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Familiar Ideas

Post by Avedri » Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:30 pm

We can use guild points to repair corpse animations, I’d really love the option of being able to use guild points to select different types of familiars to summon. Perhaps the easiest way to do this would be to exchange guild points for a consumable of some time that has a specific amount of uses and gets destroyed after consumption.

I understand the difficulty that might come from changing familiars into different types of animals based on the fortitude or types of attacks associated with specific animals - but assuming that all the choices were kept to bite/claw damage maybe not too difficult?

Examples:
a shadowy feline familiar
The shadow familiar is small, about the size of a housecat. Its inky black, semi-gaseous body is humanoid, with a pair of bat-like wings, fangs, claws, and a barbed tail giving it a malevolent look. Two luminous cold blue points of light stare out from the shadow familiar's face.

a shadowy reptilian familiar
The shadow familiar is small, about the size of an iguana. Thick obsidian-like scales cover the body of this six-legged creature, each foot clawed with razor-sharp talons.Two luminous cold blue points of light stare out from the shadow familiar's face.

a shadowy avian familiar
The shadow familiar is small, about the size of a raven. The long neck is touched with hues of deep sanguine, much like the curved talons. Rippling mists form onyx feathers creating a narrow body with a giant wingspan. Two luminous cold blue points of light stare out from the shadow familiar's face.

a shadowy canine familiar
The shadow familiar is small, about the size of a hound. Large yellowed fangs protruded from the large maw of the creature. Spikes of ebony run down its vaporous body. Two luminous cold blue points of light stare out from the shadow familiar’s face.

a shadowy arachne familiar
The shadow familiar is small, about the size of a cave spider hatchling. Eight large legs extend from its misty stygian body, which is covered with tiny hairs that ripple in and out of existence. A cluster of luminous cold blue points of light stare out from the shadow familiar’s face.

a shadowy rodent familiar
The shadow familiar is small, about the size of a ferret. The lean body of this creature is formed of sinuous dark haze, its feet covered in long arching spikes. The long muzzle of the creature has a sickly green tint. Two luminous cold blue points of light stare out from the shadow familiar’s face.


Also, would it be possible to convert the length of the message on shadow familiars to work with the skill in sorcery? 200 or 300 hundred ranks affords you one more word. 400/500 allows you three.

Thanks!
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Post by Rias » Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:50 am

The unfortunate problem with this idea is that a shadow familiar is an extension of the caster's own consciousness, and therefore human-based as a reflection of it. Additionally, it wouldn't really know what to do in the form of an animal. This is the reason Minor Animation can only be used on humans - the familiar doesn't know how to work in any other body form, since it's a (rather limited) reflection of human consciousness.

The default familiars have their little batlike wings, true, but they're purely cosmetic, and the familiar doesn't get any actual use out of them.

All that said, I like the idea of customized familiars, as long as they're humanoid. Rasui got a jackal-headed one, for instance, but it was still humanoid in form.
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Post by hadesfire » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:58 am

Perhaps having the Rook themself able to change the appearance of the familiar based upon their skills? for example, the description is broken apart into several segments, each segments changing based on a certain skill, somebody with 10 melee would have a familiar with "small, insubstantial claws" while 200 melee would have "sharp, brutally twisted claws"

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Post by Avedri » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:34 pm

That was my bad, I saw familiar I assumed like witch + cat. But yeah still would like to see some more stuff with guild points and familiar seemed like the best place to start. Because I love mine ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdximU6Ao00)

I know it was previous mentioned by Rasui no less to have racial based one, that really wouldn't work in some cases where the race doesn't embrace sorcery.
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Post by Makkah » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:37 pm

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Post by Avedri » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:02 pm

I hope it casted wither.
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Post by Solaje » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:35 pm

Thanks Avedri, I'm going to have that song stuck in my head for the rest of the day! =P
"—In behint yon auld fail dyke
I wot there lies a new-slain knight;
And naebody kens that he lies there
But his hawk, his hound, and his lady fair."

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Post by Avedri » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:43 pm

Song? X.X That was totally a League of Legends reference. http://na.leagueoflegends.com/champions ... _the_sands
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Post by Kiyaani » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:15 pm

It's ok, Avedri. I got the reference. <3 Nasus

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