Cadaverous Familiar (3.5e Feat)

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Cadaverous Familiar [Magical]

You can take an undead creature as a familiar.
Prerequisite: The ability to summon a familiar, Ability to cast the animate dead spell
Benefit: With this feat, the familiar ritual is performed on the animated skeleton or zombie of a type of animal that can normally become a familiar. The familiar ceremony works normally, except that the creature is not actually summoned, and must be present and under your control. A skeletal or zombie familiar is just as intelligent as any other familiar. You still get the bonuses associated with that type of (living) familiar. As an undead creature, the cadaverous familiar can be turned or rebuked, but remember that it's hit dice is equal to your level.
Special: If your regular familiar is slain, you can recover the lost experience points by reanimating it and using this feat. If a cadaverous familiar is destroyed, you can merely replace any damaged parts and reanimate the remains, without losing any experience points in the process. You must dismiss any familiar you currently have before binding a new one, but need not wait a year and a day to bind a cadaverous familiar.

Notes: If you have the Big Familiar feat as well, you can bind any type of skeleton or zombie of the appropriate size. Your DM may let you apply this feat to an infernal companion or similar pet.

Author: Carl Cramér © Carl Cramér 2001   This feat is from the NBoF, please see NBoF Credits.
NBoF Balance Rating (0 to 5 Scale)
Overall Purp Pow Port Comp Rule
4.40 4.75 4.75 4.50 3.50 4.50

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