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Template Grafts | Universal Monster Rules


Simple Grafts

Simple template grafts are designed to allow a GM to quickly and easily adjust a stat block in minor ways to represent new creatures. Most simple template grafts do little more than add a subtype, adjust one form of movement, and alter how a creature deals or takes damage. They can be used to create versions of creatures appropriate to specific environments or planes of existence. For example, the summon creature spell adds the astral, celestial, or fiendish simple template grafts to summoned creatures that are not already outsiders or extraplanar beings, which represents versions of those creatures native to other planes.

A GM can apply more than one simple template graft where appropriate, but in most cases she should not add more than two or three to a single creature. Even templates that seem opposed can be added to create specific kinds of monsters (a creature that lives in steam vents at the bottom of a boiling ocean might have both the aquatic and fiery simple template grafts, which could otherwise seem an unusual combination). Decide the order in which to apply the simple template grafts, and follow the instructions of each graft in order. A template graft with a CR requirement lists it in parentheses.

Simple template grafts can also be used to populate new worlds whose native flora and fauna haven’t yet been extensively detailed, or to distinguish a specific creature as a unique leader, mutant, or advanced version of common creatures. A GM can also choose to design new simple template grafts similar to these to create even more variety among the denizens of the galaxy.

Synthetic

Source Alien Archive pg. 151
Synthetic creatures are constructed through the use of extremely advanced technology, similar to that which makes androids possible.
Traits: Constructed (see below), synthetic (see below).

Constructed (Ex): For effects targeting creatures by type, synthetic creatures count as both their actual creature type and constructs (whichever type allows an ability to affect them for abilities that affect only one type, and whichever type is worse for abilities that affect both creature types). They receive a +2 racial bonus to saving throws against disease, mind-affecting effects, poison, and sleep, unless those effects specifically target constructs. In addition, synthetic creatures do not breathe or suffer the normal environmental effects of being in a vacuum.

Synthetic (Ex): The creature is affected by any ability that specifies it functions against androids.