Dwarf in the Playground
Re: GiTP Pathfinder Grab Bag Competition V - Semper Fi! Do or Die!
This steel-plated humanoid has four extra arms folded behind its back, with few of them ending in an ordinary hand. It moves as efficiently as possible, as if a wasted motion will hamper it forever.
MYRMATON CR 4
N Medium construct
darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +2
16, touch 10, flat-footed 16 (+6 natural)
construct traits; Resist
farewell to arms
slam +6 (1d4+2)
5 ft.; Reach
Iron Will, Skill Focus (Profession (soldier))
Intimidate +2, Knowledge (engineering) +6, Perception +2, Profession (soldier) +5
Common, Myrran, one other language known by creator
Versatile Army (Ex)
A myrmaton is created with three pairs of arms, each one with a separate role that offers it new abilities and modifies its basic statistics. Only one set of arms can be active at any one time. A creator decides which three roles a myrmaton possesses at the time of its construction; myrmata encountered randomly can have their roles decided by rolling three times on the following table, rerolling any repeated results.
|1d8 || ROLE|
|1 - 2 || Archer|
|3 - 4 || Guardian|
|5 || Mage|
|6 || Mender|
|7 || Worker|
|8 || Commander|
The roles are detailed below. Each description includes any lines of the myrmaton statistics block that are modified when the role is active.
A myrmaton archer has a heavy crossbow at the end of one arm, and a normal hand on the other to load it. While the archer role is active, the myrmaton gains Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Reload (heavy crossbow), and Weapon Focus (heavy crossbow) as bonus feats, as well as a +3 racial bonus to all Reflex saves. In a setting where firearms are widely distributed, the crossbow can be replaced by a double pistol (if only early firearms are available) or a revolver (if advanced firearms are common), changing the chosen weapons for Rapid Reload and Weapon Focus to the specific weapon.
Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +1
Ranged heavy crossbow +5 (1d10/19-20)
Feats Iron Will, Point-Blank Shot, Precise Shot, Rapid Reload (heavy crossbow), Skill Focus (Profession (soldier)), Weapon Focus (heavy crossbow)
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A myrmaton guardian has a sword or axe blade at the end of one arm, while the other ends in a mechanism that projects a circular plane of force. While this role is active, the myrmaton gains a +4 racial bonus to CMD, a +3 racial bonus to all Fortitude saves, and a shield of force that protects against Magic Missile spells and touch attacks. The shield of force can be used to make a shield bash that knocks enemies back, at the expense of its defensive benefits. The myrmaton also replaces its slam attack with its blade arm, which functions as either a bastard sword or a dwarven waraxe, and it gains Weapon Focus in its blade arm as a bonus feat. The myrmaton guardian has no hands, however, so it cannot hold or wield objects.
AC 20, touch 14, flat-footed 20 (+6 natural, +4 shield)
Fort +4, Ref +1, Will +1
Immune construct traits, Magic Missile spells; Resist electricity 10
Melee bastard sword +7 (1d10+2/19-20) OR dwarven waraxe +7 (1d10+2/x3), or shield +6 (1d6+2 force + bull rush)
Base Atk +4; CMB +6; CMD 20
Feats Iron Will, Skill Focus (Profession (soldier)), Weapon Focus (bastard sword OR dwarven waraxe)
SQ effusion of force, versatile army
Effusion of Force (Ex): When used to bash an enemy, damage dealt by a myrmaton guardian's shield is force damage. In addition, an enemy struck by the shield may be pushed back, treating the attack roll as a bull rush check. A guardian that uses a shield bash loses its Magic Missile immunity and shield bonus to AC until the start of its next turn.
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A myrmaton mage has a scepter tipped with a sizable crystal at the end of one arm, and a normal hand on the other. Both arms are engraved with runes and sigils of arcane significance. While this role is active, the myrmaton gains a +8 racial bonus to Spellcraft and Use Magic Device checks, and it can use those skills untrained. It also gains a +3 racial bonus to all Will saves, several spell-like abilities, and the ability to shed magical light that partially disrupts invisibility. The save DCs for a myrmaton mage's spell-like abilities are based on its Intelligence.
Aura unnatural light
Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +4
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 4th; DCs are Int-based)
At will — Burning Hands (DC 13), Detect Magic, Flare (DC 12), Magic Weapon
1/hour — Dispel Magic (CL 6th), Levitate, Resist Energy, Slow (DC 15)
Skills Intimidate +2, Knowledge (engineering) +6, Perception +2, Profession (soldier) +5, Spellcraft +10, Use Magic Device +6; Racial Modifiers +8 Spellcraft, +8 Use Magic Device
Unnatural Light (Su): At will, a myrmaton mage's scepter hand can shed light as a torch. Invisible creatures and objects within the radius of this light (normally 40 ft.) have the air around them shimmer and waver, reducing their benefits from invisibility to those of regular concealment. Activating or deactivating this ability is a free action.
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A myrmaton mender has one normal hand, and the other arm ends in a collection of scalpels, stitching needles, welders, bandage-dispensers, and the like. While this role is active, the myrmaton gains a +10 racial bonus to Heal checks and Craft checks to repair, a +3 racial bonus to all Fortitude saves, and the ability to perform rapid feats of juryrigging and field medicine.
Fort +4, Ref +1, Will +1
Skills Craft (any) +2 (+12 to repair), Heal +8, Intimidate +2, Knowledge (engineering) +6, Perception +2, Profession (soldier) +5; Racial Modifiers +10 Craft to repair, +10 Heal
SQ patch work, versatile army
Patch Work (Ex): As a full-round action, a myrmaton mender can cure a construct or living creature of 2d8 damage, cure 1d4+1 points of ability damage to a physical ability (Str, Dex, or Con), or restore 1 point of ability drain to a physical ability. With 1 minute of work, the mender can reattach a severed body part, restore functionality to a disabled body part (including another myrmaton's set of arms), or duplicate the effects of a Mending spell (CL 7th). The mender must be able to touch the target to use this ability, and it cannot target itself. No creature can benefit from Patch Work more than once per hour.
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A myrmaton worker has two forearms emerging from each elbow, for a total of four usable hands. While this role is active, these extra hands grant the myrmaton a +4 bonus to CMD to resist grapple maneuvers, a +3 racial bonus to all Reflex saves, and a +8 racial bonus to Craft, Disable Device, Sleight of Hand, and Swim checks. The myrmaton also gains a climb speed of 20 ft., adds the grab quality to its slam attack, and can use Disable Device and Sleight of Hand skills untrained.
Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +1
Speed 30 ft., climb 20 ft.
Melee slam +7 (1d4+2 + grab)
Base Atk +4; CMB +6 (+10 grapple); CMD 16 (20 grapple)
Skills Climb +10, Craft (any) +10, Disable Device +8, Intimidate +2, Knowledge (engineering) +6, Perception +2, Profession (soldier) +5, Sleight of Hand +8, Swim +10; Racial Modifiers +8 Climb, +8 Craft, +8 Disable Device, +8 Sleight of Hand, +8 Swim
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A myrmaton commander's arms are littered with lenses and slits that detect sights, sounds, and scents in its surroundings at all times. While this role is active, the myrmaton gains blindsense out to 30 ft., a +3 racial bonus to Will saves, a +4 bonus to Initiative, and a +8 racial bonus to Perception and Sense Motive checks. It also gains abilities that allow it to direct other myrmata in battle.
Init +4; Senses blindsense 30 ft., darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +10
Aura coordinated assault
Fort +1, Ref +1, Will +4
Skills Intimidate +2, Knowledge (engineering) +6, Perception +10, Profession (soldier) +5, Sense Motive +6; Racial Modifiers +8 Perception, +8 Sense Motive
SQ tactical oversight, versatile army
Coordinated Assault (Ex): Allied myrmata within 100 ft. that the commander can see gain a +2 bonus to attack a flanked enemy, an additional +2 bonus to AC when using cover, and increase the bonus they provide with Aid Another actions by +2. These bonuses do not stack with those provided by another creature's Coordinated Assault.
Tactical Oversight (Ex): With a standard action, a commander can give another myrmaton added attention and direction. Until the start of the commander's next turn, the target's actions do not provoke attacks of opportunity. During this time, the target can reroll any one attack roll, saving throw, skill check, ability check, or caster level check.
The myrmaton can change its active role as a full-round action, losing all benefits of the old role and gaining the traits of the new one. A myrmaton cannot change roles while grappled or when its active arms are otherwise restrained. Switching out of the mage or commander role immediately ends any non-instantaneous spell-like ability or use of Tactical Oversight that the role provided.
Farewell to Arms
An opponent can damage a myrmaton's active set of arms with a successful sunder maneuver. Each set of arms has 10 hardness and 5 hitpoints, and both arms are disabled (but not destroyed) once the set reaches 0 hitpoints or less. A myrmaton gains none of the benefits from its active arms' Versatile Army entry while that set is disabled, and cannot grasp or hold objects, but can still switch out the broken arms or flail them to use its base slam attack with a -1 to hit.
squad (3–12), company (30–80), or legion (100–400)
A myrmaton (plural: myrmata) is a near-humanoid soldier crafted from steel, resembling a six-armed suit of heavy armor below the neck. Its face has simple features, with small lenses in its eye-sockets and a slotted plate instead of a full mouth.
A myrmaton army is built on redundancy. Every one is built with three distinct roles that it can handle, each with its own pair of arms that's tailored for the specific task. Simple warriors can break from direct combat to repair the wounded, disrupt an enemy's spell, or guide their allies through the battlefield, as the situation warrants. In battle, myrmata stick together unless a divided force is truly necessary.
Although myrmata are intelligent and can act without orders, they are constructed to find fulfillment in obeying and defending their creator and allies. A myrmaton is never bored when following an order, even if the task involves decades of watch over an uneventful spot. They make poor military advisors, however, because they lack understanding of living creatures' needs and desires, they don't have a strong grasp of the 'big picture' beyond their immediate situation, and all-out war tends to be their first resort.
Myrmata have their own language -- Myrran -- which consists of clicks, buzzing, and short sounds that resemble gibberish to most species. A myrmaton stands 6 feet tall and weighs about 600 pounds.
A myrmaton's body is made from steel plates, rods, joints, and simple mechanisms, worth 500 gp.
Craft Construct, alter self, lesser geas, creator must be caster level 6th, (Guardian role: shield; Mage role: burning hands, detect magic, dispel magic, flare, levitate, magic weapon, resist energy, see invisibility, slow; Mender role: make whole); Skill
Craft (armor) DC 13; Cost