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Clockwork Clock Tower

Clockworks are machines built by engineers and augmented with magic. A clock tower reconfigured as an animated clockwork can rotate slices of time.

Recall Knowledge - Construct (Arcana, Crafting): DC 45
Unspecific Lore: DC 43
Specific Lore: DC 40

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Clockwork Clock TowerCreature 20

Rare N Gargantuan Clockwork Construct Mindless 
Source Pathfinder #174: Shadows of the Ancients pg. 81
Perception +34; darkvision
Skills Athletics +38
Str +10, Dex +6, Con +7, Int -5, Wis +6, Cha -5
Wind-Up 1 week, DC 40
AC 48; Fort +36, Ref +33, Will +31
HP 325; Immunities death effects, disease, doomed, drained, fatigued, healing, mental, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, paralyzed, poison, sickened, unconscious; Resistances physical 20 (except adamantine or orichalcum); Weaknesses electricity 20, orichalcum 20
Durable Exterior When a clockwork clock tower is reduced to fewer than 200 HP or is damaged by a critical hit, its exterior shatters to reveal internal mechanisms, reducing its AC to 44 until it recovers enough HP to reach 200 HP or more.Doleful Tolling (arcane, auditory, incapacitation) Trigger The clockwork clock tower rolls initiative; Effect The clock tower chimes, and all non-clockwork creatures within 300 feet who can hear it must succeed at a DC 42 Will save or be slowed 1 for 1 round (slowed 2 on a critical failure).
Speed 40 feet
Melee fist +36 [+31/+26] (reach 30 feet), Damage 4d12+18 bludgeoning plus stutter timeMelee foot +36 [+32/+28] (agile, reach 20 feet), Damage 4d8+18 bludgeoningOverclock The clockwork clock tower loses 1 day from its winding time and becomes quickened for 3 rounds. It can use this extra action to Step, Stride, or Strike. This quickened condition ends immediately if the clock tower is damaged by orichalcum.Stutter Time (arcane, incapacitation, transmutation) A creature struck by a clockwork clock tower's fist must make a DC 40 Will save as time flows unevenly around it.
Critical Success The creature is quickened for 1 round and can use this extra action to Step, Stride, or Strike.
Success The creature is unaffected.
Failure The creature is stunned 3.
Critical Failure The creature is knocked out of time, which ceases to flow around the creature for 1 round. It is invulnerable to all damage, it can't be targeted or affected by anything, and no rounds elapse for any timed durations, conditions, afflictions, and other effects it has. The target can't act and remains fixed in place, defying gravity if applicable. After time begins to flow again for it, the creature is stunned 3.
Trample (attack) Huge or smaller, foot, DC 42

Sidebar - Related Creatures Enemies Across Time

Engineers who develop clockwork clock towers often draw unwelcome attention from creatures who protect the flow of time and don't like mortal machines meddling with it. These inventors might be attacked by hounds of Tindalos or even ravagers of Tindalos.

All Monsters in "Clockworks"

Clockwork Amalgam20
Clockwork Assassin13
Clockwork Brewer3
Clockwork Buccaneer9
Clockwork Cannoneer15
Clockwork Clock Tower20
Clockwork Disposer5
Clockwork Door Warden4
Clockwork Dragon16
Clockwork Fabricator4
Clockwork Handler1
Clockwork Hunter0
Clockwork Mage9
Clockwork Puppeteer12
Clockwork Soldier6
Clockwork Sphinx8
Clockwork Spy-1


Source Bestiary 3 pg. 48
Intricate, complex machines, clockworks are built with care by highly skilled engineers. Though their creation involves some amount of magic, they're primarily mechanical, packed with precision-tuned gears and springs working in concert.

The sturdy mainspring within a clockwork must be wound to provide the energy needed to power the device. Some larger clockworks contain a series of springs for different limbs that each need to be wound. A clockwork's crafter creates a unique metal key while building the clockwork; winding the clockwork usually involves inserting the key into the machine's back and turning clockwise. Larger clockworks require greater strength to turn the key, and typically have larger keys to allow for more torque—some even accommodating a team of winders rather than an individual. Programming a clockwork requires both the key and the knowledge to set the program correctly, information usually reserved for the clockwork's creator or owner.

Winding Clockworks

A clockwork must be wound to remain operational. Each clockwork has the wind-up ability, with the specifics listed in its stat block.

Wind-Up 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.

Sidebar - Locations Clockwork Research

Clockworks were invented in ancient times, culminating in the clockwork army of Xin, the first emperor of ancient Thassilon, but were lost for millennia. Disparate peoples later rediscovered the techniques and began to alter and improve them. Today, the Clockwork Cathedral in Absalom is a center of clockwork research, with many breakthroughs also coming from the kingdom of Nex and the mechanically savvy Grand Duchy of Alkenstar. The Qadiran professor Hadia Al-Dannah, formerly of the Clockwork Cathedral, wrote the best-regarded modern text on clockwork design—Glorious Rhythms in Life and Mechanica.

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Malfunction!

Clockworks can be prone to errors if not well maintained or properly programmed. You might want to introduce one of the malfunctions listed below in a clockwork that is in disrepair or gets damaged heavily in battle (such as with a critical hit).

Backfire: The clockwork rolls a DC 5 flat check at the start of each of its turns. On a failure, it backfires, dealing 2d6 fire damage in a 15-foot cone, including to itself (basic Reflex save at the standard DC for its level), and is slowed 1 this turn.

Damaged Propulsion: The clockwork loses 1d4 hours of operational time at the end of each of its turns.

Loose Screws: When damaged, the clockwork attempts a DC 5 flat check. On a failure, a plate of its armor falls loose. It takes a status penalty to AC equal to the number of lost plates (up to –4).

Sidebar - Advice and Rules Versatile Designs

Most clockwork builders design their mechanical minions to perform a single specific task, as in the case of the clockwork door warden or clockwork disposer. Though these constructs' intended functions are typically limited, creative owners can find workarounds or loopholes to exploit, effectively turning their single-purpose clockwork into a versatile guardian or servant. Of course, nearly every clockwork is pre-programmed to defend itself against foes, a function which typically requires no special action on the clockwork's part.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Winding Routines

Maintaining a group of clockworks that are meant to operate on a regular basis takes planning and attention. A cadre of clockwork soldiers set to patrol a location needs to be regularly wound. Typically, one or more servants are assigned to wind all the clockworks serving in one place at a standard time.