Dashboard Familiar imbues a dashboard statue with a familiar spirit that assists the spellcaster while driving and protects the caster and their vehicle. The focus for the spell is any figure that can be affixed to the car's dash. Religous figures and hula dancers are popular focuses, some casters use action figures held in place with strong glue, and of course Elvismancers prefer likenesses of The King. Before casting the spell, the caster must place the figure in the car (without attaching it to the dashboard) and drive for at least 66 miles* while listening to music appropriate for a road trip. Then the caster must throroughly wash the car by hand inside and out. Once the car is clean, the caster places a drop of their own blood on the base of the figure, allowing it to mix with the adhesive that will hold the statue in place. Then they carefully attatch the statue to the dash. Starting when the blood is drawn, the caster must sing a song about roads or cars. When the song is over, the spell is complete. Popular song choices include "Highway Star" by Deep Purple, "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen, and Queen's "I'm In Love With My Car." Singing a song that matches the make or model of the car--like Commander Cody's "Hot Rod Lincoln" or the Beach Boys' "409"--gives the caster a +1 bonus to their spellcasting roll.
*The distance of the first long-distance road trip and the route number of one of America's most famous highways.
- Traffic Gods' Favor: This effect allows the driver to instinctively know the best route to take in order to avoid long lights, slow-moving traffic, and other obstacles. The drive time for all trips is reduced by d20% when this effect is active.
- Zen Navigation: This allows the driver to find the shortest route to any location to which the car has prevously traveled.
- Cop Didn't See It: Law Enforcement officers will take no notice of traffic violations committed by the driver.
- Unstealable: When the driver locks the car, it becomes impervious to all non-magical attempts to break into. Even if the doors are left unlocked, the car will not start for anyone who does not have the caster's permission to drive the vehicle. If someone attempts to tow the car without the caster's blessing, it will remain firmly rooted in place, destroying either the device connecting the two vehicles (chain, tow truck arm, etc.) or the offending vehicle's transmission well before it moves. Finally, the caster will instantly know if anyone attempts to break into or steal the vehicle.
- Dashboard statue
- Drop of the caster's blood
- Car cleaning supplies
- Road trip playlist