New Monster – Vat Soldier (revised)

16 September, 2013

Vat Soldier
A lumpy, misshapen humanoid carrying a large shield and spear and wearing ill-fitting leather armor.  It does not seem very alert -or bright- but it seems strong enough to be dangerous especially with that spear.

Vat Soldier                                                  CR 2 (600 XP)
N medium construct
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0
AC 18, touch 10, flat-footed 16; (+2 leather armor, +4 natural armor, +2 heavy shield)
hp 31 (2d10+20)
Fort +0, Ref +0, Will +0
Defensive Abilities DR 3/–; Immune construct traits
Spd 30 ft.
Melee Spear +6 (1d8+4/x3)
Str 18, Dex 10, Con —, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 1
Base Atk +2; CMB +6; CMD 16
Feats Light Armor Proficiency, Shield Proficiency, Simple Weapon Proficiency.
Skills –
Languages Understands all languages spoken by creator
SQ Special diet
Gear As provided by creator.
Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or patrol (4-7)
Special Diet (Ex) Vat soldiers require a diet of meat, blood and bone meal, five pounds (2.2 kilograms) per day.  With such a diet, they heal 2d6 points of damage after each meal, without such, they loose 1 hit point per day.

Vat Soldiers are made by a close cousin of necrourgy, dark alchemy that infuses once living bodies with vile mimicry of the vitality they once held..  Vat soldiers are entirely under the command of their maker, but their maker can give control of them to others.

Vat soldiers stand 5 to 6 feet (1.5-1.8m) tall and weigh 160-300 pounds (72.5-136 kg), they are always misshaped and appear not quite properly formed like dough that has not risen properly.  They are equipped with what basic equipment their creator provides.  They dissolve into an ugly pool of meat and bone when slain.

A vat soldier is made from at least 200-pounds (90kg) of flesh and bone, as least half of which must be from humanoids, and alchemical ingredients costing at least 100 gold.  A huge vat or caldron, inscribed with various runes of power, is also required, that costs at least 500 gold but is reusable.
CL 9th; Price 1,600 gp
Construction Requirements
Craft Construct, animate dead or polymorph, bull’s strength, 9 ranks of Alchemy may substitute for the spell requirements; Cost 850 gp

Optional: An Alchemist with the Alchemical Simulacrum or Alchemical Zombie discovery may make Vat Soldiers without possessing the Craft Construct feat.  A Witch with the Cauldron and Cook People hexes may make create Vat Soldier without possessing the Craft Construct feat.

Notes: More alchemical pseudo-undead.  I intend to have some variant types up soon and a magic item tied to them tomorrow.

I had hoped to be further along on this, but a visit to the Emergency Room and four stitches to my forehead yesterday put me a tad behind schedule.


  1. I like the vat soldiers — very Prydain!

    What happened to your head? Did you headbutt a frat boy who demanded to use the store bathroom?

    • Lost an argument with consciousness who then hit me with a bathtub. True story!

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