Continuing on from part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 with our visit into the past of Nimmeria here is another updated gearsmen guarding Xoud’s lab at the Technic League Compound. This is a range attacker/annoyance model. After two of these dropped their vile conflagration nanite bombs on top of the party at the same time they took them seriously and started focus firing on them whenever they met one. A combination of the original repair bot and the flameskull.
SERVO-SKULL, GUARDIAN-SKULL VARIANT
Small Construct (robot), neutral
Armour Class 14 (reinforced skymetal body)
Hit Points 40
Speed 0 ft., fly (hover) 30 ft.
Str 1 (-5) Dex 17 (+3) Con 14 (+2)
Int 16 (+3) Wis 10 (+0) Cha 1 (-4)
Skills Cybertheurgy +5, Perception +2
Damage Resistances bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons that aren’t skymetal.
Damage Immunities necrotic, poison, and psychic
Damage Vulnerabilities lightning
Condition Immunities charmed, frightened, paralysed, petrified, and poisoned
Senses Darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 12
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)
Gift of the Machine God. As a creature of technology, a guardian-skull gains many damage and condition resistances and immunities but it is also susceptible to lightning attacks.
Illumination. The guardian-skull sheds either dim light in a 15-foot radius or bright light in a 15-foot radius and dim light for an additional 15 feet. It can switch between the options as an action.
Magic Resistance. The guardian-skull as a technological creature has an intrinsic resistance to magic gaining advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
Mechanical Fury. While the guardian-skull is bloodied, it deals an extra 1d8 damage with its attacks.
Versatile. If the guardian-skull doesn’t move it may forego its Move action and gain two reactions instead. This ability is active whenever the guardian-skull whenever it does not move.
Multiattack. The guardian-skull uses integrated laspistol twice.
Integrated Laspistol. Ranged Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, range 30 ft., one target.
Hit: 10 (3d6) radiant damage.
Vile Conflagration (1/day). The guardian-skull detonates a nanite grenade in a 20-foot-radius sphere at a point of its choosing within line-of-sight. Each creature in a 20-foot-radius sphere cantered on that point must make a Dexterity saving throw. A target takes 4d6 fire and 4d6 necrotic damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The fire spreads around corners. It ignites flammable objects in the area that aren’t being worn or carried. The guardian-skull can exclude two allies from the effect.
Defensive Systems (2/day). When hit the guardian-skull may activate a temporary force field (as the shield spell) or an optical displacement system (as the spell blur).
Designed with a somewhat reinforced structure and fitted with a single efficient weapon system and targeting selection programs, Guardian-skulls (also known as Gun-skulls and Combat-skulls depending on their armament) are uncommon but prestigious and effective bodyguard devices. Their small size, tireless vigilance, and ability to hover in the shadows silently make them surprisingly discreet and effective servants.
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