Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Message Familiar

A familiar is an animal chosen by a spellcaster to aid him in his study of magic. It retains the appearance… and abilities of the normal animal it once was, but is now a magical beast…If a familiar is lost or dies, it can be replaced … through a specialized ritual… that takes 8 hours to complete.

What happens to familiars if the wizard dies? When a surviving familiar outlives his bonded wizard, sometimes the familiar-bond is strong enough that the familiar remains behind even after the wizard’s death; it just passes to an heir or a close relative, the family or guild organization of the deceased wizard.

Living symbols of the deceased wizard, the wizard-familiar is treated with care and respect but is more or less an intelligent pet, magical beast in fact with one very useful ability: it can reliably carry messages over long distances and return with a reply if there is any. Often times this is a raven or owl but sometimes a cat, bat or even toad can and will tenaciously retain the familiar-bond and continue on to serve another.

1 comment:

James said...

Typically the creatures who can fly: hawks, owls, and ravens are used to cover long distances over land or sea.

However in urban settings other message familiars: cats, monkeys, rats, or weasels are employed.

In subterranean regions: bats, lizards, vipers and even toads are utilized.