My D&D 3.5 paladin took the Dragon Cohort feat in order to obtain the services of a gold dragon (and negotiate being allowed to use the cohort as a mount from time to time) but now I'm not sure what kind of dragon mount is allowed.
Given these premises:
- paladin character level 9
- lawful good alignment
- charisma modifier +4
- no Leadership feat
- no cohorts or followers lost
- no paladin mount (I took the Weapon Bond ACF instead)
- significant regional reputation (DM willing to add +1 to my Leadership score)
... I would expect my Leadership score to be 9 + 4 + 1 = 14. according to the Draconomicon p 139, table 3-14, a very young gold dragon is ECL 16 (although I expected ECL 17 based on the HD and LA listed in the srd) or ECL 13 with the Dragon Cohort feat.
Does this mean my paladin can have a sometimes-ridable very young gold dragon as a cohort or am I overlooking something?
I am not sure about the rideable part because the Draconomicon has one chapter on Dragons as Cohorts (referencing the Dragon Cohort feat, awesome) and one on Dragons as Mounts (referencing the Dragon Steed feat, terrible). However I'm not interested in the special mount summoning ability nor in arranging for a dragon lair on a celestial plane.