Skill Rate: Fast
The knight's testy warhorse, the thief's uncannily smart pet rat, and
the magician's familiar: these are unusually powerful and loyal
animals, and are acquired with the Animal Backup skill. A character may
have only one animal companion at a time. If a character loses one for
any reason, he cannot designate a new one until he gains a level.
Unless otherwise specified, the following techniques can only be taken
once each. The creature's maximum level is your ranks in Animal Backup
minus one (minimum one)
The animal's intelligence permanently increases by one point, and it
can take ranks in Knowledge and Engineering.
the creature understands one spoken language (but obviously can't
The animal's strength permanently increases by one point.
One of the animal's unarmed attacks deals one higher die of damage.
: The animal's Endurance permanently increases by one point.
the animal's natural armour increases by two.
The animal's dexterity permanently increases by one point.
The animal's speed increases by one square of its scale
the animal's spirit permanently increases by one point.
The animal's Will score increases by three points.
[Requires Arcana 1 rank, Magic Skill 1 rank, Magic Power 1 rank]
The time spent hanging around a spellslinger such as yourself has had a
noticeable effect on your animal. Your animal can learn and cast one
complexity zero power zero spell, and gains the
tag. Your animal can take ranks in Arcana, Magic Power, Spell
Repertoire and Complexity next level.