Weekly Beasties- Automaton

Weekly Beastie

AutomotonI’ve had a hankering do something sci-fi for awhile now and I finally decided to take the plunge. The Automaton is the result.

A cybernetic shock trooper, the Automaton is one of the last remaining artifacts of a now dead alien civilization from another dimension. Crossing into the fantasy world of D&D, it has a distinct advantage over any foe equipped with non-magical weaponry.

I have something bigger and better planned that I’ll be tying into the Automaton soon, so stay tuned!

Medium, construct, unaligned

Armor Class 18 natural armor

Hit Points 52 (8d8 + 16)

Speed 40 ft.

STR 16 (+3) DEX 14 (+2) CON 14 (+2) INT 8 (-1) WIS 14 (+2) CHA 6 (-2)

Damage Resistances All non-magical attacks.

Damage Immunities poison, psychic

Condition Immunities blinded, charmed, deafened, exhausted, frightened, paralyzed, poison

Senses blindsight 100 ft., passive Perception 12

Languages All languages programmed by creator

Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Machine Mark. If the Automaton attacks the same target twice in a row, its CPU places a digital marker on them that makes it easier to predict their movement for future attacks. The Automaton gains Advantage on all future attack rolls until it switches to another target or the marked target is defeated.

Shunt Power. Once per round, as an action, the Automaton can transfer power from one of its systems to make another system stronger. The GM can use this to drain points from one stat to power up another, at the cost of one half. I.e. the Automaton can drain 4 points from its Strength stat to add 2 points to its Dexterity.

These stats are temporary and only last until the end of the next round, after which its stats will return to normal.

Machine Sword. Melee Weapon Attack. +3 to hit, reach 5ft., one creature. Hit (1d12+3) slashing damage

Laser Pistol. Ranged Weapon Attack. +2 to hit, reach 40/120 ft., one creature. Hit: (3d6+2) radiant damage. Ammunition: 30.

The Automatons were originally the shock troops of an ancient space-faring race. Built in the construction facilities of gigantic, automated battleships, Automatons served as front line soldiers whenever this now extinct species had to defend itself or felt the need to expand its interstellar territory. While little is known about this mysterious race, vague clues gleaned from the rare interactions people have had (and survived) with their technology suggest that these mechanical creatures eventually malfunctioned, turned on, and destroyed their masters.





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