Binding a Familiar
BINDING A FAMILIAR
Difficulty: First Circle
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Casting Time: 8 hours
SL Cost: 2 Level-0 slots after 4 hours; 1 Level-1 slot after 8 hours
Components: Circle of runes created with arcane powders and a bit of food
Component Cost: Arcane powder (200gp per caster level)
Checks: Concentration DC 10, Spellcraft DC 10
Failed Check: Usually, no familiar appears. Occasionally, a random familiar appears.
This ritual allows an arcane spell caster to bind a familiar to them. The type of familiar is dictated by the food used in the ritual (thus the caster is able to ‘fish’ for the familiar they prefer). After 24 hours, the caster will make a Spellcraft check. If successful, The familiar will appear and move into the circle. At that point, the animal temporarily gains all the benefits of being a familiar. As the casters is much stronger in mind, he can choose to complete the ritual and bind the animal as a familiar or release him and send him on his way. A good caster may be inclined to use the Empathic Link to ‘ask’ the animal if it wishes to bound while an evil caster may just bend it to his will.
Once this ritual has been attempted, it cannot be attempted for a week.