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General Info: Familiars are thought to be a part of a person, a physical manifestation of that person's soul. Indeed, ever since humanoids first set foot on Whazzitian soil Familiars have existed.Mysterious and wholly beautiful, explorers and researchers have studied these lovely creatures for years and have come to a solitary conclusion: they cannot be defined. Are they simply a mysterious mist, observing and benevolent? Or are they a true kind of prettyshiny, a species of their own? Whatever the case, they have now come forward to greet their humanoid friends, and to bond with them.
Familiars are unique in that they do not have a visible appearance. They put up a kind of facade — a guise so that we may identify them. They do not need a physical form to exist, but recognize that we cannot relate to them as well without one. Their true appearances, their inner-selves, are only revealed to their bonded and to a mate if they should have one. This true self is usually a feeling, an experience, one that dominates the personality of the critter.
Familiars choose a physical look, one that reflects the personality of their bonded, not their own personality. Their appearances are always limited to animals, sometimes taking a simple look of a dog or something more majestic, depending solely on the person in question. Once a form has been chosen, the Familiar will keep it until their bonded dies, but until they bond they may change appearances at will and do so often. There are restrictions, however, to what these beings can turn into. They are not able to turn into humanoids, plant life, inanimate objects, or other species of shiny; in fact, they cannot turn into anything that is not an animal from Earth. Any animal there however, extant or extinct, is fair game. They also have the property of being able to accompany their bonds anywhere, so that a horse can walk along the floor of the sea or a dolphin can swim through the air. Magic!
As or more intelligent than humans, they know more than they let on, and can mindspeak as well or better than most shinies.
Mating Info: A female will sing a song, a song so low in pitch that no human ear can hear it, but one that no male Familiar will be able to resist. They congregate around her, and once she feels satisfied with the amount of suitors she will take off through the area. These chases are particularly unique, for the female drops her animal disguise and turns back into what she used to be when she was younger, a shape-shifting energized little lass. The males during the passionate pursuit will also be able to shape-shift again. They return to their normal forms once the chase is over. Only the most diverse and creative in shape-shifting will be able to catch her. When she chooses her mate, the two Familiars converge on each other, sharing their inner selves with each other.
Bonding Info: Familiars take bonding extremely seriously. It is a joyous occasion, but the true purpose of the event is never forgotten among the revelry. The mother and father both preside over the little group, and they guard them carefully. Children are extremely precious to Familiars, so paying homage to the parents is wise, but not entirely necessary. While games and offerings are appreciated, Familiars do not need them to bond. Offerings of food are unnecessary, as these spirit creatures do not need to eat. They are very intellectual with their admirers, sometimes asking and talking about deep and meaningful things. The young do not settle for anything less than a perfect match, and will gladly take to the wilderness if they cannot find the "one". Once a match has been found, however, the name of the Familiar will be told to the bonded, as Familiars have their own names at birth. Then, the Familiar will temporarily turn into a smoky cloud, enveloping their bonded and sharing their true self with them. After sharing their true essence, the creature chooses their physical form. Once that is complete, the bond is true and withstanding forever.