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 has been enticed to come to the area and will move into the circle. At that point, the animal temporarily gains 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 choose 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.
Note that if a caster attempts to bind a particularly intelligent creature as a familiar, the familiar could reject the binding outright or agree to accept and let it take affect. In some cases, an intelligent familiar who accepts the binding may not be fully affected and may retain more then the usual amount of will.
Once this ritual has been attempted, it cannot be attempted for a week.