The magic that binds it to you likely binds its form. How might you adjust either? Perhaps by binding many spirits into one form.
- Elixirs rendered from the bodies of other casters' familiars could instill their essence.
- Certain powers might reward (or punish) you through your bond.
- It may be part of your arcane studies; a way to enhance your servitor's capacities.
- 1-3 is a cosmetic change, causing that many of the suggested alterations.
- 4-5 is a new ability for the familiar, as well as all the cosmetic changes.
- 6 is a spell the familiar can cast once per day, as well as the best case for the new ability and all the cosmetic changes.
|1-3||Large, complex ears; weird nose; beady, black eyes.||Webbing on limbs; fine-furred pelt; ammonia odor.|
|4||Blindsight.||Webbed wings and clumsy flight.|
|5||Blindsight.||Webbed wings and graceful flight.|
|1-3||Reflective eyes; purrs; slitted pupils.||Fangs; retractable claws; paces.|
|4||Darkvision.||Can make a melee attack for 1 point of damage.|
|5||Darkvision.||Can make a melee attack with dagger-like damage.|
|6||detect magic||feather fall|
Crow or raven
|1-3||Long, black beak; glinting eyes; screeching call.||Patches of black feathers; scaly, clawed feet; hops.|
|4||Speaks one language.||Black feathered wings and clumsy flight.|
|5||Speaks two languages.||Black feathered wings and graceful flight.|
|1-3||Short, hooked beak; huge, yellow eyes; hoots.||Coughs up remains of food; patches of dark feathers; rotates head all the way round.|
|4||Darkvision.||Dark feathered wings and clumsy flight.|
|5||Darkvision.||Dark feathered wings and graceful flight.|
|1-3||Flickering, forked tongue; slitted pupils; long fangs.||Patches of scales; bands of colored patterns; slithers.|
|4||Venomous bite, with irritating effects.||Long, sinuous body is difficult to grab and can wriggle through tiny spaces.|
|5||Venomous bite, with debilitating effects.||Long, sinuous body is difficult to grab and can wriggle through tiny spaces.|
|6||ray of enfeeblement||rope trick|
Toad or frog
|1-3||Bulging eyes; croaks; licks eyes.||Patches of warty skin; hairless chest bulges with breath; flat, webbed feet.|
|4||Sticky, retractable tongue. 5 feet long, somehow.||Swims.|
|5||Sticky, retractable tongue. 10 feet long, somehow.||Can breathe water and air equally well. Swims.|
|1-3||Eyes glow; horns; smiles.||Body glints like a hot coal; shimmering aura of heat and fumes; sheds ash.|
|4||Speaks one language. Needle teeth.||Resists damage from fire and cold.|
|5||Speaks two languages. Needle teeth.||Immune to damage from fire and cold.|
|1-3||Antennae; pupils vanish; musky breath.||Sprouts patches of leaves, moss, or flowers; quick movement is blurred; sheds fine, glittering dust.|
|4||Speaks one language. Sings beautifully.||Gossamer wings and graceful flight.|
|5||Speaks two languages. Sings beautifully.||Gossamer wings and perfect flight.|
|6||charm person||dancing lights|
|1-3||Grows this many additional eyes.||Flesh becomes spongy; takes a moment to show up when you look at it; casts no shadow.|
|4||Speaks one language. Whispers and drools.||Resists damage from non-magical weapons.|
|5||Speaks two languages. Whispers and drools.||Immune to damage from non-magical weapons.|
|6||unseen servant||fog cloud|
- What if these are cumulative?
- What if work on regular animals and animal companions?
- What if you're doing familiars all wrong?