*slightly modified old school home-brew version*
Race: Lizard (Plumed Basilisk)
Occupation: Dujek's Familiar
HP: 8 (packs a lotta hp in that seven inch frame!)
AC: 7 (fast bugger!)
Abilities: none that special. It can bite for 1 point of damage if it "strikes". Limited, rudimentary telepathy (with Dujek only). It gets 2 hp's for every level you gain.
Abilities granted you:
--+1 to hide check
--+1 to AC.
--'Swimming' skill added to your puny stable of skills
--You can run on/across small bodies of water. This is not exactly like "walk on water". You have to move fast, skimming the surface. It lasts 10-15 seconds a pop. Usable once per day.
--You cast spells as a mage one level higher than you are, for purposes of range, effect, distances, etc.
you get one permanent hit point. (only once..initially)
--Once you achieve third level, you can cast "touch-attack" spells via your lizard!
--*Danger* if it dies, you automatically lose 4 hp's. At this level, (you had 3, now you have 4), that would mean you die. At second level, if it dies, you lose 6 hp's. 3rd? 8..and so on. You would obviously lose all other benefits, and furthermore, The Lizard King would be unhappy with you.
--He dislikes the cold. He enjoys being warm. He likes snacking on fruit. Keep him happy. Good luck!