Amphoron of Yothri, Juggernaut

Amphorons of Yothri

The creatures have jointed, metallic shells, clanking limbs, and one glistening, glassy eye.

Clearly, they are not of this world.

Amphoron of Yothri (Juggernaut)

Juggernaut

XP 2,300 ()

N Large

Initiative +0


DEFENSE

AC 17 (natural armor)

hp: 102 (12d10 + 36)

Resistance: Damage from magic spells and spell-like effects

Immunity: Piercing damage from nonmagical weapons; poison damage; charm, fright, paralysis, poison, stun, unconsciousness


OFFENSE

Speed: 40 ft.

Multiattack: The amphoron attacks twice with whirling saw blades and once with its crane.

Melee Attack—Whirling Saw Blades: +7 to hit (reach 5 ft.; one creature). Hit: 2d8 + 4 slashing damage.

Melee Attack—Crane: +3 to hit (reach 15 ft.; one creature). Hit: target is grappled and lifted by the crane to be dropped into the juggernaut’s processing chamber on the juggernaut’s next turn (see Processing, below).


STATISTICS

Str 18 (+4), Dex 10 (+0), Con 16 (+3),

Int 6 (–2), Wis 10 (+0), Cha 6 (–2)

Languages: Common

Senses: Darkvision 60 ft.


TRAITS

Processing: The juggernaut amphoron is equipped with a large, moving crane mounted on its back. In addition to attacking with its whirling saw blades, the juggernaut can pick up one creature per round with its crane and hoist it aloft. On that creature’s turn, it can make aStr (Athletics) or Dex (Acrobatics) check (with tactical disadvantage if the creature is wearing metal armor, because of the magnets in the crane), opposed by the juggernaut’s Str check. If the creature wins the contest, it struggles free from the crane and drops harmlessly to the ground. If the juggernaut wins the contest, then on its next turn, it drops the creature into the processing chamber. Any creature dropped through the hatch is immediately reduced to 0 hit points and must make a death saving throw each turn until either it dies or the juggernaut amphoron is destroyed; a dying creature can’t stabilize inside a juggernaut’s processing chamber. If the creature dies, it emerges from the juggernaut’s ejection hatch on the juggernaut’s next turn as a brick of processed concentrate. A death saving throw is not required on a turn when the juggernaut flickers.

Flicker: Roll 1d6 for every amphoron in play at the start of its turn. On a roll of 1, the amphoron “flickers” due to a momentary interruption of the connection across time and space. Flickering lasts until the start of the amphoron’s next turn. While flickering, the amphoron can’t be attacked and can’t inflict damage. It regains 2 hit points when it rematerializes. A controller flickers only on a roll of 1 on 1d20, but if it does, all amphorons under its control also flicker.


ECOLOGY

Environment:

Organization: Work gang (1d4 workers) or crew (1d4 workers, 1d3 – 1 warriors, and 1d2 – 1 juggernauts)

Amphorons of Yothri are mechanisms created by the artificers of that plane using their strange magic-science. Amphorons on the material plane are physical projections of a model that remains on Yothri; the artificer’s mind, possibly using a lens apparatus of some kind, projects the device into the material plane, where it has a physical reality.

These projections can fail momentarily, a phenomenon known as “flickering.” A flickering amphoron is visible as a faint, static- shrouded shape. Moreover, the artificer’s control of more than one amphoron at a time depends on his mental connection to a single, controlling amphoron. If the artificer attempts to switch his mental connection from one amphoron to another, the process takes 1d6 rounds to complete.


The controlling amphoron has only a 1 in 20 chance of flickering, but if it does so, all of the amphorons under its control also flicker. Any amphoron can serve as the controller, but a single controller can’t control more than six other amphorons, and an artificer can project his mind to only one controller at a time. Thus, unless the artificer has projected some apparatus (the possibilities are many, and left to the Referee’s creativity) to allow remote controllers or auto-controls, the maximum number of amphorons encountered at time is seven (six controlled and one controller). When the artificer’s nefarious schemes on the material plane are complete, he will likely not bother to disintegrate his amphorons, so their material substance remains on the material plane: operating randomly, remaining completely inert, or proceeding independently with their rudimentary intelligence.

An amphorons metallic insides are filled with wires and a gel-like flesh that allows the mental connection with the distant reality of Yothri, and also gives the creature its basic intelligence.

Worker amphorons are smaller than humans, and they move on four crablike legs. Warrior amphorons are usually used to protect worker amphorons or in situations where the artificer’s schemes involve violence. The juggernaut amphoron is a harvester/processor the size of a semiattached trailer truck, with a moving crane mounted on its back and two huge circular saws mounted on its articulated arms. Exactly what the artificers of Yothri do with the bricks processed through their juggernauts remains a mystery.