Possible Risus Setting

This is a Setting for Risus I got from the Internet that we could use.

Something Familiar
animalistic magical helpers

This detailed magic supplement was designed by Larry Bullock for use with Risus: The Anything RPG which is freely provided by S. John Ross at the Risus: The Anything RPG site.

Genre: Fantasy (can work with any)
Tone: humorous
Campaign Options: Hooks and Tales, Pumping Clichés, Double Pumps, Lucky Shots/Questing Dice
Points/Dice: 10 Dice
Description: Tied to a spellcaster by means you don’t really understand, you play out the role of the spellcaster’s familiar – their assistant, magical lookout, confidant, friend. If only you could get him to understand you.

The World
Welcome to the world of the magical flunky – a spellcaster’s familiar. It might be helpful to look over all of the implications of the word familiar:

n.A close friend or associate.An attendant spirit, often taking animal form.One who performs domestic service in the household of a high official.A person who frequents a place. Dictionary.com

In this game, you will be playing the a role that takes into account all of these aspects of the term familiar. You will be playing an extraordinary creature that has formed a bond with a spellcaster. You will be acting as the spellcaster’s servant, friend, and companion. You will be the spellcaster’s eyes and ears in the world. You will be the spellcaster’s last line of defense against foes (both magical and mundane). It is your job to keep your spellcaster out of trouble.

Clichés are a bit different for familiars. Let’s face it, you are usually considered a lesser creature (compared to your spellcaster and his ilk). As a familiar has to interact with the world in many ways for the spellcaster, most spellcasters will choose a creature that will not draw undue attention to itself (animals like cats, dogs, crows, etc. are quite common). That being said, there is nothing to stop you from being something a little more rare (a magically animated creature like a puppet, etc.), just keep in mind that it will help to draw unwanted attention (and danger) to your spellcaster. Whatever creature or construct you are should be considered your primary cliché.

Sample critters

Don’t consider this list to be the exhaustive resource. Consult an animal reference guide for that. Also be aware that your choice of animal greatly impacts how well you can get by in the normal world – a Zebra will stick out quite a bit in most worlds and doesn’t even start with how obvious a magical creature would be). Most spellcasters like to stick with creatures that are fairly common in the area for a few reasons – including availability and inconspicuousness.Dog, Cat, Rat, Pig, Chicken/Rooster, Monkey, Parrot, Crow, Horse, Cow, Wolf, Coyote, Lion, Tiger, Bear, etc.

However, in this game, you are more than a one-eyed black and orange striped alley cat much too tough for it’s own good (4). You are extraordinary. You might be extraordinary through natural affinities, or through magical enchantment (sometimes even both). In order to simulate your extraordinary natural affinities, this game uses Lucky Shots (for genral activities), and Questing Dice for activities that are specifically related to your nature as a familiar (usually tied directly to your spellcaster).

Lucky Shots and Questing Dice are advanced options detailed in the Risus Companion (not required for play). The gist of Lucky Shots is that for every cliché die you give up, you are given 3 Lucky Shots – dice that can be added to any cliché roll at any time. Questing Dice are pretty much the same thing, but you get 5 Questing Dice for every cliché die you give up. Questing Dice must be tied to some specific personal aspect of your character. Both Lucky Shots and Questing Dice are a use once/adventure type of thing (just check them off your list as you use them up, they won’t be refreshed until the next adventure).

It is possible that your spellcaster has magically enchanted you – granting you special abilities. In game terms, you take Magically Enchanted (ability) as a double-pumped cliché (magic isn’t cheap, but it can be powerful). This ability is usually something that you are not capable of doing as part of your regular animal nature. This can range from the useful (speaking), to the truly powerful (ability to create magical effects, even attacks) depending on the tone that the GM wishes for the game.

Another option is to take Magical Assistant as a cliché (double pump required). This really endears the familiar to his spellcaster – it allows the familiar to team up with a spellcaster. At the GM’s discretion, it can also allow the casting of minor magics.

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