While androids, ensouled as they are, can harness and manipulate ki just as any other race can, the subtle nature of meditation can prove difficult for them. As such, over the centuries, a discipline has arisen among androids that superficially resembles the arts of ninjutsu. Where traditional ninjas harness their inner ki much as monks do, android nanoshades instead learn to master the nanites infused in their bodies.
Associated Class: ninja
Associated Race: android
Replaced Abilities: ki pool
Modified Abilities: ninja tricks, hidden master
At 2nd level, a nanoshade gains a nanite reserve that he uses to augment his abilities. The number of points in the nanoshade’s nanite reserve is equal to 1/2 his level + his Intelligence modifier. As long as he has at least 1 point in his nanite reserve, whenever he uses his nanite surge racial ability, the nanoshade may prevent the illumination of his circuitry-tattoos as a free action. Additionally, while 1 point remains in his reserve, the nanoshade’s nanites enhance his reflexes, increasing his base speed by 10 feet. At 10th level and again at 16th level, his base speed improves by an additional +10 feet so long as he has 1 point in his nanite reserve.
By spending 1 point from his nanite reserve as a swift action, a nanoshade can make one additional attack at his highest attack bonus, but he can do so only when making a full attack. In addition, he can spend 1 point from his nanite reserve as an immediate action to cause his nanites to take a rigid formation, bolstering his body against attack and granting him DR 5/— for 1 round. Finally, he can spend 1 point from his nanite reserve as an immediate action to use his nanite surge racial ability, even if he has already used it once per day.
The nanoshade’s nanite reserve replenishes itself through self-repair after 8 hours of rest; these hours need not be consecutive.
If a nanoshade chooses a ninja trick or advanced ninja trick that uses or otherwise interacts with a ki pool, he instead uses his nanite reserve for that ability. Additionally, the nanoshade may use his Intelligence modifier in place of his Charisma modifier for any ninja tricks and advanced ninja tricks that require it. Nanoshades can also take the following ninja trick:
Intrusive Nanites (Ex): A nanoshade with this trick can spend 1 point from his nanite reserve to coat a weapon with disruptive nanites which infest any inflicted wounds, disrupting an affected creature’s biology. As an immediate action on a successful attack with a weapon coated in disruptive nanites, the nanoshade can spend an additional point from his nanite reserve to increase the save DC of the poison to 10 + 1/2 his class level + his Intelligence modifier or to increase the duration of the poison to 1 round for each class level he possess.
Using the invisibility portion of this ability requires the use of 3 points from the nanoshade’s nanite reserve. It otherwise functions as normal.
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