Unfamiliar familiars?

Mark A Mandel mam at theworld.com
Sun Feb 23 10:20:03 PST 2003

On Sun, 23 Feb 2003, Andrew Lias wrote:

	[Mark M]
#>I'm not willing to accept Blackwand as a familiar in the witchcraft
#>sense, though there may be some or many similarities.
#I'm not sure why it couldn't be.  It is, after all, sapient and sentient.
#Why couldn't it perform the same functions for Morrolan that Loiosh does for

In general, I'm sure it could, but there are differences:
 - Whatever power is involved here, it's not Eastern witchcraft.
 - Blackwand is not a biologically living creature, and so the "long
life" part of the bargain that V made with L's mother doesn't apply.
 - B presumably has powers of looking after M's life -- as Pathfinder
did for Aliera -- that we have no evidence for ascribing to Loiosh in
his care of and for Vlad.

Our disagreement may be simply that I want to apply a stricter
definition of "familiar" than you do, even if I don't know its exact

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