I'm amazed my search-fu hasn't found this asked before, but for spells/feats/abilities that only work on "unattended objects", do a willing ally's objects count as "unattended"?
Basically I have a tiefling and I'm pondering getting Grasping Tail for her, as she already has the Prehensile Tail racial trait.
The wording seems straightforward enough:
If you have the prehensile tail racial trait, you can use your tail to grab unattended items within 5 feet as a swift action as well as to grab stowed objects carried on your person; you can hold such objects with your tail, though you cannot manipulate them with your tail (other than to put them in your hand).
The problem is, unless this includes objects on your allies' persons I don't see it as anything beyond a "glorified litter-picker-upper" feat. "Oh, good. I can pick up anything off the ground within 5 feet of me as a swift action. Too bad that fumble card knocked my weapon 20 feet away from me..."
If I can loot my allies' stuff, I see all kinds of fun uses for it. "'scuze me while I grab that potion of CSW, 'k? The fighter needs it more than you do!"
If all item-passing is still move actions, spending a feat for a "please drop that so I can spend a swift action to pick it up" ability seems rather silly.
It seems commonsense to allow allies to allow you to treat their objects as unattended if they're OK with it, but I figured I'd ask here. I do seem to set off firestorms with what seem to be straightforward questions. Maybe it's just me.
EDIT: And clearly we'd need to work out house rules on containers: What happens if the object is in the ally's backpack? Their belt pouch? Their Handy Haversack? But for now I'm just thinking of stuff the ally might keep handy on a belt loop or whatnot that might be useful to me.