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    Default Alternate Familiars/Lesser Creatures

    I just translated a normally-swarming creature into an individual critter for the purpose of giving it to a PC as a familiar. Thought I'd throw it up here, and throw the thread open for anyone with similar homebrews and houserules.

    Shimmerling
    Size/Type: Fine Fey
    Hit Dice: žd8 (1 hp)
    Initiative: +6
    Speed: 5 ft (1 square), fly 50 ft. (perfect)
    Armor Class: 24 (+8 size, +6 Dex), touch 24, flat-footed 18
    Base Attack/Grapple: +0/-21
    Attack: Bite +2 melee (1d2-5)
    Full Attack: Bite +2 melee (1d2-5)
    Space/Reach: 1/2 ft./0 ft.
    Special Attacks: —
    Special Qualities: Hive mind, low-light vision
    Saves: Fort +2, Ref +6, Will +4
    Abilities: Str 1, Dex 22, Con 11, Int 1, Wis 15, Cha 18
    Skills: Hide +36, Listen +2, Move Silently +6, Spot +2
    Feats: Weapon Finesse
    Environment: Temperate forests
    Organization: Solitary, glimmer (5-20) or dazzle (20-200)
    Challenge Rating: 1/10
    Advancement: —
    Level Adjustment: —

    A naked and glowing elfin creature only 4 inches tall balances on the leaf before you, and as you watch, it spreads dragonfly wings.

    Individual shimmerlings are miniscule and nearly mindless fey that feed on pollen. It looks like a 4-inch tall elf with dragonfly wings. Its skin and hair are the same colour as the glow it gives off, which can be any colour of the rainbow.
    A shimmerling weighs 1 ounce.
    Shimmerlings speak Sylvan.

    Combat
    An individual shimmerling is practically harmless. It is more likely to hide than to attack.
    Hive Mind (Ex): Individual shimmerlings can sometimes mass together into a swarm. When they do so, they form a hive mind, giving them an intelligence score of 7, as well as various other abilities. A group of shimmerlings large enough to obtain this hive mind becomes a shimmerling swarm (MMIII p. 152).

    As a familiar
    Grants its master a +1 bonus to the DC of any "prismatic" spells and those with the [light] descriptor he casts.

    By the way, this incidentally works quite well as a Labyrinth fairy.
    Last edited by Serpentine; 2010-08-25 at 01:39 AM.