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Formian Myrmarch

This horse-sized insect has a brilliant red carapace, and its monstrous face reflects great intelligence and confidence.

Formian Myrmarch CR 10

XP 9,600
LN Large monstrous humanoid
Init +8 (+12 with hive mind); Senses blindsense 30 ft., darkvision 60 ft., hive mind; Perception +18 (+22 with hive mind)

DEFENSE

AC 27, touch 16, flat-footed 22 (+2 deflection, +4 Dex, +1 dodge, +11 natural, –1 size)
hp 126 (12d10+60)
Fort +11, Ref +14, Will +13; Resist sonic 10

OFFENSE

Speed 50 ft.
Melee sting +16 (1d8+5 plus poison), 2 claws +16 (1d4+5/19–20), bite +16 (1d6+5)
Ranged javelin +15/+10/+5 (1d6+5 plus poison)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Special Attacks poison
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 12th; concentration +15)

At willcharm monster (DC 17), clairaudience/clairvoyance, detect thoughts (DC 15)
3/dayhold monster (DC 18)
1/dayfeeblemind (DC 18)

STATISTICS

Str 20, Dex 19, Con 20, Int 17, Wis 16, Cha 17
Base Atk +12; CMB +18; CMD 35 (39 vs. trip)
Feats Dodge, Improved Initiative, Mobility, Quick Draw, Spring Attack, Vital Strike
Skills Climb +20, Diplomacy +15, Knowledge (arcana) +15, Perception +18 (+22 with hive mind), Sense Motive +15, Spellcraft +15, Stealth +15
Languages Common, telepathy 150 ft.
SQ formian traits, inspire hive, undersized weapons

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Inspire Hive (Su)

Once per day, a myrmarch can affect all warriors and workers in its telepathic range as if they were under the effect of a greater heroism spell (CL 12th).

Poison (Ex)

Javelin or sting—injury; save Fort DC 21; frequency 1/round for 6 rounds; effect 1d4 Dex and sickened; cure 2 saves. The save DC is Constitution-based.

ECOLOGY

Environment warm or temperate land or underground
Organization Solitary, team (2–4), platoon (1 plus 7–18 warriors and 6–12 workers), or royal guard (4 plus 12–20 warriors)
Treasure standard (9 javelins, other treasure)

Myrmarchs are an elite caste of the formian race. They serve as direct agents for the queen, acting as advisors and generals, or administrating tasks where complexity or propriety renders taskmasters unsuitable. It is myrmarchs who answer the call when a particularly skilled diplomat or emissary is required to carry the queen’s words outside of the territory of the hive to the dangerously disorganized races.

While myrmarchs make up the aristocracy of formian society, this does not make them pampered intellectuals and bureaucrats. On the contrary, they are even more deadly than the warriors they often command, and do not hesitate to use their considerable might to aid and protect their kin. Myrmarchs facing combat apply their natural poison to their javelins, making them even more lethal.

Like other formians, myrmarchs record their life’s history upon their carapaces. Between their greater opportunities and longer lifespans (roughly as long as those of humans), myrmarchs can cover nearly every inch of their shells with great deeds accomplished, foes overcome, and service to the hive. Some myrmarchs actually run out of space for new records: some die shortly thereafter, knowing that they have served their queen to the utmost, while others add new artificial plates to their carapaces to continue their epics.

The most accomplished, trusted, and battle-tested of their race, myrmarchs form the queen’s elite bodyguard. In a small hive, these bodyguards likely have the same statistics presented above. In the oldest and largest hives, however, most possess class levels.

A myrmarch has an enlarged thorax and abdomen, which give it the same general size and weight as a large warhorse, though its upper body is not much larger than that of a formian warrior’s. Myrmarchs stand about 8 feet high and weigh about 1,200 pounds.

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