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Metallic Artisan

FREQUENCY: Very rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 4
MOVE: 9″
HIT DICE: 3
% IN LAIR: 33%
TREASURE TYPE: Nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 2-6 or by weapon +2
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Nil
MAGIC RESISTANCE: See below
INTELLIGENCE: Semi-
ALIGNMENT: Neutral
SIZE: M (6-7′ tall)
PSIONIC ABILITY: Nil
Attack/Defense Modes: Nil

Metallic artisans are humanoid machines constructed in various forms; human, orc, and lizard man designs seem to be the most commonly encountered. They are programmed to build traps and do so at the rate of one per day within a day’s journey from their lair. These traps are 20% harder to detect and 50% harder to remove than standard traps due to the precision of their construction. Damage-dealing traps deliver an extra 2 points of damage for the same reason.

Any creatures killed by a metallic artisan’s trap are rebuilt using mechanical pieces and parts and placed in the metallic artisan’s lair. These eerie trophies are not functional and any treasure indicated in the lair belonged to them.

Mechanical artisans cannot be communicated with by any means known and their origin is a complete mystery.

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