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Assimilated (+0 CR; 3pp)

“Assimilated” is an acquired template that can be applied to any animal, humanoid, or monstrous humanoid that is not immune to disease, representing infection with the perfected form of the assimilation strain. Rather than causing creatures to become docile and compliant, it instead inflames their emotions and aggressive impulses, causing them to become feral, bloodthirsty, and bestial in their behavior, turning upon their non-infected friends and relatives to devour them or drive them mad as well. Maddened creatures can sometimes maintain a tenuous society, though it teeters always on the brink of disintegration in an orgy of cannibalistic rage and violence.

Creating an Assimilated Creature

Challenge Rating: As the base creature +0.

Alignment: Always neutral evil.

Type: The creature’s type does not change, but it gains the augmented subtype.

AC: As the base creature.

Hit Dice: As the base creature.

Saving Throws: As the base creature, but a maddened creature takes a -4 penalty on saving throws against mind-affecting effects used by creatures with the alien subtype but gains a +4 bonus on saving throws against mind-affecting effects used by other creatures.

Defensive Abilities: As the base creature, plus the following:

Mindless Minion (Ex)

If an assimilated creature’s Wisdom damage equals or exceeds its Wisdom score, it gains immunity to mind-affecting effects used by creatures that do not have the alien subtype. However, on saving throws against mind-affecting attacks used by creatures with the alien subtype the assimilated creature must roll twice and use the worse result.

Speed: As the base creature.

Attacks: As the base creature.

Special Attacks: A maddened retains any special attacks of the base creature. In addition, it gains the following special attacks:

No Mercy (Ex)

An assimilated creature gains a +1 morale bonus on attack and damage rolls when making attacks of opportunity and can make one more attack of opportunity than normal each round.

Ability Scores: As the base creature.

BAB: As the base creature.

Skills: An assimilated creature takes a -4 penalty on Sense Motive checks.

Feats: As the base creature.

Special Qualities: A maddened creature gains the following special qualities:

Alien Understanding (Ex)

An assimilated creature can understand the speech of creatures with the alien subtype as though they shared a common language.

Contagious (Ex)

During the first 24 hours of a creature’s infection with the assimilation strain, creatures coming into close contact with the infected creature may contract the virus as well (DC 12 Fort negates). A creature directly exposed to the infected creature’s bodily fluids, such as sharing intimate contact, using a Heal check to deliver first aid or treat deadly wounds on an infected creature, or touching or being touched by an infected creature taking bleed damage, takes a -2 penalty on this saving throw. The duration required for exposure is subject to the GM’s discretion, but creatures in close proximity to an infected creature who are taking precautions to avoid contact or filter their breath may be allowed a +2 circumstance bonus on their saving throw to avoid contracting the disease.

Infected (Su)

An assimilated creature is afflicted with the perfected version of the assimilation strain virus.

When exposed to the virus, a creature becomes infected if it fails a DC 14 Fortitude save. This causes no ill effects for the first 24 hours, during which the creature is contagious (as described above). After 24 hours, the afflicted creature is no longer contagious but begins showing symptoms.

Assimilation Straindisease; type contact; save Fortitude DC 14; onset 1 day; frequency 1/day; effect 1d3 Wis damage; cure 2 consecutive saves.

Tireless Minion (Ex)

An assimilated creature gains Endurance as a bonus feat and gains a +2 bonus on saving throws against effects that would cause it to fall asleep or become fatigued or exhausted.

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