An interesting idea has come to mind, following up on my post about familiars:
“At 10th Level (Master Thief), thieves are able to decipher magical writings and utilize scrolls of all sorts, excluding those of clerical, but not druidic, nature.
1st Edition AD&D PHB, pg. 27
With the right scroll, a Master Thief could have a familiar! Given the abilities of the familiars in 1st Edition, they’d be more advantageous to a thief than a magic-user. And if they managed to roll a special familiar? A 10th level chaotic neutral Master Thief with a pseudo-dragon!
How did I never think of this in my Monty Haul days?
And we can extrapolate this even further:
“Tertiary functions of assassins are the same as thieves. They have all the abilities and functions of thieves; but, except for back stabbing, assassins perform thieving at two levels below their assassin level…”
1st Edition AD&D PHB, pg 29
A 12th Level Chief Assassin with an imp for a familiar…