Most tragic possible way for a familiar to die


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Silver Crusade

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I've got a level 3 magus, with a cute little <insert fuzzy, loyal animal here, I'm not sure what it is yet> as familar. Anyway.... I'll want an advanced familiar once I hit level seven. But... I don't want to send my familiar packing.

What should I do?

I'm thinking of having my first familiar be a toy dog of some sort and just have it die of old age.

But... do you think there could be something more tragic and cutie breaking I could pull?


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"Familiar" evolves to "Improved Familiar"!

SCNR.


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Name it Ol' Yeller. Have it save you in a fight by getting in the way of a bite attack. Give it rabies. Then put it down.


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Cancer.

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Mage Evolving wrote:
Name it Ol' Yeller. Have it save you in a fight by getting in the way of a bite attack. Give it rabies. Then put it down.

Considering how small a familiar is...

It would be more like

CHOMP

Familiar is now bitten in half


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You could always stuff it and turn it into a helicopter...

A friend of mine got his familiar stolen by an evil half orc butcher and it was turned into ground cat meat sausages.


syphillis is fatal if untreated right?


You're starving. Your familiar is starving too. Your familiar will certainly die if you let it eat you, but if you eat it than you at least have a chance...


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Accidentally sit on it.


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Why would it need to die?

Maybe what makes the animal a familiar is some special spark of magic. Perhaps your familiar itself might be the one that locates the more powerful creature designed to be your advanced familiar and it willingly surrenders that 'spark' to the new one.

The old familiar could then either revert to its natural state or maybe become just a normal, loyal pet for the duration of its natural life. That might at least be a nice reward for years of loyal service.


My druid (one level in wizard) had his familiar charmed while he was asleep, the familiar was enlarged and polymorphed. My druid was woke up by a wolf (which was once his raven familiar), the party fought it and brought it to negative HP. At which point the polymorph dispelled, the raven looked up and said "I am sorry" and died.

I was in tears.

Shadow Lodge

The Qlippoth familiar actually uses your former familiar as a host. I also imagine that for an imp or quasit, the old familiar would explode and be replaced with the new one. Also, die delivering touch spell.

Grand Lodge

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Is your current familiar named Lemmiwinks?
If so, there are some very unfortunate ways for him to die.

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Cyberwolf2xs wrote:
"Familiar" evolves to "Improved Familiar"!

That's what I did with my Magus' Familiar.

She was a LN worshipper of Ardad Lili and I wanted to get an Imp, but the Paladin in the party strongly recommended otherwise. So her normal Familiar (a Rhamphorhynchus) became a LN Fiendish Rhamphorhynchus.
It was interesting until she died last session. :(


Channel Negative Energy T_T

Grand Lodge

An Imp can, more or less, stay in it's alternate shape at all times. This shape can even be a wolf.


You "accidentally" plunge your sacrificial dagger into while trying to summon your new Imp familiar.


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You wake up from an afternoon nap and find the barbarian chewing the last strings of meat from some small animal that he has roasted...he looks at you with that vacuous look he always has and says ..."What?"


Magus hits level seven, contemplates his options, unconsciously speaking out loud.

Familiar overhears magus say "hmmm... now what I really need is a new familiar..."

"Master, Please! What did I do wrong? Why do you hate me?"

Familiar leaps into campfire in grief and burns to death in screaming agony, it's tears vaporizing in the intense heat.


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Spiked to a wall with a note that says "Stay away from my husband!" and you have no idea who the husband is. And you are a heterosexual male,

Shadow Lodge

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An enemy kills, cooks and serves the familiar to your magus, perhaps in "pie" form, without you knowing your eating it. After your Magus says what a lovely meal it was then he/ she gets hit with the truth ;-)


sell the familiars soul to a demon for a very short term loan, then put all the money on black.
Repeat if too lucky.


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"Master! Master!" Your trusty raven sidekick Quoth lands on the bare dirt of the yard in front of the sagging porch that you're sitting on. (Unfortunately, this backwater's worst inn is also its only one.) He begins an excited birdy dance, dipping his neck and prancing and hopping in a circle. "You wwon't believe! I found love! A rravenette crrazy enough to love me! Wwe'rre going to have chicks! Afterr all this time, I'm finally going to be a da--" <hawksplosion>

Quoth seemingly disappears in a cloud of black feathers, like a birdy ninja. But then you hear him screaming above you, and look up to see him in the grip of a vicious-looking hawk. It flexes its talons, and Quoth screams some more. "Maaaasterrrr!" Your heart drops. You're no cleric, to heal rended organs; the best you can do is put him out of his misery, and take your revenge on the beast that stole him from your life. You loose a lightning bolt that you coincidentally learned just the other day.

Rushing toward where you saw them last, a tiny charred body falls at your feet with a small <plot>. Tears begin to well in your eyes, when suddenly it twitches as if still alive. You recoil in horror. "What the... how??" On his deathbead of dirt, your longtime companion replies in an unfamiliar cant. "I have half yourr hitpoints, and the dice gods hate you. But masterr... wwhy? You knoww howw ticklish I am! And hawwks only do 1d4-2 damage. A simple acid arroww... wwould have sufficed... you fool." Quoth's last breath comes out in a raspy rattle as his head falls to the side, tongue lolling.

You barely understand half of what he said, except that you just murdered your best friend due to underestimating him. Grief and guilt vie for supremacy in your heart. You drop to your knees, face turned to the heavens, and let all of your self-loathing out in a primal scream, as if you could turn back time by sheer force of will. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Then you bury your face in your hands, rocking in shame at the dramatic cliche that you've become.


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I had my mini Gelatinous cube 'Split'!

...

...

Sorry, that was terrible, but my mini Gelatinous Cube died in a Moment of Awesome so I could upgrade to a Dwarf Gelatinous Cube.

My PC (use the D20 Ooze-lord ogl rules adapted by GM) was ko'ed, Leaking/bleeding ooze everywhere, and the Ring of Disintegration was about to blow.

The Cube oozed/slithered over my (pc's) body, engulfed the ring, then oozed/slithered over the ledge and fell the lava as the ring blew up!


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All of you are horrible people...


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I like the idea that a wizard's familiar is a spiritual thing placed into a mundane creature, that can be moved into another suitable receptable. This maintains contiguity. The wizard just provides a more powerful shell for that intelligence. The old one goes back to being an ordinary animal.

Liberty's Edge

Just say that you've learned how to cast a rare and powerful spell that transforms him into a new form.

OR

You have a dream that [insert god here] tells you that he's/she's done something that he/she hopes that you'll both like. You awake, not quite knowing who or what he/she meant until you look at your familiar's new body.


An imp or quassit traditionally seals the pact by eating the old familiar...


Get turned to stone by a medusa or similar so that you can have an ornament to remind you of your long time and trusted companion.

However, I've never been convinced by 'improved familiar'. I mean, what can they do that a regular familiar can't, that is actually of use to a 7th level mage? They are better in a fight, but not enough better to provide any real benefit against a CR7 encounter.


Elinor Knutsdottir wrote:


Get turned to stone by a medusa or similar so that you can have an ornament to remind you of your long time and trusted companion.

However, I've never been convinced by 'improved familiar'. I mean, what can they do that a regular familiar can't, that is actually of use to a 7th level mage? They are better in a fight, but not enough better to provide any real benefit against a CR7 encounter.

It depends on the familiar, in general combat use is limited but it is worth a feat.

Faerie Dragons are pretty awesome, some minor spell casting good fly speed, telepathy, fun and their breath weapon is one of the best ways to get fear immunity. (just fail the save, staggered and sickened sure but at least you stop running and screaming like a little girl)


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I agree with Laithoron, why would it need to die?
I'd try to get my GM to allow the original familiar to be "... born", (like a human can be dragon born). Then it could slowly change into his next form.
(If your next familiar isn't an imp, if it is an imp should eat him)
But if you are gonna kill him off let me know how ;-)


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VRMH wrote:
Accidentally sit on it.

Bloatmages, we're talking to you.

Silver Crusade

The Star Wars answer. It lost the will to live.


Cyberwolf2xs wrote:

"Familiar" evolves to "Improved Familiar"!

SCNR.

This is the route my Witch is going. Or more accurately, her cat has always been a silvanshee, it just sealed its celestial powers away "until she was ready".


You walk into the tavern, and nailed to a post just as you enter is a piece of parchment that describes a missing familiar. The scroll reads:

"Lost, one black-cat familiar with three legs and one eye. Fur is longer on the right side due to an accident concerning fire. Was last seen kicked off a pier by an angry half orc. Answers to the name Lucky. If found, please return to one Miss Fortune staying at the Dancing Dingo Inn."

Sczarni

U fail ur reflex save for the necklace of fireballs you are carrying and it explodes taking your familiar with it.

Silver Crusade

For those thinking I'd kill it myself, I'm a Chaotic good person.

The Familiar is an ablino cat that she's had as her familiar since she was about 8 (when she started training), she's 24 now.

Shadow Lodge

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Harrison wrote:
All of you are horrible people...

Hehehe

Silver Crusade

Also I might go with the old age thing...
I mean sure it's got human smarts.
But the poor thing also has the lifespan of a typical domestic feline. And he'd be 16 by now.
That's two years over the normal lifespan of a domestic tom-cat. So he's pushing it, I just might have her wake up, and find him curled up next to her, cold and dead.

I might just have my improved familiar be (until I am able to find a new one) the ghost of her old one.


Missus Turin's cat lived to the age of 24, so domestic felines can live a surprisingly long time.

Liberty's Edge

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An overdose of Catnip?

You had no Idea his problem was that bad :(


The new familiar bursts out of the old one like in Alien.

Grand Lodge

Your familiar gets pregnant. You let it go to start a family.

Silver Crusade

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blackbloodtroll wrote:
Your familiar gets pregnant. You let it go to start a family.

Well...

Now that's a problem...

Because that means that HE must have had cancer on his arse all along.


Harrison wrote:
All of you are horrible people...

Took long enough for someone to finally say this...

Grand Lodge

Absolute worst way for your familiar to die?

Wrong hole.


It disappeared in a restaurant in Tian Xi. The sweet and sour pork is delicious though.


Mystic_Snowfang wrote:
blackbloodtroll wrote:
Your familiar gets pregnant. You let it go to start a family.

Well...

Now that's a problem...

Because that means that HE must have had cancer on his arse all along.

It wasn't the most goodly thing for you to be testing magic loot on your familiar, but then one day a certain infamous girdle shrank into a pink, rhinestone-studded collar around his neck. Looking at the ex-tom, even your party's cleric had to agree: better the cat than you. And maybe s/he'd be better off without all the psychological conflicts. Best to release hir to just be an animal again.

Grand Lodge

A cat is fine too.


Send your familiar a note that says, "Guess what I memorized today..."

Or your old familiar has been outsourced to new improved familiar.

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