d20 Future: CODEX GALACTICA
Type of Robotics: Crude Artificial Intelligence
Progress Level: 8
An alien probe is a PL8 construct with a crude but effective artificial intelligence that is used as a scientific and even combat support by very advanced races. They can move fast, record what they are seen and report back. Explorers can use it to go to dangerous places were they can’t enter. Scientist use it to catch specimens when doing experiments. In addition to The Fraals using the Alien Probes, there are other races that have the technology to use them like the Gardhyi and the N’sss but other races of PL8 could be using them. The Alien Probe can have different shapes and colors but is usually floating invisible near his master until called to action.
Actinic Light (Sp): As an attack action, an alien probe can produce an extremely bright, blue-white light in a 60-foot cone. This light is not so much an attack form as a side effect of the means by which the creature gathers data. Nevertheless, exposure to the effect can cause mild discomfort or even harm to carbon-based life forms. Each creature within the area of the light takes 1d4 points of fire damage and is nauseated for 1d4 rounds; a successful Reflex save (DC 10 + 1/2 the alien probe’s Hit Dice + its Charisma modifier) halves the damage and negates the nauseating effect. A creature that fails the saving throw by 5 or more is also paralyzed until removed from the area. A creature that fails the save by 10 or more experiences such severe swelling of the flesh that it is blinded as well as paralyzed. The paralysis and blindness last for 2d4 days, or until the victim receives medical attention (Treat Injury DC 15).
Construct: An alien probe has the traits and immunities common to constructs.
Invisibility (Su): As a free action, an alien probe can become invisible by shifting its light display to a wavelength beyond other creatures’ ability to perceive. This ability is usable at will, and the effect lasts until dismissed (also a free action).
Psionics (Sp): At will—brain lock, daze, detect psionics, tailor memory, telekinesis. Manifester level 10th; save DC 10 + alien probe’s key ability modifier + power level.
Dimension Door (Sp): As an attack action, an alien probe can psionically transfer itself plus up to 300 pounds of additional material and/or creatures up to 600 feet; creatures can resist with a successful Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the alien probe’s Hit Dice + its Charisma modifier). The probe must be in physical contact with the materials or creatures that it wishes to transfer. This ability is usable at will.
Shock (Ex): With a successful ranged touch attack, an alien probe can deal 2d6 points of electricity damage.
Supersonic Speed (Ex): At will, an alien probe can shift into an accelerated mode of travel that exceeds supersonic speed. Its fly speed changes to 4,000 feet (good). It can maintain this increased speed for up to 6 hours per day, though it need not use the entire duration at once.
Alien Probe: CR 5; Small construct; HD 6d10 + 5; hp 38; Mas —; Init + 9; Spd fly 400 ft. (perfect); Defense 20, touch 20, flat-footed 11 ( + 1 size, + 9 Dex); BAB + 4; Grap + 3; Atk + 14 ranged touch (2d6 electricity, shock); Full Atk + 14 ranged touch (2d6 electricity, shock); FS 5 ft. by 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.; SQ actinic light (DC 14), construct, darkvision 60 ft., dimension door (DC 14), invisibility, psionics, shock, supersonic speed; AL creator; SV Fort + 2, Ref + 11, Will + 5; AP 0; Rep + 0; Str 1, Dex 28, Con —, Int 15, Wis 16, Cha 12.
Skills: Listen + 12, Spot + 12.