by himself and would have either weapons, magic, or both as a means of fighting.
For this RP, I propose something totally different. The dragon rider is a woman who doesn't need close combat skills, and she isn't a mage. Power is a very subjective thing. Someone with a sword has more power than someone without one, and someone with the ability to summon a bigger fish has more power than someone with what is basically a sharp metal stick. The rider's weapon is
the dragon. She's not weak by human standards, just average for a woman, and no amount of physical strength that a human could have would be a match for a dragon's in any event.
For her to gain an advantage over the dragon, she'd have to find him asleep at first, then climb on him and walk around him, using her skills to apply pressure using her hands and feet to weak points (nerves, blood vessels, pressure points, ducts for the gasses which fuel his flame, etc) which would disable his flame, wings, or other things, then use this as leverage against him to agree to help her. After he agrees, she'd fix whatever she did and ride him for the first time, possibly keeping one thing unfixed to act as a guarantee of his good behavior for a while. Over time, this unusual arrangement would change into something beneficial for the rider and the dragon, ensuring that no further leverage is needed over him by her.
The rider's motive for wanting to ride a dragon at all can vary, but I've worked out three broad scenarios as to why such a wild thing would happen:
1. The dragon is bad at first and takes the rider as a hostage to ensure payment of tribute from her village, but she turns the tables on him.
2. The dragon is neutral, but she needs his help to fight off an enemy army and does whatever she has to do to become his rider out of desperation.
3. If you want to play a less-than-good rider, we can have her find the dragon asleep in his cave and she becomes his rider out of personal gain, eventually convincing the dragon that this can be to their mutual benefit.
The rider can look like almost any woman, but it would be best NOT to make her particularly strong or durable. The power reversal is more satisfying when it is all the greater, and if a woman who looks something like this:
Can use her hands and feet along with her words to tame something like THIS:
- then you know she's a very powerful lady. Think of it like taming him using dexterity and charisma checks alone, if that helps. Or a peasant girl who could ride Odahviing from Skyrim without needing any shouts, if you get the reference. Her fingers can accomplish more than a knight's sword when it comes to handling dragons.
Any takers, please PM me.