I created an elf druid who took the Plant domain as the starting Nature Bond. I'm currently advancing my character to level 8, and I'm staying a pure druid (no multiclassing). Reading the character advancement rules, it mentions that a level 7 druid gets an animal companion.
I didn't start with an animal companion since I opted to take the cleric Plant domain instead, but do I still get this new animal companion at level 7? If so, what are the differences between this animal companion and one that I might have started with at level 1 due to the Nature Bond?