For one of my pivotal point in an upcoming adventure, I would like to know your opinion on that matter.
Since some player of mine may read this threat without knowing it was mine, I need to use examples similar to what I intend, and not exactly what I intend, so please take no offense if the example seems odd or wrong. I'm trying my best to provide adequate informations without spoiling.
Imagine you have a faerie who you guess, because you are smart and a really long-term planner, in some distant times (let's speak in centuries) may become the tool an enemy will use against you.
That faerie is so powerful that you consider making it your familiar, which is possible because of Merinita faerie magic ability.
You want your future enemies to think they were smart enough to figure your weak point.
Unless that you designed that weak point on purpose because when an opponent strikes when you expect, it does no damage.
You also need to hide your plot under guile, lies, appearances, and decades of little details.
But in truth, your weak point will be your strong point, because you intend in a really faerie (faerical? fae?) way that in the last moment, when your future opponent for whom you have dressed all those threads and prepared your whole life, discloses his move, in his grandest and final strike against you, when you will kneel in that ultimate moment when he will strikes, the faerie who would have betrayed you wil then reveal that it was, from the very beginning, your true friend, your sole and only truthful ally and that the whole thing was an act. And then, you watch your opponent's heart taken from his chest by the faerie it trusted.
Now... while I perfectly have the RP scenes pictured, and the "guile aspect" already running, I need the mechanical things.
First, if the faerie was a familiar, it would never be believed when rumor would say the faerie-familiar hates your gut and would like to kill you if it had a chance. Magi and their enemies would know so much, or for enemies, at least those enemies who are worth the time of such a really long term planner magus.
So you need to create a smoke screen, and use the "Faerie chains oft he familiar slave" which is a thing merinita magi can do to force a faerie to become their familiar; it has flaws, but the main thing is that it makes credible the fact that your faerie may hate you.
Second, you would need to conceal the truth, using the properties of the magic resistance shared by familiar cord (that is, learn all InMe spell you can think of, master them in RM, and let your familiar enjoy massive resistance*).
Third, you know that your enemies will make contact with your faerie because they learn it hates you but you are supposed, and renowned, for playing with it like a kid with a puppy : the kid knows the puppy can bite, but he plays with it anyway because it's fun.
Fourth, you suspect they will use a PeVi ritual to cut the bond, but the "UNTIL" duration prevents magical dispelling (it's a special property of that duration).
Fifth, that future big enemy may not be entirely hermetic, so maybe they COULD succeed at dispelling the temporary bond. And you really don't know what would happen if that was the case: would the faerie hatred remain or not? as an expert in faerie lore, you expect it goes both way depending on the "story" the faerie will immediatly plays in at the moment it is released. So you need to have a backup plan.
Alternatively, fifth: you designed the until condition to be "hardly but possibly" answered, to give your enemy another layer of entrapment: in that configuration, you prepared the fact that the backup plan would be the true and solid plan.
Sixth, what's the backup plan.
I have thought about 2:
- under the faerie temporary bond, you create a true bond of familiar and use the rumors and guile to ensure NOBODY knows it. Even if it means killing some people, magi or others with wizard's war for (fake) other reasons (or no reason at all, taking along the way a reputation for dangerous and perhaps even MAD magus).
- you cast a secondary familiar bond, with the until condition, but use a third ritual to delay the second one, with the condition of having the first dispelled. (In other words, a watching spell ritual with the condition "first spell is no more active". If required, you can even cast an InVi spell with recurring parameter to ensure the legitimacy of such trigger in the watching spell ritual.) The condition of the until duration in that second temporary familiar bond may even be "when the heart of the one who made me kneel will be in your hand". Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy.
For option 1 and 2, seventh, you need to put "masking information" effects in the first (ritual) bond, just to avoid a single InVi or comprehend magic or whatever ability to spoil the thing. (It may also protect from InMe see step 2.)
The questions about wether the faerie really hates you or in reality appreciates you, wether the faerie is used by you or is on board of your plan and works together with you, are not answered, maybe because a single ReMe effect in the (true or 2d temporary) bond can make that thing work if needed.
Do you think that's solid? have you any other suggestion on how to proceed?
- I think that is RAW, I have not the chapter under the eye.