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Smaller creatures that serve to aid certain spell casters. They typically lack the combat prowess of an animal companion, but aid a spell caster in other ways.

Familiars are the typical assistant to a spellcaster by either providing knowledge, aid in or with spells, or otherwise being a trusted companion (albeit typically not one skilled in direct frontal combat). Their jobs may vary from game system to game system but generally uphold the following:

  • Are intelligent

  • Associated with spell casters

  • Subservient to its master

  • Have some form of communication with its master and possibly a more limited means with outsider entities

Familiars are distinct from animal companions. Questions about animal companions should use the tag instead.

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