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Clockwork FabricatorCreature 4

Source Pathfinder #178: Punks in a Powder Keg
Perception +8 (darkvision)
Languages none
Skills Athletics +12, Crafting +9
Str +6, Dex +3, Con +2, Int -5, Wis +3, Cha -5

AC 19; Fort +10; Reflex +11; Will +9;
HP 50
Speed 25 feet
Immunities death effects, disease, doomed, drained, fatigued, healing, mental, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, paralyzed, poison, sickened, unconscious
Weaknesses Electricity 4, Orichalcum 4
Resistances Physical 4

Buzz-Saw Blade One Action +16 (+11, +6) to hit (forceful, sweep) 1d4+6 Slashing
Crushing Vise One Action +14 (+9, +4) to hit (grapple) 2d6+6 Bludgeoning
Sledgehammer One Action +12 (+7, +2) to hit 2d10+6 Bludgeoning
Pneumatic Chisel One Action +14 (+9, +4) to hit 2d8+6 Piercing
Arm One Action +14 (+10, +6) to hit (agile, unarmed) 2d4+6 Bludgeoning
Nail Gun One Action +11 (+7, +3) to hit (agile, range 10) 2d8 Piercing
Towing Anchor One Action +11 (+6, +1) to hit (thrown 30) 1d4+6 Piercing


A monster with darkvision can see perfectly well in areas of darkness and dim light, though such vision is in black and white only. Some forms of magical darkness, such as a 4th-level Darkness spell, block normal darkvision. A monster with Greater Darkvision, however, can see through even these forms of magical darkness.


24 hours, DC 19 thievery check, standby

For a clockwork to act, it must be wound with a unique key by another creature. This takes 1 minute. Once wound, it remains operational for the listed amount of time, usually 24 hours, after which time it becomes unaware of its surroundings and can't act until it's wound again. Some clockworks' abilities require them to spend some of their remaining operational time. They can't spend more than they have and shut down immediately once they have 0 time remaining. If it's unclear when a clockwork was last wound, most clockwork keepers wind all their clockworks at a set time, typically 8 a.m.

A clockwork that lists standby in its wind-up entry can enter standby mode as a 3-action activity. Its operational time doesn't decrease in standby, but it can sense its surroundings (with a -2 penalty to Perception). It can't act, with one exception: when it perceives a creature, it can exit standby as a reaction (rolling initiative if appropriate).

A creature can attempt to Disable a Device to wind a clockwork down (with a DC listed in the wind-up entry). For each success, the clockwork loses 1 hour of operational time. This can be done even if the clockwork is in standby mode.

Constrict One Action

Requirements The clockwork fabricator has a creature grappled or Restrained

Effect 2d4+4 bludgeoning damage, DC 21 basic fortitude

The monster deals the listed amount of damage to any number of creatures Grabbed or Restrained by it. Each of those creatures can attempt a basic Fortitude save with the listed DC.

Modular Arms

A clockwork fabricator is built to perform a specific type of task repeatedly, and it comes with built-in artisan's tools and two detachable "arms." An adjacent creature can forcibly remove a clockwork fabricator's arm with a successful DC 18 thievery check to Disable a Device. A creature can Interact to install a new arm with a successful DC 18 engineering Lore check. A fabricator has two of any of the following types of arms.

Pull One Action

Requirements The clockwork fabricator's last action was a successful towing anchor Strike

Effect The clockwork fabricator reels in the anchor and attempts an Athletics check against the target's Fortitude DC. On a success, the clockwork fabricator pulls the target into a free square adjacent to it. This movement is forced movement.

Grab One Action

Requirements The monster's last action was a success with a Strike that lists Grab in its damage entry, or it has a creature grabbed using this action.

Effect The monster automatically Grabs the target until the end of the monster's next turn. The creature is Grabbed by whichever body part the monster attacked with, and that body part can't be used to Strike creatures until the grab is ended. Using Grab extends the duration of the monster's Grab until the end of its next turn for all creatures grabbed by it. A grabbed creature can use the Escape action to get out of the grab, and the Grab ends for a grabbed creatures if the monster moves away from it.

Clockwork creatures are as common in Alkenstar as carts and horses are in most Inner Sea region cities. In the City of Smog, clockworks perform many of the simple, repetitive tasks that sentient workers find boring, as well as dangerous jobs such as private security or riot control.

A common sight among Alkenstar work crews, construction teams, and mining operations, the clockwork fabricator is a one-size-fits-all construction companion. These clockworks can be programmed to perform up to two simple, repetitive tasks such as hauling equipment, chopping down trees, or grinding up hunks of ore. The modular nature of these units makes them even more valuable-after finishing a day's work sawing planks, the same machine can be unwound, updated with a new modular arm or two, and then re-wound and given new instructions.

While it's possible to remove or replace an arm while a fabricator in use, doing so is dangerous and likely to void the manufacturer's warranty, to say nothing of the danger posed to the engineer doing the retrofitting.



Something of uncommon rarity requires special training or comes from a particular culture or part of the world. Some character choices give access to uncommon options, and the GM can choose to allow access for anyone. Less is known about uncommon creatures than common creatures. They typically can't be summoned. The DC of Recall Knowledge checks related to these creature is increased by 2.


Clockworks are intricate, complex constructs that can be programmed to perform specific functions.


A construct is an artificial creature empowered by a force other than necromancy. Constructs are often mindless; they are immune to bleed damage, death effects, disease, healing, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, poison, and the doomed, drained, fatigued, paralyzed, sickened, and unconscious conditions; and they may have Hardness based on the materials used to construct their bodies. Constructs are not living creatures, nor are they undead. When reduced to 0 Hit Points, a construct creature is destroyed.


A mindless creature has either programmed or rudimentary mental attributes. Most, if not all, of their mental ability modifiers are -5. They are immune to all mental effects.