PC as Sorcerers familiar?

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A random comment has sparked a question during a game: can another PC be the sorcerers familiar?

The context for this is a human sorcerer and a hafling scout/ranger. In the game they grew up together and the hafling acts as the sorcerers bodyguard for the most part. Is it possible to link them like a familiar?
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"A familiar is a normal animal that gains new powers and becomes a magical beast when summoned to service by a sorcerer or wizard. It retains the appearance, Hit Dice, base attack bonus, base save bonuses, skills, and feats of the normal animal it once was, but it is treated as a magical beast instead of an animal for the purpose of any effect that depends on its type. Only a normal, unmodified animal may become a familiar. An animal companion cannot also function as a familiar."

I could be wrong, but I don't think halflings count as animals... 

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Also, I just thought of another reason why not... Animal companions cannot become familiars, so it would be a little weird if the "master" of one, eg a halfling ranger, could become one... Lol

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Also, I just thought of another reason why not... Animal companions cannot become familiars, so it would be a little weird if the "master" of one, eg a halfling ranger, could become one... Lol

There is an exception the Animal Companions becoming familiars and that happens by taking the Arcane Heirophant PrC in Races of the Wild (the Druid/arcanist hybred PrC).  Of course this class is combining two class features into one shared creature which is far different from making something that can't be a familiar into a familiar.

If it was possible to turn "another PC into a Sorcerer's familiar" it would probably come from some new PrC and would basically require the PC to be a thrall of another before it could even begin to gain the normal benefits of being a familiar.
 
There's another way to do this of sorts, but I'll let Scion of Coldshard describe it.

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Also, I just thought of another reason why not... Animal companions cannot become familiars, so it would be a little weird if the "master" of one, eg a halfling ranger, could become one... Lol

There is some overlap of the choices for Improved Familiar (and similar feats) with playable races, so maybe if the familiar was something like a pseudodragon or a coure eladrin...

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