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Bestiarum Vocabulum: Familiar

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Sorceress's Familiar

Sorceress’s Familiar

familiar [fə milyər] noun, c.1325; ME < L familiāris; replacing ME  famulier < MF < L; also totem, animal spirit, mage’s critter

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. A sentient magical animal that bonds to a human wizard or sorceress. Human mages can acquire many familiars, although one is the normal number. Depending on the quality of the magician, a familiar’s magical ability ranges from a few simple spells, to using mind voice and other advanced magic. Only the most talented mages acquire a familiar that is a magical hybrid, such as a cynanthrope, werecat, or faun.
  3. Personages: Furgo, Wizard Kadmeion’s magical hybrid familiar in Forever Boy and Old Bony Blue Eyes. Also Vixen-shay, the Winter Wizard’s mink familiar in Glitter Ponies.
  4. See “Dramatis Personæ: Furgo” and “Go Fer and Furgo
In his boy stage, Furgo looks something like this

Go Fer and Furgo

In his boy stage, Furgo looks something like this

Kadmeion’s familiar lives in this room.

It’s difficult to tell who lives here, isn’t it? A boy and his dog? Well, the boy is a weredog. A cyanthrope is the magical name. Sometimes Kadmeion’s familiar is a dog. Other times he is a boy. He can even take on an in-between stage of a very hairy boy with a stooped posture who has a wonderful ability to track odors.

Apologies For the Pictures

Photography with a mundane camera is difficult in the Clockpunk Wizard world. The ~twisty~ magic shifts the images. But Kadmeion’s familiar is also an accommodating pup, so he will sit still for a few seconds. The Go Fer dog’s boy stage is even more difficult for a picture. His name is Furgo when he’s a boy. Kadmeion’s Inverse Magic must be strong so the weredog can hold his boy shape. The magic surrounding Furgo clouds the film. Digital photography doesn’t work at all in the Clockpunk Wizard world.

Go Fer Dog looks something like this

About Cyanthropes

Weredogs are rare in the Clockpunk Wizard world. Either the human or the dog must have special latent magic, and circumstances must change this magic into its dual nature. I won’t go into Furgo’s story here since Forever Boy has the details. It was a near thing with the Go Fer dog. He almost didn’t make it.

I hear that refreshments are ready for us in the galley. Follow me.