Rats are often kept as companion familiars in the Rendi, Eala kingdoms, and are commonly used mascots for general stores. Their intelligence and ease of training also makes them popular first-time familiars for children.
Rats are one of the pickiest familiars; they only willingly bond with those they deem completely worthy, and even then their bonds are not always very strong. Those who have bonded completely with rat familiars are usually kind people who put others before themselves and work for the good of their communities.
Though they are common familiars in some places, they are not common among kurloke, Heck’nerians, or those from the Foxen Empire. These places prefer them as a food source.
They are associated with giving and warmth, and most rat-owners very obviously present these traits.