Drone Splinter (3.5e Creature)
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|Hit Dice:||6d8+36 (63 hp)|
|Armor Class:||18 (-1 Dex, -1 size, +10 natural), touch 8, flat-footed 19|
|Attack:||Claw +12 melee (1d6+9/x2)|
|Full Attack:||2 Claws +12 melee (1d6+9/x2)|
|Space/Reach:||10 ft./10 ft.|
|Special Qualities:||Tremorsense 60 ft., vermin traits, DR 5/Bludgeoning or piercing|
|Saves:||Fort +8, Ref +3, Will +3|
|Abilities:||Str 28, Dex 8, Con 23, Int -, Wis 9, Cha 8|
|Organization:||Solo or pair|
|Advancement:||7+ HD (Large)|
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Drones are the fathers of the splinter hives, often mating with the queen to fertilize the eggs that hatch the rest of the splinter brood. They are as strong as the praetorian, but not as tough or fast. The drone's carapace has grown thick to the point where slashing weapons can be rendered partially harmless. After the queen has used these drones for mating, they usually only live for 1d4 weeks before dying.
Like all splinters, the drone has a large white body covered in small chitinous plating with four legs (two on each side of the body). The legs often end in sharpened points, and can be used as make-shift weapons when attacked. Their eyes are often mounted up on a small ridge that serves as a mock head. The standard splinter only has a single eye colored a jade green with a yellow inner ring. It is the only part of their body not protected by the plating that covers the rest of their bodies. The eyes are simply for decoration, as the splinter sees it's surroundings via tremorsense. The interesting thing about splinters is that they do not communicate via hive mind, but they use their fore-claws to click on the ground in a sort of Morse code. Splinters do not actively hunt living beings as they are carrion scavengers, but if there is a lack of food, then attacks on living beings will begin to happen until food becomes reliable again.
Drones are fairly mild-mannered and only attack if attacked. If provoked into combat, they follow the same tactics as the praetorian. They emit a screech and close with the weakest looking opponent, relentlessly assaulting it until it no more.