Strip 464 - "Animal Companions part 1"

23rd Mar 2017, 12:00 AM in Cave of No Return
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Haegan2005 23rd Mar 2017, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Haegan2005
(unhelpful comment ho!)

Dartboard choices!
Malroth 23rd Mar 2017, 4:19 AM edit delete reply
Malroth
Animal companions as scouts isn't their biggest forte. Unlike Familiars who have heightened Intelligence and an innate understanding of their masters wants and Needs, the Animal companion is just a stronger, better armored version of the base creature. A hawk sent on a scouting mission would likely give you a report of every squirrel rabbit and prarie dog it found but probably wouldn't even mention the orc army camped there.
Arillius 23rd Mar 2017, 4:28 AM edit delete reply


Boon Companion and a 3 int score would actually say otherwise. Then they become better armored versions of the base creature with the ability to understand complex commands and the ability to scout and count.

Though they'll probably be crap at counting.
Inbetweenbooks 24th Mar 2017, 11:47 AM edit delete reply


int 3 is still todler/mentally challenged level of int. you would be mad to trust it's scouting to much.

as Malroth said, it's likely to tell you ALL about the fluffy squirrel, and then another squirrel came, and...

and that is provided that you can actually speak with the beast. for a druid, this is fine, but a ranger can't unless he uses a spell for it. and int 3 and no education means it is extremely unlikely to know how to write common...

sure, it knows complex commands, but just about as much as a really well trained dog can. and that is actually a lot, so you will have no problem ordering it to open the door, go to the fridge, get you a beer, and then close the door. trained dogs can be amazing
Rastaba 23rd Mar 2017, 9:35 AM edit delete reply
Rastaba
Meanwhile the wolf/dog would just be "SQUIRREL!"
Otaku 23rd Mar 2017, 12:00 PM edit delete reply
Otaku
...this is an excuse to add a cat to the strip. I think that makes the choice obvious. ;)
Inbetweenbooks 24th Mar 2017, 11:53 AM edit delete reply


dinosaur. i know that they ain't always the best animal companions, but they are freaking dinosaurs. get the right one, and you can ride it.

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