We have discussed the calling and uses of familiars — both corporeal and incorporeal — before, but there is another kind of familiar that bridges the gap between the two forms. This is the ancient magical talisman known as the alraun.
The alraun is a root that has formed in a roughly human shape. The root may grow this way naturally, or may be carved to resemble a human figure. The alraun is traditionally a mandrake root, as these have the unique habit of growing in a vaguely humanoid shape. Any root may be used, however, as it is the virtue of the cthonic properties of the root that provide the necessary magical energies. Ash and briony are popular choices.