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    Hive of the Archer's Bane
    A hive of the archer's bane looks much like a metallic beehive with a small opening in the bottom. It emits a loud droning as if from the beating wings of thousands of insects. If a proper password is spoken, or the hive thrown, an archer's bane swarm is released. They will remain in the same square as the hive unless directed otherwise by the one who released them.

    Faint Abjuration and Transmutation; CL 7th; Craft Construct, haste, protection from arrows; Price 10,000 gp; Weight 20 lbs.

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    Archer's Bane Swarm

    Fine Construct (swarm)
    Hit Dice: 6d10 HD (33 hp)
    Initiative: +15
    Speed: Fly 260 ft. (good) (52 squares)
    Armor Class: 39 (+15 dex, +6 natural, +8 size), touch 33, flat-footed 24
    Base Attack/Grapple: +4/-
    Attack: Swarm (antimissile)
    Full Attack: Swarm (antimissile)
    Space/Reach: 10 ft./0 ft.
    Special Attacks: Antimissile
    Special Qualities: Construct traits, darkvision 60 ft., immunity to weapon damage, swarm traits
    Saves: Fort +2, Ref +17, Will +9
    Abilities: Str 2, Dex 40, Con -, Int -, Wis 25, Cha 1
    Skills: Spot +16
    Feats: -
    Environment: Any land
    Organization: Swarm
    Challenge Rating: 6
    Treasure: None
    Alignment: Always neutral
    Advancement: -
    Level Adjustment: -

    This swarm appears as a great droning cloud appears to consist of metallic bumblebees, every bit wrought with greatest attention to detail. Their segmented legs are quite long however and appear to be made for grasping.

    An archer's bane swarm are fashioned for defense in both the battefield and for personal use. Many a figure worried about assassination from afar goes out surrounded by these creatures which guard him from sniper attacks.

    Combat
    An archer's bane takes no initiative and simply remains where ordered, attacking nothing but projectile weapons.

    Antimissile (Ex): An archer's bane swarm does not deal damage or cause distraction. However, any projectile moving as fast as an arrow that passes through their space are instantly grabbed and pulled to the ground. As such a thrown weapon is not affected, but arrows, bullets and similar would be. Shrapnel, such as from an exploding object, are also nullified. Large projectiles, such as from a catapult, are also unaffected.
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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    That's pretty cool. I take it they completely ignore anyone going through their square?

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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    Quote Originally Posted by Abjurer View Post
    That's pretty cool. I take it they completely ignore anyone going through their square?
    Yup, unless its moving really fast.

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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    Well, if it's moving really fast, it's considered a 'large projectile'.

    I like the concept, though. A swarm with invisibility would be fun.

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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    Quote Originally Posted by Abjurer View Post
    Well, if it's moving really fast, it's considered a 'large projectile'.
    I dunno, a bullet from as gun doesn't have to be that big.

    I like the concept, though. A swarm with invisibility would be fun.
    Been there, done that

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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    I'm saying a person moving really fast wouldn't be stopped by the swarm.

    And I meant one of these swarms. Just cast invisibility on it.
    And put one in each of the castle windows. Then your archers can lean out past the window to fire, but when the invading troops fire, the arrows are stopped just before hitting our guys. ...or something like that.

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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    Does the swarm catch weapons fired FROM its square?

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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    I would assume so, as long as they're moving fast enough.
    If not, though...

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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    Items that are also creatures: victory, in short.

    I'm a little curious as to why thrown weapons are considered too slow?


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    Default Re: [Creature/Item] I can't get a clear shot!

    I think he said any item moving as fast or faster than an arrow. Thrown weapons do not move as fast or faster than an arrow.

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