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Clockwork Buccaneer

Clockwork buccaneers are powerful constructs designed for naval combat. Whereas most clockwork creations sink to the ocean floor while at sea, clockwork buccaneers can use their water jets to easily propel themselves through the water or leap aboard enemy ships. In addition to an internal water tank and hydraulic pumps, most clockwork buccaneers are equipped with a cutlass and arm gun loaded with scatter shot.

Recall Knowledge - Construct (Arcana, Crafting): DC 28
Unspecific Lore: DC 26
Specific Lore: DC 23

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Clockwork BuccaneerCreature 9

Uncommon N Medium Clockwork Construct Mindless 
Source Pathfinder #180: The Smoking Gun pg. 80
Perception +18; darkvision
Skills Athletics +18, Deception +12 (+20 to Feint), Stealth +20
Str +5, Dex +6, Con +3, Int -5, Wis +2, Cha -5
Wind Up 24 hours, DC 26, standby
Items +1 striking scimitar
AC 28; Fort +17, Ref +21, Will +15
HP 140; Immunities death effects, disease, doomed, drained, fatigued, healing, mental, necromancy, nonlethal attacks, paralyzed, poisoned, sickened, unconscious; Resistances physical 10 (except adamantine or orichalcum); Weaknesses electricity 10, orichalcum 10
Speed 25 feet
Melee [one-action] scimitar +21 [+16/+11] (forceful, magical, sweep), Damage 2d6+11 slashingRanged [one-action] arm gun +21 [+16/+11] (concussive, magical, range 40 feet, reload 1, scatter 10 feet), Damage 2d8+6 piercingFirearms Critical Specialization When the buccaneer makes a critical hit with a firearm, the target must succeed at a DC 28 Fortitude save or be stunned 1.Pirate's Feint [one-action] (mental) The clockwork buccaneer Feints. If the target becomes flat-footed to the buccaneer's melee attacks, it becomes flat-footed to the buccaneer's ranged attacks as well.Refill Tank [one-action] Requirements The clockwork buccaneer is within 15 feet of a water source containing at least 100 gallons of water; Effect The clockwork buccaneer extends a clockwork tube and sucks up water to refill its water tank.Sneak Attack The clockwork buccaneer deals an extra 2d6 precision damage to flat-footed creatures.Water Jet [one-action] Requirements The clockwork buccaneer has a full water tank; Effect The clockwork buccaneer fires a narrow but highly pressurized blast of water in a 60-foot line, dealing 10d6 bludgeoning damage to creatures and unattended objects in the area (DC 28 basic Fortitude save; unattended objects automatically fail). Creatures and objects that fail the save are also knocked back 5 feet (10 feet on a critical failure). This empties the buccaneer's water tank.Water Jump [one-action] Requirements The clockwork buccaneer has a full water tank; Effect The clockwork buccaneer jumps 60 feet, propelling itself through the air with a jet of water. This empties the buccaneer's water tank.

Sidebar - Additional Lore Clockwork Shanties

Some inventors choose to imbue their clockwork buccaneers with automated voice modules instead of water tanks. Buccaneers can use these prerecorded songs or phrases to inspire living crew members or strike fear into enemies.

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.