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Are Animal Companions Considered Wild or In Captivity?


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Aside from any moral quandries this brings up, I'm curious about this. My (PFS/CORE) Ranger just hit 4th and has acquired an anaconda companion. I'm filling out a companion sheet and ther's a spot for age. Google tells me anacondas can live up to 10-12 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.

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K-kun the Insane wrote:
Aside from any moral quandries this brings up, I'm curious about this. My (PFS/CORE) Ranger just hit 4th and has acquired an anaconda companion. I'm filling out a companion sheet and ther's a spot for age. Google tells me anacondas can live up to 10-12 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.

That's really up to you and your character, there are no rules about this.

For druids, you could assume wild since the relationship is meant to be that of equals working together.

For a ranger, with a hunting companion and a significant portion of the potential companions being domesticated animals, you could argue either way.

Remember this is a fantasy setting, so I think you could make a solid case for either, based on some RP. The actual number has very little impact, and is more for character building (except for PCs, where age is related to age categories, which have mechanical effects. There are no age categories defined for the snake, so you can put anything within reason and roleplay)


K-kun the Insane wrote:
Aside from any moral quandries this brings up, I'm curious about this. My (PFS/CORE) Ranger just hit 4th and has acquired an anaconda companion. I'm filling out a companion sheet and ther's a spot for age. Google tells me anacondas can live up to 10-12 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.

While there are no specific rules, you should consider them wild, both druid and ranger companions.

The fact that you develop a bond with an animal, show her some tricks, somehow understands your, maybe becomes less aggressive and behave in urban areas... doesn't change the fact the animal is still wild, and if she loses faith in you because of how you behave with her, will have no issues abandoning you and returning to her habitat. Companions way more prone to be domesticated because they can be easily foun in urban areas (like a war dog, for example) might have a higher lifespan, but adventuring should still take a toll. For those, might talk with the GM to give a lifespan somewhere in between.

Captivity means that the animal is usually enclosed, feed and controlled, medically checked and petted, like animals in a zoo.

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