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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
Dustar1
Monitor3

Anacite, Monitor

Source Starfinder #34: We’re No Heroes pg. 58

Monitor CR 3

XP 800
N Large construct (technological)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +13

Defense

HP 40
EAC 14; KAC 16
Fort +3; Ref +3; Will +0
Immunities construct immunities
Weaknesses light dependency

Offense

Speed 40 ft, fly 60 ft. (Ex, perfect)
Melee arm slash +9 (1d6+8 S)
Multiattack 4 electric rays +6 (1d4+3 E; critical arc 1d6)
Ranged electric ray +12 (1d4+3 E; critical arc 1d6)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

Statistics

STR +5; DEX +2; CON —; INT +1; WIS +1; CHA +0
Skills Acrobatics +8 (+16 to fly), Intimidate +8, Stealth +13
Languages Common; shortwave 120 ft.
Other Abilities chameleon circuit, unliving

Ecology

Environment any (Aballon)
Organization solitary, pair, or squadron (3–6)

Special Abilities

Chameleon Circuit (Ex) An anacite monitor can fade into the background by assuming the colors around them. When an anacite monitor remains stationary for 1 round, they gain a +10 circumstance bonus to Stealth checks. If they take any action, they lose this bonus until they once again spend 1 round remaining stationary.
Electric Ray (Ex) An anacite monitor can fire electric rays from the pods on the side of their head. These rays have a range increment of 60 feet.
Light Dependency (Ex) An anacite monitor can acquire power from dim or brighter light, and can store power generated in this way. The monitor can operate in darkness for 2 hours. After this time, the monitor gains the sickened condition until they return to an area of dim or brighter light.
Shortwave (Ex) An anacite can communicate wirelessly. This acts as telepathy, but only with other creatures with the shortwave ability or constructs with the technological subtype.

Description

Monitors are one of the many specialized forms of intelligent anacites. They provide unobtrusive security wherever anacites anticipate physical violence but also desire to avoid an overt display of force. It is not unusual for anacite ambassadors to be assigned a pair of monitors as guards, for example, and anacite facilities with a large number of non-anacite visitors or employees—such as the Horse Eye Orbital Plate—are home to many of these silent, nearly-invisible warriors. A single monitor is often given authority over security in a given facility; there, they maintain shortwave communication with nearby anacites, extending the monitor’s surveillance range and ability to observe threats. If necessary, the monitor can even direct nearby anacites to intercept security threats.

An anacite monitor is mantis-like in shape, with two delicate-looking wings, six long legs, and a distinctive triangular head. Although they have the same unusual eye pattern that all anacites share, the monitor is further equipped with rotating pods on the side of their head, each armed with a deadly electric ray. Despite their large size, they are also surprisingly agile, with two powerful forelegs that end in slashing edges. A monitor’s natural armor is burnished red, but through the use of their chameleon circuits, the anacite monitor can adopt any color or hue, making them surprisingly stealthy.