My idea is that there is a hidden pirate witch on board that can get a lightning bird to attack once a day, or something, but that she needs to burn incense as a consumable part of the spell.
This is actually exactly just what you need already. Monsters and adversaries in 5E do not need to follow exactly the same rules as PCs, and in fact in many cases ...
While I agree with the points made by other posters, it is up to DM discretion.
Would you be able to summon/conjure/reappear your familiar from the pocket dimension back into the Material Plane if you were in an anti-magic field?
I don't think so, there is some magic involved.
But since it doesn't say it requires components, I'm on your side.
What the DM ...
Per the Find Familiar spell:
As an action, you can temporarily dismiss your familiar. It disappears into a pocket dimension where it awaits your summons. Alternatively, you can dismiss it forever. As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 30 feet of you.
There is no mention of any ...
The rules do not specify the nature of the action required so it is up to the DM
We know that certain interactions are considered free. There are things like opening doors, removing a ring from your finger, withdrawing a weapon from your backpack, etc (these and other free interactions are listed in the box on page 190 of the PHB).
The fact that summoning ...
As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 30 feet of you.
This is not casting the spell and so any restriction on Components you can currently use is not relevant.
All this says is that causing your familiar to reappear take your action for the turn in which you do it. As ...
No; "anything" means "any object".
In the absence of special game definitions for terms, D&D 5e reverts to natural language in interpreting the rules.
The word "anything" is defined on Dictionary.com as:
any thing whatever; something, no matter what:
Do you have anything for a toothache?
a thing of any kind.
The Awakened Mind text now reads:
You can telepathically speak to any creature you can see within 30 feet of you.
That is most definitely one way.
Find familiar text instead reads:
While your familiar is within 100 feet of you, you can communicate with it telepathically.
That is most definitely two way.
However, if you communicate in real life with ...