(ritual); M (charcoal, incense, and herbs worth 10 sp that must be consumed by fire, consumed)
As you spend 10 minutes to cast this spell, you gain the service of a familiar, a piece of you that takes an animal form you choose: almiraj, awakened shrub, badger, bat, cat, chwinga, crab, crawling claw, fish (quipper), flying monkey, flying snake, frog, hawk, homunculus, lizard, octopus, owl, poisonous snake, rat, raven, scorpion, sea horse, spider, toad, tressym, weasel, or any Tiny or smaller animal of challenge rating 0.
Appearing in an unoccupied space within 5 meters, the familiar has the statistics of the chosen form, though its health is increased by 5. Your familiar can understand your speech and you gain the ability to decipher its noises and motions.
Your familiar acts independently of you, but it always obeys your commands. In combat, it rolls its own initiative and acts on its own turn. If you don’t issue any commands to your familiar, it defends itself from hostile creatures but otherwise takes no actions. A familiar can’t attack, but it can take other actions as normal.
While your familiar is within 20 meters of you:
- Your familiar has resistance to all damage. Each time it takes damage, you take the same amount of damage.
- When you cast a spell with a range of touch, your familiar can deliver the spell as if it had cast the spell. Your familiar must use its reaction to deliver the spell when you cast it. If the spell is an attack, you use your own skill check for the roll.
As an action, you can temporarily dismiss your familiar if it is within 5 meters of you. It disappears into a pocket dimension where it awaits your summons. As an action while it is temporarily dismissed, you can cause it to reappear in any unoccupied space within 5 meters of you that you can see.
You can’t have more than one blood sentinel, divine emissary, familiar, or wild companion at a time. If you cast this spell while you already have a blood sentinel, divine emissary, familiar, or wild companion, the spell fails.
When the familiar drops to 0 health, it disappears, leaving behind no physical form. It reappears after you cast this spell again. If it is slain by a creature, you gain advantage on your next attack made against the killer.
You can increase your familiar’s health by 15 for each additional mana expended.