I am not DM, just a player. In our party of newbies we have a (PHB) ranger who just recently got her beast companion (a panther if you’re curious). The problem is our party also found a cat with wings – a tressym – and it was taken in by our bard. (Technically, it is part of a quest and meant to be returned to its rightful owner, but I doubt our party will actually do that.) The DM didn’t really give her control over it; the bard just said something like, “I take the cat and put it in my backpack,” and so now I guess it’s hers.
After the session, the ranger confided in me that she didn’t feel very special about having her own animal if other people are going to get them too. Now we’re only level 4 and she only had her panther for 1 session that had 2 very quick fights so there hasn’t been a lot of time to experiment and play with the panther. I know it will get more powerful and just better as time goes on but I’m wondering how I can convince her.
I guess I should mention that the ranger in question is also my wife so I really don’t want her to feel sad about her panther.
How can I help our ranger feel special about her beast companion?