Familiars summoned in this way were spirits of either celestial, fey or fiendish nature, depending on the caster's choice, that took the form of an animal, also of the caster's choice. Subsequent castings of the ritual changed the form the spirit took to that of another animal. Typical choices included bats, cats, crabs, frogs, hawks, lizards, octopuses, owls, snakes, fish, rats, ravens, sea horses, spiders, and weasels, although warlocks could be granted other forms by their patrons, such as imps, pseudodragons, quasits, or sprites. Other, less common, choices included flying monkeys and tressym.
Familiars thus summoned had the usual link with their masters, such as a telepathic link over some distance, which included the ability for the caster to see through the creature's eyes, the ability to relay touch-based spells and the ability to be temporarily or permanently dismissed. Only one familiar could be bound to a spellcaster at any given time.
If a familiar summoned by this spell were killed, it could reappear by a subsequent casting of the ritual.
The spell needed verbal, somatic and material components. The materials needed were high-quality charcoal, incense and herbs that needed to be burned in a brazier made of brass as part of the ritual.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 22, 25. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 107,210,240. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
- ↑ David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 134. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
- ↑ Richard Baker (1996). Player's Option: Spells & Magic. (TSR, Inc), pp. 181, 185. ISBN 0-7869-0394-5.
- ↑ Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 152. ISBN 978-1560763581.
- ↑ slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 121–122. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
- ↑ Christopher Perkins, Will Doyle, Steve Winter (September 19, 2017). Tomb of Annihilation. In Michele Carter, Scott Fitzgerald Gray eds. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 978-0-7869-6610-3.
- ↑ Christopher Perkins (September 6, 2016). Storm King's Thunder. In Kim Mohan, Michele Carter eds. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 243. ISBN 978-0786966004.