Monday, February 3, 2014

Mythic Monster Monday: Leviathan (a ship, a living ship...)

This massive bio-mechanical ship floats through space with a serene grace and singularly unique features.

LEVIATHAN        CR 10/MR 4
XP 9,600
NG Colossal aberration (mythic)
Init -2; Senses blindsight 100 ft., see in darkness; Perception +19
AC20, touch 0, flat-footed 20 (-2 Dex,+20 natural, -8 size)
hp 182 (12d8+128)
Fort +12, Ref +2, Will +10
Defensive Abilities all-around vision, fortification; DR 10/adamantine and epic; Immune cold; Resist electricity 10
Speed 60 ft., fly 200 ft. (clumsy), swim 60 ft.
Melee slam +17 (2d8+24)
Space 30 ft.; Reach 20 ft.
Special Attacks mythic power (4/day, surge +1d8), trample (2d8+24, DC 32)
Str 42, Dex 6, Con 26, Int 13, Wis 15, Cha 7
Base Atk +9; CMB +33; CMD 31 (cannot be tripped)
Feats Alertness, Combat Expertise, Diehard, EnduranceM, RunM, Skill Focus (Fly)
Skills Fly +11, Knowledge (space) +16, Perception +19, Stealth +5, Survival +17
Languages Common (cannot speak), comprehend languages, telepathy 50 ft. (pilot only)
SQ adjustable anatomy, no breath, pilot dependency, starburst
Environment space
Organization solitary
Treasure none
Adjustable Anatomy (Ex)A leviathan may alter the composition and organization of its interior to suit the needs of its crew. It may change up to a single 10 ft. cube per day.
Pilot Dependency (Ex) Leviathans depend on a pilot to operate them. Though the bond between the pilot and the leviathan takes a cycle to form, it lasts for the rest of their lives. Without a pilot to control the leviathan, the leviathan gains the nauseated condition.
Starburst (Su)Once per day, a leviathan may teleport themselves and their passengers and cargo as if using the interplanetary teleport spell. Activating this ability takes 3 consecutive full-round actions and moves the leviathan in a straight line as if using the run action while flying. The movement provokes attacks of opportunity as normal. Creatures and cargo onboard cannot make a save to resist this affect. While using this effect, the leviathan glows brightly.

Leviathans are massive bio-mechanical ships that fly through the galaxy. Each leviathan is unique with its own personality, desires, and even a sense of humor. They form a special bond with their crew, especially their pilot. Pilots are a specific species with the ability to mentally bond with a leviathan; when bonded, the two share senses and feelings.

The leviathan is able to create DRDs, tiny size robots that service the leviathan and its crew. These machines operate independently, but often share sensory information with the Pilot and the ship. The DRDs main function seems to be the health and wellbeing of the leviathan itself, however they can sometimes be utilized by the crew with the leviathan’s consent.

Rather than “build” these organic ships, the ships themselves have a mammalian life-cycle where they gestate their young and give birth. During gestation, they can involuntarily starburst and often become protective, even against their own crew. During these times, DRDs are known to attack crew-mates who get too close to the gestating fetus.

As the leviathan learns and grows, it usually takes levels in the expert class, which helps it navigate and service its crew. Being naturally peaceful, leviathans will generally reject integrating weapons and try to avoid combat whenever possible.

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