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Animated Armor

Source Alien Archive 3 pg. 6
Spellcasters and engineers have developed techniques to animate suits of armor indefinitely, instilling sentience—or even sapience—into these defensive tools.

Spellcasters animate armor through various supernatural approaches, including some akin to techniques used for making magic items. Infamously, Hellknight mages cover the inside of the armor with an infernal contract, infusing the creation with a minor devilish being forced into submission. Such armors serve as decorative sentinels in Hellknight facilities or disposable shock troops on the battlefield. The Knights of Golarion and Xenowardens use similar means to infuse armor with quiescent fragments of angelic will, elementals, or nature spirits. Eoxian technomancers instead instill armor with rudimentary unlife, sometimes using the remains of undead too damaged to operate without the artificial casing armor provides.

More technologically minded factions have similarly diverse approaches to creating animated armor. Technicians at the Qabarat University of Psychic and Technological Excellence have built on the psychically charged circuits of lashunta mind mail to create a sort of hybrid robot. These suits of mind mail combine artificial intelligence with psychic potential to become animated. Other groups, such as the Android Abolitionist Front, have a fondness for animated and sapient armor. Perceptionist members of the Front claim such armors, among other advanced artificial intelligences, must be protected as created people. One such Perceptionist, a zealot named 8-Karat, has begun liberating these constructs, using violence if necessary.

On Akiton, VitariTech Industries engages in unmonitored research into animated armor. The company recently claimed a long-abandoned shrine to Triune, using heavy security forces to keep interlopers out. Rumors indicate the corporation is using what it found within the site to build advanced constructs, including robot-like troops of animated heavy armor led by suits of powered armor. Devotees of various factions faithful to the All-Code want to know what VitariTech is up to within this holy place, as do members of the Perceptionists and the Augmented.

Aliens in the "Animated Armor" Family

Animated Lashunta Mind Mail III16
Animated Lictor Hellknight Plate5

Animated Armor, Animated Lashunta Mind Mail III

Source Alien Archive 3 pg. 6

Animated Lashunta Mind Mail III CR 16

XP 76,800
N Medium construct (magical, technological; armor)
Init +10; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +28


HP 300
EAC 30; KAC 32
Fort +16; Ref +16; Will +12
Defensive Abilities integrated weapons; Immunities construct immunities; Resistances cold 15, fire 15


Speed 30 ft.
Melee slam +28 (6d10+23 B) or integrated returning tenor singing disk +31 (7d6+23 So; critical confuse [DC 22])
Ranged integrated returning tenor singing disk +31 (7d16+16 So; critical confuse [DC 22])


STR +7; DEX +10; CON —; INT +5; WIS +0; CHA +0
Skills Acrobatics +33, Athletics +28, Mysticism +28
Languages Castrovelian, Common
Other Abilities comm, unliving
Gear 2 returning tenor singing disks, mk 3 thermal capacitor, mk 1 spell reflector, red force field


Environment any
Organization solitary or pair

Special Abilities

Comm (Ex) Animated lashunta mind mail III can receive wireless communications (and thus commands from its allies and creator) at planetary range.

Extra Content

The following extra content was found for this creature:
- Animated Armor (Other) Graft Template