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Android

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(Creature)
Type Humanoid
(android)
CR By class
Environment Any (Numeria)
Alignment
Images of androids

Source: Inner Sea Bestiary, pg(s). 3
See also: Robot

An android is a human-seeming creature that was created, not born. On Golarion, they rise from strange, alien forges that dot the ruins of Numeria.[1]

Appearance

Androids, also called "tattooed children of the stars" by Numeria's Kellid tribes, are most prominently visually distinguishable from humans by the circuits carved into their skin. The average android is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. Their eyes bear a metallic quality, and their bodies are made of artificial oils, polymers, and nanites that mimic blood, flesh, bone, organs, and other organic systems.[2]

Personality

Androids carry no memories of their creation and have problems understanding emotions.[2] They have keen interests in science, spirituality, and magic as part of their innate drive for enlightenment.[3]

Biology

Android bodies are purely synthetic, yet respond to healing magic and have souls as organic creatures do. They breathe and eat much as humans do, but through artificial organs, and they circulate their healing nanites through their bodies via pale fluids.[3] They are thus inexhaustible, immune to diseases and resistant to biological effects, and fortified against mental effects, but also suffer the same maladies and vulnerabilities of constructs.

An android sheds its physical human traits as it ages, their self-healing abilities fading over the course of a human lifespan.[3]

Unlike constructs, androids have souls which leave their complex, undecaying artificial bodies about once a century, their shells lying dormant until a new soul enters.[2] A deceased android's soul follows the path of other mortal souls, and through a process known as renewal, its nanites reinvigorate its body to its youthful appearance, reset its mind, and install a new soul. A renewed android effectively starts life as a new creature, though with occasional dreams from its last occupant.[3]

Nanite surge

Every 24 hours, an android can cause the nanites within her body to surge and greatly enhance her natural abilities for a very short period of time. When this happens, an android's circuitry-tattoos glow as brightly as a torch.[1]

History

Originating on Androffa, androids arrived to Golarion with the Rain of Stars. Android foundries in the wreckage continue to produce androids, if sporadically, though none of their kind know where they are from or why they were created. Their lack of a history drives their actions.[3]

Society

While few and scattered in number, androids share a belief that the First—the first living android—continues to live through thousands of years of rebirths and countless souls. As any of their kind could be the unknowing First, each android holds all other android life as sacrosanct.[3]

Along with their rare and dwindling numbers, androids place a high priority on survival. In Numeria, abduction by the Technic League is a constant threat for lone androids, though less so for groups of them. Many androids who find others of their kind establish secretive enclaves small enough to avoid drawing the attention of slavers and the League.[4]

These communities often seem cold and prosaic compared to other mortals', though androids enjoy expressing themselves naturally among their own kind.[4]

Relationships with other races

Numeria's Kellids view them as robot threats in human form and the Technic League considers them lost property, and androids themselves relate poorly to other mortals' emotions. Despite this, androids hold the close few who mentor them immediately after their renewal in high esteem; despite their adult bodies, new android souls and consciousnesses are more similar to children.[4]

They also see humans as their own templates and seek to connect with them despite the risks to understand more about who and what they are.[4]

Some take their marooned status as a sign of their inferiority to humans, or a destiny of ill treatment at the hands of humans, for some unknown distant slight or failure. This results in some androids falling into slavery in Chesed and Starfall.[4]

A handful of communities welcome androids, however, including Hajoth Hakados in southern Numeria. Elsewhere in the Inner Sea region, androids hide their heritage under tales of celestial ancestry or curses. Others seek blighted lands where their artificial nature protects them from conditions that are fatal to others, such as the Mana Wastes and Sodden Lands, to live free and in peace.[4]

References

Paizo has published three major articles on androids: "Ecology of the Android" in Fires of Creation, "Androids" in People of the Stars, and "Androids" in Inner Sea Races.