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Bestiary: Animated Weapon (WM1)
Name: Animated Weapon (Level 13 Vessel)

Endurance: 165
Accuracy: 61
Damage: 17-24 Slash/Crush
DR: 12 (Slash 18, Crush 18, Pierce 18, Burn 18, Freeze Immunity, Shock 18, Corrode 18)

Attributes:
  • Might 16
  • Constitution 12
  • Dexterity 24
  • Perception 10
  • Intellect 10
  • Resolve 10
Defenses:
  • Deflection 61
  • Reflex 84
  • Fortitude 72
  • Will 56
Skeletons no longer require flesh or essence, but their drive to kill has been instilled over many stages of progressive decay. As a result, they will attack anything that approaches them, but they won't attempt to consume it after it is slain. The essence that animates them is energy at its most basic level, as the skeleton has lost all measure of will, intelligence, or personality. If not killed, a skeleton may eventually grind itself into bone dust, or its essence may finally evaporate into the ether.

Skeletal savants are the remains of warriors, wizards, and other adventurous types. They are similar in overall properties to other skeletons, but they are more capable in combat and often retain rudimentary skills from their adventuring lives.

Death guards are an aberrant form of these skeletons, as they are skilled, powerful, and intelligent. When fampyrs wish to avoid the gradual decay associated with their condition, they can engage in a risky, expensive, and extremely painful process that separates the tissues from bone and leaves a perfectly aware skeleton. In this case, essence does not decay in the flesh, and it instead resides in bone, a much hardier substance. Since the newly created death guard requires virtually nothing to survive and will not naturally decay further, it can "live" until it is killed.