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Charender wrote:That depends on how to define familiar. Could a devout follower of the old one in question be considered familiar with his god?
Another thing that kills the druid thing(aside from the Beast Shap limits)SRD wrote:
At 4th level, a druid gains the ability to turn herself into any small or Medium animal and back again once per day. Her options for new forms include all creatures with the animal type. This ability functions like the beast shape I spell, except as noted here. The effect lasts for 1 hour per druid level, or until she changes back. Changing form (to animal or back) is a standard action and doesn't provoke an attack of opportunity. The form chosen must be that of an animal the druid is familiar with.
Any stickler DM won't just let you polymorph into just any animal, it has to be something you have some familiarity with(as decided by the DM). Just because you have read about it in a rulebook doesn't mean that you character has any clue what it is. I would never let a player whose character has no knowledge of sea creatures polymorph into a dire shark.
This effectively limits your polymorph options based on your Knowledge(Nature) skill. As a general rule of thumb, if you can't make the knowledge check to identify it and you have never seen it in person, you can't polymorph into one.
Someone that familiar would likely have ranks in the appropiate knowledge skill right? If they have enough ranks to make the check, then they have the knowledge. That is how knowledge skills work. If they haven't invested any ranks in knowledge skills, then I feel that, as a DM, I have plenty of ground to question their devoutness.
Player - I am a super devout follower of X.
GM - By devout, you mean you would give anything or do anything for them?
Player - Absolutely
GM - And By anything, that does include investing a few skills point to actually know a little bit about them, right?
Player - Uh...
To look at is another way...
Imagine you have a friend who claims to be a "huge fan" of baseball, but when you ask them questions about baseball they can't answer any questions that go beyond the basics(3 strikes, 9 innings, name of the nearest pro team, etc). Would you consider them to actually be a big fan of baseball or a poser?