Help Index :: Magic :: Familiars

Familiars are magical pets which are available only to mages. Through
the use of the spell
Find Familiar, a wizard magically bonds himself
with a creature in a symbiotic relationship. A mage may only have one
familiar per level.

While generally not very strong fighters, familiars offer other
advantages to their masters. Through the use of the
switch command,
a mage may 'see' Through the eyes of his or her familiar. [In playing
terms, you can operate the familiar, moving about and such as if you
actually were the familiar.] This can make familiars excellent scouts, or
guards for a wounded mage, and some familiars have special abilities or
resistances. See also the
Pet command on naming your familiar, and
Pet Assist for information on whether or not you wish your
familiar to assist you in battle.