The votes have been tallied, and our latest Patreon poll has a clear winner. Meet Summoner and his gal pal Eidolon Rouge, the latest residents of Handbook-World. (Better luck next time, Cavalier!)

Shall we talk about the fine art of summoning then? Let’s shall, because everything from Final Fantasy to Magic: The Gathering to Aqua Teen Hunger Force has its take on the trope. There’s something about the Pathfinder flavor of the summoner that tickles my fancy though. And judging from that smug little smirk on Summoner’s face, she tickles his fancy as well.

The concept of the eidolon is an endlessly fascinating one to me. I mean yes, you can monkey with the mechanics for a silly amount of attacks or some truly niche playstyles, but the true beauty of the eidolon is that it can be whatever you want it to be. As per the class description:  “The eidolon’s physical appearance is up to the summoner, but it always appears as some sort of fantastical creature.” Just think about that for a second. That’s a lot of creative power to put in the hands of  a player! It means that Xenomorphs, Freddy Fazbear, and the freaking Kool-Aid Man are all on the table, not to mention creeping on your fellow party members.

“Tut-tut!” says the intrepid GM. “The rules stipulate that your control is not fine enough to make your eidolon appear like a specific creature.”

“Fine then. She’s size Large and pink. Happy?”

So how about it, gang? What is the most interesting eidolon you’ve ever encountered? And if your favorite game happens to lack eidolons, what’s your favorite homebrew critter? Let’s hear it in the comments!

REMINDER: The Handook is in Atlanta!

Both the writer and illustrator of this here Handbook of Heroes are at Dragon Con as we speak (Friday, September 1st to Monday, September 4th)!  We don’t have a booth, but we’ll be either wearing our Handbook of Heroes shirts or doing cosplay on Sat/Sun. If any of you intrepid adventurers manage to track us down, we’ll have some giveaways for you.  We’ll also be doing some tabletop roleplaying in the gaming hall, so that’s a good spot to find us!