07-29-2013, 07:31 PM
"Obviously," Gwen snarled. She held Greymalkin close to her. "A pet is a mere animal. It doesn't understand speech, and is not sentinent in any way. A familiar, however, is sentinent. He or she is a special kind of imp which always manifests in animal shape. He or she helps the witch with their spells, tidies their living space and protects them from harm, if need be."
Greymalkin meowed. Gwen stroked his head, calming down a little from the contact with her beloved familiar. "My familiar is named Greymalkin, and he takes a cat shape. Of course, familiars can be any animal shape, but cats, dogs, hares, owls for example are the most likely, as they are of a size that means they can live comfortably with their witch. Now, do you understand?"