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Formian

Formian Worker Formian Warrior Formian Taskmaster
Size/Type: Small Outsider (Lawful, Extraplanar) Medium Outsider (Lawful, Extraplanar) Medium Outsider (Lawful, Extraplanar)
Hit Dice: 1d8+1 (5 hp) 4d8+8 (26 hp) 6d8+12 (39 hp)
Initiative: +2 +3 +7
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares) 40 ft. (8 squares) 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armor Class: 17 (+1 size, +2 Dex, +4 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 15 18 (+3 Dex, +5 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 15 19 (+3 Dex, +6 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 16
Base Attack/Grapple: +1/-2 +4/+7 +6/+10
Attack: Bite +3 melee (1d4+1) Sting +7 melee (2d4+3 plus poison) Sting +10 melee (2d4+4 plus poison)
Full Attack: Bite +3 melee (1d4+1) Sting +7 melee (2d4+3 plus poison) and 2 claws +5 melee (1d6+1) and bite +5 melee (1d4+1) Sting +10 melee (2d4+4 plus poison) and 2 claws +8 melee (1d6+2)
Space/Reach: 5 ft./5 ft. 5 ft./5 ft. 5 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Poison Dominate monster, dominated creature, poison
Special Qualities: Cure serious wounds, hive mind, immunity to poison, petrification, and cold, make whole, resistance to electricity 10, fire 10, and sonic 10 Hive mind, immunity to poison, petrification, and cold, resistance to electricity 10, fire 10, and sonic 10, spell resistance 18 Hive mind, immunity to poison, petrification, and cold, resistance to electricity 10, fire 10, and sonic 10, spell resistance 21, telepathy 100 ft.
Saves: Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +2 Fort +6, Ref +7, Will +5 Fort +7, Ref +8, Will +8
Abilities: Str 13, Dex 14, Con 13, Int 6, Wis 10, Cha 9 Str 17, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 11 Str 18, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 11, Wis 16, Cha 19
Skills: Climb +10, Craft (any one) +5, Hide +6, Listen +4, Search +2, Spot +4 Climb +10, Hide +10, Jump +14, Listen +8, Move Silently +10, (+3 following tracks), Tumble +12 Climb +13, Diplomacy +6, Hide +12, Intimidate +13, Listen +12, Search +7, Spot +8, Survival +1 Move Silently +12, Search +9, Sense Motive +12, Spot +12, Survival +3 (+5 following tracks)
Feats: Skill Focus (Craft [selected skill]) Dodge, Multiattack Dodge, Improved Initiative, Multiattack
Environment: A lawful-aligned plane A lawful-aligned plane A lawful-aligned plane
Organization: Team (2-4) or crew (7-18) Solitary, team (2-4), or troop (6-11) Solitary (1 plus 1 dominated creature) or conscription team (2-4 plus 1 dominated creature per team member)
Challenge Rating: ½ 3 7
Treasure: None None Standard
Alignment: Always lawful neutral Always lawful neutral Always lawful neutral
Advancement: 2-3 HD (Medium) 5-8 HD (Medium); 9-12 HD (Large) 7-9 HD (Medium); 10-12 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment:
Formian Myrmarch Formian Queen
Size/Type: Large Outsider (Lawful, Extraplanar) Large Outsider (Lawful, Extraplanar)
Hit Dice: 12d8+48 (102 hp) 20d8+100 (190 hp)
Initiative: +8 -5
Speed: 50 ft. (10 squares) 0 ft.
Armor Class: 28 (-1 size, +4 Dex, +15 natural), touch 13, flat-footed 24 23 (-1 size, +14 natural), touch 9, flat-footed 23
Base Attack/Grapple: +12/+20 +20/+24
Attack: Sting +15 melee (2d4+4 plus poison) or javelin +15 ranged (1d6+4)
Full Attack: Sting +15 melee (2d4+4 plus poison) and bite +13 melee (2d6+2); or javelin +15/+10 ranged (1d6+4)
Space/Reach: 10 ft./5 ft. 10 ft./5 ft.
Special Attacks: Poison, spell-like abilities Spell-like abilities, spells
Special Qualities: Fast healing 2, hive mind, immunity to poison, petrification, and cold, resistance to electricity 10, fire 10, and sonic 10, spell resistance 25 Fast healing 2, hive mind, immunity to poison, petrification, and cold, resistance to electricity 10, fire 10, and sonic 10, spell resistance 30, telepathy
Saves: Fort +12, Ref +12, Will +11 Fort +19, Ref —, Will +19
Abilities: Str 19, Dex 18, Con 18, Int 16, Wis 16, Cha 17 Str Ø, Dex Ø, Con 20, Int 20, Wis 20, Cha 21
Skills: Climb +19, Concentration +18, Diplomacy +20, Hide +15, Knowledge (any one) +18, Listen +18, Move Silently +19, Search +18, Sense Motive +18, Spot +18, Survival +3 (+5 following tracks) Appraise +28, Bluff +28, Concentration +28, Diplomacy +32, Disguise +5 (+7 acting), Intimidate +30, Knowledge (any three) +28, Listen +30, Sense Motive +28, Spellcraft +28 (+30 scrolls), Spot +30, Use Magic Device +28 (+30 scrolls)
Feats: Dodge, Improved Initiative, Mobility, Multiattack, Spring Attack Alertness, Eschew MaterialsB, Great Fortitude, Improved Counterspell, Iron Will, item creation feat (any one), Maximize Spell, Spell Focus (enchantment)
Environment: A lawful-aligned plane A lawful-aligned plane
Organization: Solitary, team (2-4), or platoon (1 plus 7-18 workers and 6-11 warriors) Hive (1 plus 100-400 workers, 11-40 warriors, 4-7 taskmasters with 1 dominated creature each, and 5-8 myrmarchs)
Challenge Rating: 10 17
Treasure: Standard Double standard
Alignment: Always lawful neutral Always lawful neutral
Advancement: 13-18 HD (Large); 19-24 HD (Huge) 21-30 HD (Huge); 31-40 HD (Gargantuan)
Level Adjustment:

A formian resembles a cross between an ant and a centaur. All formians are covered in a brownish-red carapace; size and appearance differs for each variety.

Combat

Formians are generally aggressive, seeking to subdue all they encounter. If they perceive even the slightest threat to their hive-city or to their queen, they attack immediately and fight to the death. Any formian also attacks immediately if ordered to do so by a superior.

Hive Mind (Ex)

All formians within 50 miles of their queen are in constant communication. If one is aware of a particular danger, they all are. If one in a group is not flat-footed, none of them are. No formian in a group is considered flanked unless all of them are.

Worker

While workers cannot speak, they can convey simple concepts (such as danger) by body movements. Through the hive mind, however, they can communicate just fine—although their intelligence still limits the concepts that they can grasp.

A worker is about 3 feet long and about 2½ feet high at the front. It weighs about 60 pounds. Its hands are suitable only for manual labor.

Combat

Formian workers fight only to defend their hive-cities, using their mandibled bite.

A formian worker’s natural weapons, as well as any weapons it wields, are treated as lawful-aligned for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Cure Serious Wounds (Sp)

Eight workers together can heal a creature’s wounds as though using the cure serious wounds spell (caster level 7th). This is a full-round action for all eight workers.

Make Whole (Sp)

Three workers together can repair an object as though using the make whole spell (caster level 7th). This is a full-round action for all three workers.

Warrior

Warriors communicate through the hive mind to convey battle plans and make reports to their commanders. They cannot speak otherwise.

A warrior is about is about 5 feet long and about 4½ feet high at the front. It weighs about 180 pounds.

Combat

Warriors are wicked combatants, using claws, bite, and a poisonous sting all at once. Through the hive mind, they attack with coordinated and extremely efficient tactics.

A formian warrior’s natural weapons, as well as any weapons it wields, are treated as lawful-aligned for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Poison (Ex)

Injury, Fortitude DC 14, initial and secondary damage 1d6 Str. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Taskmaster

These formians communicate only telepathically and derive sustenance from the mental energies of those they dominate.

A taskmaster is about the same size as a warrior.

Combat

Taskmasters rely on their dominated slaves to fight for them if at all possible. If necessary, though, they can defend themselves with claws and a poison sting.

A formian taskmaster’s natural weapons, as well as any weapons it wields, are treated as lawful-aligned for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Dominate Monster (Su)

A taskmaster can use a dominate monster ability as the spell from a 10th-level caster (Will DC 17 negates), although the subject may be of any kind and may be up to Large size. Creatures that successfully save cannot be affected by the same taskmaster’s dominate monster ability for 24 hours. A single taskmaster can dominate up to four subjects at a time. The save DC is Charisma-based.

Dominated Creature (Ex)

A taskmaster is never encountered alone. One dominated nonformian creature always accompanies it (choose or determine randomly any creature of CR 4).

Poison (Ex)

Injury, Fortitude DC 15, initial and secondary damage 1d6 Str. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Myrmarch

Myrmarchs are the elite of formian society. Much more than those beneath them, these creatures are individuals, with goals, desires, and creative thought.

A myrmarch is about is about 7 feet long and about 5½ feet high at the front. It weighs about 1,500 pounds. Its claws are capable of fine manipulation, like human hands. Each myrmarch wears a bronze helm to signify its position (the more elaborate the helm, the more prestigious the position).

Myrmarchs speak Formian and Common.

Combat

Myrmarchs’ claws are like hands and thus serve no combat purpose.

Myrmarchs occasionally employ javelins for ranged attacks, coated with poison from their own stingers.

They fight intelligently, aiding those under them (if any such are present) and commanding them through the hive mind. If chaotic creatures are present, however, a myrmarch is singleminded in its quest to destroy them.

A formian myrmarch’s natural weapons, as well as any weapons it wields, are treated as lawful-aligned for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.

Poison (Ex)

Injury, Fortitude DC 20, initial and secondary damage 2d6 Dex. The save DC is Constitution-based.

Spell-Like Abilities

At will—charm monster (DC 17), clairaudience/clairvoyance, detect chaos, detect thoughts (DC 15), magic circle against chaos, greater teleport; 1/day—dictum (DC 20), order’s wrath (DC 17). Caster level 12th. The save DCs are Charisma-based.

Queen

The formian queen cannot move. With her telepathic abilities, though, she can send instructions to and get reports from any formian within her range.

She is about 10 feet long, perhaps 4 feet high, and weighs about 3,500 pounds.

The queen speaks Formian and Common, although she can communicate with any creature telepathically.

Combat

The queen does not fight. She has no ability to move. If necessary, a team of workers and myrmarchs (or dominated slaves) haul her enormous bulk to where she needs to go. This sort of occurrence is very rare, however, and most of the time the queen remains within her well-defended chambers.

Despite her utter lack of physical activity, the queen can cast spells and use spell-like abilities to great effect in her own defense as well as the defense of the hive-city.

Spells

The queen casts arcane spells as a 17th-level sorcerer.

Typical Sorcerer Spells Known (6/8/7/7/7/7/6/6/4, base save DC 15 + spell level)

0—acid splash, arcane mark, daze, detect magic, light, mage hand, read magic, resistance, touch of fatigue; 1st—comprehend languages, identify, mage armor, magic missile, shield; 2nd— hypnotic pattern, invisibility, protection from arrows, resist energy, scorching ray; 3rd—dispel magic, heroism, nondetection, slow; 4th— confusion, detect scrying, black tentacles, scrying; 5th—cone of cold, dismissal, teleport, wall of force; 6th—analyze dweomer, geas/quest, repulsion; 7th—summon monster VII, vision, waves of exhaustion; 8th—prismatic wall, temporal stasis.

Spell-Like Abilities

At will—calm emotions (DC 17), charm monster (DC 19), clairaudience/clairvoyance, detect chaos, detect thoughts, dictum (DC 22), divination, hold monster (DC 20), magic circle against chaos, order’s wrath (DC 19), shield of law (DC 23), true seeing. Caster level 17th. The save DCs are Charisma-based.

Telepathy (Su)

The queen can communicate telepathically with any intelligent creature within 50 miles whose presence she is aware of.