A Single Animal Companion / Familiar for a pair of NPC's


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I have a married pair of npc's and I want to represent how close they are to each other. Felix is a Ranger and Giselle is a Wizard. Their dog is the special animal. I think it was mainly her dog, but Felix takes it hunting and such. We have a plot where Felix gets replaced by an antagonist double and the dog absolutely refuses to be around 'Felix', to the point of alerting the party to the switch.

Would Gestalting the animal work?


This is a brilliant idea! Do it and tell us how it turns out!


This idea makes me want to develop a system for a single party based companion. Whereas druids, rangers etc don't get htier own but can contribute powers to a single animal as the parties cohort.


Werewolf the Apocalypse / Forsaken has that with the pack totem.


Nepherti wrote:

I have a married pair of npc's and I want to represent how close they are to each other. Felix is a Ranger and Giselle is a Wizard. Their dog is the special animal. I think it was mainly her dog, but Felix takes it hunting and such. We have a plot where Felix gets replaced by an antagonist double and the dog absolutely refuses to be around 'Felix', to the point of alerting the party to the switch.

Would Gestalting the animal work?

Oh i love that idea. Give it the ability scores of whichever side of AC and Familiar is better, have the special abilities, like Link, Share Spells, Devotion etc. apply to the one of the two characters they apply to each and such. Should make for a great and very characterful critter.


Threeshades wrote:


Oh i love that idea. Give it the ability scores of whichever side of AC and Familiar is better, have the special abilities, like Link, Share Spells, Devotion etc. apply to the one of the two characters they apply to each and such. Should make for a great and very characterful critter.

That is exactly how I was going to do it.:-)

I'll post the sheet once its built.


I thought about the Idea to contribute this to a group. But it would be rather complicated to balance for a group of Players.
Lets say we got a Ranger, a Druid, a Summoner and a Wizard.

All want to have one Party-Critter instead of their own. How would you build such a beast? Just a magical Beast-Chimera with the Abilitys of all of them? I think that would be either to Strong for a single Critter or to weak, because its just one instead of four. It can only act once per Turn, Flanking is a Problem and if someone wants a mount it gets even more complicated. I like the Idea, but it seems imposible to balance.


Which is why I would not allow that version of it. These are NPCs. And the dog will probably never be involved in rounds.

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Nepherti wrote:

I have a married pair of npc's and I want to represent how close they are to each other. Felix is a Ranger and Giselle is a Wizard. Their dog is the special animal. I think it was mainly her dog, but Felix takes it hunting and such. We have a plot where Felix gets replaced by an antagonist double and the dog absolutely refuses to be around 'Felix', to the point of alerting the party to the switch.

Would Gestalting the animal work?

Why not just make the animal a standard pet? Making it a familiar would be too much of an instant giveaway.


My Question was primarly headed towards Don DM ^^

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