I'm a sniper, and like to stay hidden during the fight to use my sneak attack, and bravely slay my enemies from afar.
My party is about to slay a T-Rex from an aerostat. If I'm hidden on the dirigible, can I still sneak attack the beast?
(Precision: our team leader wants to attack the T-Rex safely from the aerostat, so we should be hovering next to his occupied space and a little over his reach to be safe. But we will be in range for distant attacks such as fireball, sneak-attack crossbow, etc... About 12m diagonnaly sounds good, judging different ranges.)
RAW, I think it's the case, but since I'm on a big ship floating just above the enemy, I thought it would be worth asking.
What I'm interested in is the mechanic concerning sneak attack on consecutive turns.
From the d20pfsrd site, skill "Stealth":
If you've already successfully used Stealth at least 10 feet from your target, you can make one ranged attack and then immediately use Stealth again. You take a –20 penalty on your Stealth check to maintain your obscured location.
To sneak attack, I need to be hidden at the beginning of the turn. Once I shoot, I need to succeed a Stealth roll to keep my position concealed. With a feat and a bunch of points in Stealth, I've got a bonus on this roll of +6. In the meantime, my opponent takes a penalty due to the fight ongoing with my party, so I'm likely to succeed the roll repeatedly.
My question is: the creature knows that the crossbow bolts are coming from the aerostat. The aerostat is not hidden. I am, but on the aerostat. Can I stay hidden (with succeeding throw) on a thing particularly visible?