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Androids are superficially identical to humans in many ways, and to the uninformed it can be difficult to differentiate the two. In the right light, though, androids’ alien nature is revealed by the metallic sheen in their eyes and the biological, tattoo-like circuitry that riddles their skin. Their bodies are completely artificial, though made of materials that mimic the flexibility, shape, and density of human flesh and bone. Their organs mirror those of humans so well that only by examining the materials and makeup of these systems—which use sheeny oils and polymer alloys rather than blood and marrow—could one guess that their physiology is alien. Androids are roughly the same size as humans; on average, they are 6 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds.

Shamans speak of great forges where androids are “born” from metal wombs and are cut from electrified umbilical cords. Even androids can’t refute or verify such stories, since most who emerge from ruins do so naked and without any memories beyond their initial egress into the wide, unfamiliar world. Their complex design is unlike that of any race known, leading many to suspect that they originated from a distant star system or even another galaxy.

What separates androids from golems and other mindless constructs is that androids are living beings and as such possess souls. Similarly, androids don’t live forever, though barring violence or tragedy their bodies never deteriorate. Rather, an android’s cybernetic mind eventually shuts down and self-restarts after about a century, leaving its body vacant for several weeks as the old soul departs for its final reward in the planes beyond and a fresh, new soul finds its way into the shell.

Alternate Racial Traits

Despite their superficial similarity to humans, androids are constructed beings and are made to a variety of specifications. The following alternate racial traits represent some of these variants.

Anomaly Sometimes, a particularly volatile soul can overwhelm the technology of an android body, making the resulting individual subject to emotions, and greatly so. Such androids excel at reading the emotions of others. Anomalous androids gain no racial bonus to saving throws against mind- affecting effects but gain a +2 racial bonus to Diplomacy and Sense Motive checks. This racial trait modifies constructed and replaces flat affect.

Cloaked Circuits Android bodies built for stealth and infiltration employ camouflage circuitry across their skin rather than the typical slots allowing them to insert armor upgrades. These androids reduce the penalty for using Stealth while moving by 5, and reduce the Stealth check penalty for sniping by 10. This racial trait replaces upgrade slot.

Conduit Rarely, an android’s circuitry is built to act as a potent conduit for divine power. Androids with this trait gain the following spell-like abilities: 1/daydetect affliction and stabilize. The caster level for these effects is equal to the android’s character level. Strange dreams occasionally afflict the minds of these androids, however, and they gain a -2 racial penalty to saving throws against sleep effects instead of the usual bonus to saving throws against sleep effects. This racial trait modifies constructed.

Repairing Nanites Some androids are constructed with canisters of self- replicating nanites which can quickly stitch their wounds together. These nanites are delicate, however, and render such androids susceptible to effects they might otherwise shrug off. The android gains no racial bonus to saving throws against disease or poison. However, the first time each day that such an android is reduced to one-half its Hit Points or fewer, these nanites activate automatically and the android regains Hit Points equal to their character level. This racial trait modifies constructed and replaces upgrade slot.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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