@Adeptus If I remember when I get home, I'll take a look. Exact wording matters here. (But I don't get home for like 6 hours, so you'll probably have an answer by then.) Might even make a decent main site question, actually.
@Adeptus Whether Improved Familiar applies. The progression seems like a pretty trivial "it doesn't say there's a penalty, so there isn't one."
I can't tell whether Improved Familiar would work, personally, since it doesn't include the standard "counts as this feature for all prerequisites". My guess is that it doesn't since it's not technically an actual familiar.
Another Improved Familiar question... standard familiar rules say "For the purpose of effects related to number of Hit Dice, use the master’s character level or the familiar’s normal HD total, whichever is higher." Does that mean, for eg Celestial animals, they gain damage resistance when the master is at level 4+?
Cityscape Web Enhancement lists an alternate class feature for Druids and Rangers, called Urban Companion:
The character gains the companionship of a smaller but far more intelligent creature than she otherwise would have. This is identical to the sorcerer's ability to summon a familiar (PH 5...
@mxyzplk i was considering flagging it for the same myself this morning
@Miniman feel so. but i think this Q, plus examples, would still not have made for a good Q. if we have another question about this, it has to be quite different, in addition to having concrete examples.
so that we can talk about when XY is and is not helpful and compare and contrast and so on.
having examples is a problem when most of this stuff takes place in comments which get deleted, but not having examples is worse. better yet, take screenshots as records.
Thanks. I added that next line of the quote to the question. I didn't think it was important in this context, but looks like it is :)
OK, I'm confused about familiars advancement - it says "It retains the ... Hit Dice ... of the normal animal it once was" but then later it says "For the purpose of effects related to number of Hit Dice, use the master’s character level or the familiar’s normal HD total, whichever is higher." Does "effects" in the second quote refer to eg spells being cast at it, or does it also mean abilities of that creature type?
It's hard to understand (that might just be that the asker's English appears to be poor, but it's hard to tell), it asks multiple questions which are only tangentially related... I can see why someone might think it needs to be closed (at least until improved).
But, I don't think it needs it, just that it's understandable.
on a completely unrelated topic: anyone here use Origin for vidya games? Not got a question (I'd go to Arqade), just curious.
I bought it, then remembered that I hate that launcher with a burning passion. So I redeemed the ones with Steam codes on the One True Platform (sarcasm, obvs), and I'm just trying to find someone to give the Origin code to.
@gatherer818 :) I'd do the same myself. Besides, I played a friend's copy of Peggle a few years ago, and it's scary addictive.
@BESW In case you didn't notice:
There are also (I'm not kidding) Cocoadaemons, demons made of chocolate. They are opposed by (again, not kidding) Chocodevas. Guess what they're made of. Both of these creatures were originally found in Polyhedron #23 back in 1984. — Emrys Ternal29 mins ago
@gatherer818 I've grabbed all their freebies (current one is Syndicate). Still haven't actually installed the Origin client, let alone any of the games... I also bought Humble Origin Bundle 1, but have only redeemed on Steam. Intending to trade the Origin codes at some point, but haven't gotten around to it yet.