Source: Alien Archive
CR: .25 XP: 200
N Small construct (technological)
Init.: +3 Senses: darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision Perception: +4
EAC: 10 KAC: 12
Fort: +0 Ref: +0 Will: -2
Speed: 40 ft., fly 40 ft. (Ex, average)
Melee: bite +4 (1d6+2 P)
Ranged: laser ray +7 (1d4 F; critical burn 1d4)
Offensive Abilities: trill
Str: +2 Dex: +3 Con: - Wis: +1 Int: -5 Cha: -2
Skills: Athletics +9 (+17 when climbing), Stealth +4
Languages: Common (can’t speak); shortwave 100 ft.
Environment: any (Aballon)
Organization: solitary or flock (2–6)
Shortwave (Ex) See Anacite Laborer
Sunlight Dependency (Ex) See Anacite Laborer
Trill (Ex) An anacite wingbot can create a shrill trilling noise as a standard action. Any creature within 30 feet, other than anacite wingbots, must succeed at a DC 9 Fortitude saving throw or be sickened for 1d3 rounds. Whether successful or not, a creature can’t be affected by the same anacite wingbot’s trill for 24 hours
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. Dragonfly- like 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.