Links to OGC
Technically, the eidolon has their own initiative and is suppose to roll and act on their own. However, to simplify initiative (6 PCs + 1 Eidolon), I'm using the house rule that says the companion uses the master's initiative. I'm okay with this.
My real question concerns skill checks and surprise rounds.
My understanding is that it's a communication process allowing the two to have a mental link. The question is concerning the "give orders at any time" phrase.Eidolons - Link ability wrote: Link (Ex)
A summoner and his eidolon share a mental link allows for communication across any distance (as long as they are on the same plane). This communication is a free action, allowing the summoner to give orders to his eidolon at any time. ...
If a summoner passes the perception skill check and the eidolon fails the skill check, does only the summoner get to act in the surprise round? I'm thinking that the summoner could think/communicate "attack this monster" but the eidolon is either positioned incorrectly, looking other way, or thinking about something else and can't immediately act. My belief is that "giving orders" and "acting on orders" are two separate things.
I think Eidolons are similar to animal companions, but they are much more like NPC companions. They have their own skills, init, feats, saves, etc. It's a really interesting class feature and I hope to get a chance to play one soon
Anyone have any thoughts on this?