Friday, April 6, 2012

Find (Un)Familiar

Take a look at the Find Familiar spell.  It definitely has a historical basis, but it's a bit boring.  I give spell-casters a choice: they can take a normal and inconspicuous animal familiar as per the spell description or they can opt to receive an outlandish familiar by rolling on the following table:


Summon Familiar Table

1d12 Familiar Sense Augmented
1 All-too-human Black Cat (wears a dapper waistcoat, walks upright on hind legs, philosophizes about the will-to-power) Hearing and night vision
2 Chain-rattling Spirit (ghostly form clad in a death shroud and weighed down with chains, surprisingly chipper personality) 180 degree vision
3 Dandyish Devil (tiny, wears a jaunty cap and smokes cigars, complains of ennui) Improved smell
4 Hovering Skull (a skull that hovers in mid-air, has a ridiculous accent, talks about books a lot) Much improved distance vision
5 Mechanical Owl (made of brass and tin, makes whirring and chirping noises) Hearing, night vision
6 Miniscule Gargoyle (stoic, likes to sit motionless on bookshelves to be mistaken for a paperweight) Much improved distance vision
7 Non-euclidean Dog (looks like a normal dog—but something just seems off about it, always smells vaguely of sulfur) Hearing, improved smell
8 Puckish Sprite (dressed in green finery, demands to be carried everywhere inside a kettle, makes lewd jokes) Hearing
9 Rabid Raven (looks like a normal raven, speaks common, encourages everyone within earshot to kill-kill-kill) Improved vision
10 Shaggy Manthing (small creature covered with hair, its features are impossible to discern, wobbles about, makes odd noises at random intervals) Improved hearing, improved smell
11 Tiny Devilgirl Dancer (small female devil, dressed provocatively, will dance any dance if asked) Improved smell, night vision
12 Uncanny Marionette (a walking, talking ventriloquist's dummy, stares creepily, makes dire pronouncements) Improved vision

16 comments:

  1. These are cool (I really like the skull), but you have to be really careful with something like this or your familiars will quickly become "Disney Sidekicks".

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    1. Heh, I've *never* had anyone complain about my games "going Disney"!

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  2. Bob the Skull! Who wouldn't want one?

    Love the table, it's a must use.

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    1. I agree completely! This has now been added to my list of awesome tables to use in game.

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    2. Awesome! That's what I like to hear.

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  3. Nice! I suspect the dancing devil girl looks like a Coop illustration. At least, in my mind they do.

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    1. As Lux Interior of the Cramps would say, "You got good taste!"

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  4. Ha, I really like this table Jack, but if I got the mechanical owl I would need to smash it into bit just on principle.

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    1. Not a Clash of the Titans fan, huh?

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    2. Just not a mechanical owl fan.

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    3. I sense some personal trauma here.

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  5. All-too-human Black Cat

    I think immediately of:

    http://daily.greencine.com/archives/master-margarita.jpg

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    1. That's exactly what I had in mind.

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