Sorry if I wasn't clear on this, Susie. I didn't mean that you could "send Lig out first" to attack the Rift Hounds. You won't be able to do this. I meant that, if you have Empower Golem (or one of Lig's other buff spells, such as Enlarge or Shroud), you might want to cast this on him, as well, before you take an elevator to the next level, as it would help him to fight WITH you when you get into the next battle. I don't bother with this, and I've never had a Familiar die on me in this part of the game (YOUR protective spells are the important ones here), but, if you do it, cast his spell first, so that it runs out before yours do. And be sure to watch the credits at the end of the game. There's a little more to it, but I won't give it away, except to say it's the best ending of any game I've ever played, and you'll love it. Let us know when you've beaten it, so I can congratulate you, OK? You'll deserve it.