In the campaign I'm running (and it looks as if it's a successful campaign for once! ) one of the players is playing a rather special character. Well, she's playing a Witch of Thessaly (Ex Miscellanea), with Chotonic Magic, Summoning and Commanding. Reading in Infernal, on Goetic Magic, it says that (on page 124) a Goetic maga can bind a spirit as a familiar, using Summoning and other Goetic Arts. So my question would be, when we're saying "spirit" are we also talking about demons? Can she actually have a demon as familiar?
Well, the Order actually asked the Witches of Thessaly to join them as Ex Miscellanea, knowing their practices. The Witches do have powers that can only be called Infernal. Why did they ask them to join in the first place?
Well, when your familiar reacts negatively to a barrage of DEO, it might get the flambeau suspicious, after all. Our paranoid magi cast that kind of spells "to be sure" quite frequently. It has no effect on creatures of magic, fae or divine, so DEO is quite a target-specific spell, actually. One wonders HOW it was invented in the first place, without test targets... or if there were test targets, what parts of soul did the magus sell... and if DEO is really antidemonic, then...
Too much work on market forecasts today, it sems. I am ranting a BIG time now
Or more likely some clever and somewhat psychopathic magus took advantage of the lunatic paranoia inspired by the rabid Papal oppressors and started firing off spell options at the unfortunate victims of the "she's a minion of Satan" craze en vogue during this epoch of European history.
Psychopatia ex Flambeau: "nope, that one won't do...", "Ooops, sorry Torquemada didn't mean to hit you, I was aiming at the demonspawn cowering in the corner...", "Ahhhh yes, efficiently reduced to nothing, that should suffice, now where is my scribe!?"
Really? Hadn't noticed that. Will have to tell the rest of the troupe, since we are about to embark in spell-tome negotiations, and DEO was a high priority for us just for that reason, since our badass kicker (well, as badass you can be 6 years out of apprenticeship) is a standard pyromaniac.
I don't see why Demons need to have a resistance to fire. Yes, yes, where they come from, it's hot and fiery - and perhaps they have immunity there. But their worldly body need not. IMHO it all depends on the type og demon, a fire-demon would have, but not a devious intrigue-demon. So you can damage - and even destroy - a demon's physical, worldly body, but this won't banish it, will it? Perhaps a minot setback, while it generates a new body. While a banishment (DEO like) will send it's non-corporeal part (not soul, is it? mind perhaps) back to hell. Here it must attone to the Dark Prince, before being granted a new tour of Earth. At least, this is how I remember it described from previous editions.