Do powers and effects that grant allies basic melee attacks allow those allies to take the attacks regardless of their positioning? In other words, if I attack with a Warlord's Commander's Strike:
Target: One creature
Attack: An ally of your choice makes a melee basic attack against the target
Hit: Ally's basic attack damage + your Intelligence modifier
And let my ally Rufus make a melee basic attack against the Zombie, does Rufus need to be within normal melee range of the Zombie? Or can Rufus make the attack from anywhere, since the power does not specify?
One of the player's in our group thinks that Rufus should get the attack regardless of positioning. The way I read this power is that I need to be within melee striking distance of the Zombie and Rufus needs to be within melee striking distance of the Zombie.
A followup question is on powers that redirect or force attacks. Can a power that forces a monster to switch targets choose a new target that is outside of the original range? For example, if the Zombie attacks me with a melee attack and I redirect it to a Skeleton behind me, the Skeleton is beyond melee striking distance of the Zombie. What happens? Does the attack fizzle and nothing happens? Was it an illegal redirect? Does the attack still go through?