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Anacite

Source Alien Archive pg. 10
Anacites are native to Aballon, the Pact World closest to the sun. A race of machines left behind by eons-departed masters, these constructs developed the capacity for evolution and self-improvement, creating an entire mechanical ecosystem.

The most common design for anacites is a basic arthropodan form of silvery metal, with multiple legs for efficient travel and claws or manipulators for accomplishing their assigned tasks. Depending on their role, however, an anacite might be anything from a bulldozer-sized mining specialist to a floating electronic brain designed for advanced problem-solving, and even those anacites who fit the stereotypical metal-insect design usually have a modification or two, and almost all anacites can reconfigure parts of themselves to adapt to their circumstances.

In the uncounted millennia since the departure of the so-called “First Ones,” anacites have not been idle. The two primary factions of anacites, Those Who Wait and Those Who Become, have very different ideas of their purpose in life, yet the two are more alike than different. While they variously wait for the First Ones to return or work toward taking on their progenitors’ mantle, anacites endlessly strive to acquire wealth and influence in preparation for their great goal’s fulfillment.

While “anacite” officially refers only to the sentient varieties of Aballonian machines—those capable of learning and participating in Aballonian society—many offworlders use it as a catchall term for the world’s mechanical life. Dragonflylike wingbots are an example of Aballonian technobiology. These artificial creatures lack basic sentience yet nevertheless reproduce and fill one of the planet’s ecological niches. These 4-foot-long machines whir from ridge to ridge on wings glittering with solar panels, feeding on the blazing light of the sun. Wingbots can be territorial, and they occasionally attack offworlders or other anacites.

Aliens in the "Anacite" Family

NameCR
Anacite Ambassador6
Anacite Laborer7
Anacite Predator Drone10
Anacite Wingbot1/2

Anacite, Anacite Laborer

Source Alien Archive pg. 10

Anacite Laborer CR 7

XP 3,200
LN Medium construct (technological)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +19

Defense

HP 100
EAC 19; KAC 20
Fort +4; Ref +4; Will +8
Immunities construct immunities
Weaknesses sunlight dependency

Offense

Speed 40 ft.
Melee plasma cutter +16 (1d8+12 F)
Ranged electrical burst +14 (1d8+7 E)

Statistics

STR +5; DEX +2; CON —; INT +4; WIS +0; CHA +0
Skills Computers +19, Engineering +19, Piloting +14, Stealth +14
Languages Common; shortwave 100 ft.
Other Abilities reconfigure, unliving

Ecology

Environment any (Aballon)
Organization solitary, pair, or crew (3-8)

Special Abilities

Reconfigure (Ex) Anacite laborers are capable of adapting and improving their designs. An anacite laborer has a number of built-in abilities equal to its CR divided by 3 (minimum 1), chosen from the list below. An anacite laborer can change these abilities by spending 1 uninterrupted hour for each ability it wants to change. The anacite laborer must also have access to an appropriate workspace for the duration. An ability can be gained only once unless stated otherwise. In addition, modifications other than those listed here might exist.
  • Advanced treads that increase its base speed to 60 feet.
  • A sensor that grants blindsight (vibration) 120 feet.
  • Elongated arms that extend its reach by 5 feet.
  • A modified chassis that grants a burrow, climb, or swim speed equal to its base speed. This ability can be taken multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time it is taken, it applies to a new movement type.
  • Reinforced systems granting resistance 10 against a single energy type (acid, cold, electricity, fire, or sonic). This ability can be taken multiple times. Its effects do not stack. Each time it is taken, it applies to a new energy type.
  • Specialized plating that increases its AC by 2.
Shortwave (Ex) An anacite can communicate wirelessly. This acts as telepathy, but only with other creatures with this ability or constructs with the technological subtype.

Sunlight Dependency (Ex) Anacites are solar-powered constructs, although they can function at reduced capacity away from light. In areas of darkness, they gain the sickened condition.