Monday, April 13, 2009

Familiar Musings (Mostly Just Poking Fun @ Familiars)

As I haven't bought Arcane Power (not sure that I will) and it hasn't made the jump to the D&D Compendium yet, I haven't developed any real opinions about the 4E familiar rules. However, I did read Get Familiar this morning and I couldn't help but think of how goofy I've always thought familiars were. Did I have one when I played a wizard? Yes. Did it feel goofy then too? Yes. In any case, I just want to share some random thoughts about familiars...
  • At one point, it was possible for a wizard to die from someone killing his familiar. Would you have a heart attack if someone stepped on your toad?
  • Where does the idea of the familiar come from other than witches and their black cats? I don't remember Merlin or Gandalf ever having familiars. If it wasn't for familiars going back to 1st edition, I'd blame it all on Harry Potter and little kids' obsessions with cute furry things...
  • Shouldn't the winner of The Apprentice get a familiar? If not, shouldn't they start doing the show right and teach those folks some magic tricks or something?
  • Did anybody ever use the Familiar's Belt from Complete Mage back in 3.5? Did it feel like having one of those pokemon balls on your belt?
  • Improved Familiars (and animal companions too, I guess)... are they familiars for tough guys who want more than a cute little gerbil to keep him company, or are they for wusses who can't hold their own in a fight?
  • Shouldn't pirates get familiars too? They have parrots... and Barbossa had that cool undead monkey...
Anyway, just a goofy little post...
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