Threat Assessment: The Droid Cavalier

Here were are with a new droid model. I wanted to capture the feel of a “sword and board knight” in the Star Wars universe. I think this droid does the idea justice.

The Droid Cavalier – CL 10

Medium droid (4th-degree) soldier 7/gladiator 3

Force 3

Init +16; Senses Perception +11, darkvision

Languages Basic, Binary, Military Sign Language

Defenses Ref 26 (27 with microshield, 25 flat-footed), Fort 26, Will 24

hp 89; Threshold 31

Immunities crystaduranium armor, droid traits

Speed 6 squares

Melee vibroblade +14 (2d6+13) or

Melee vibroblade +12 (3d6+13) with Rapid Strike or

Melee vibroblade +9/+9 (2d6+13) with Double Attack or

Melee vibroblade +7/+7 (3d6+13) with Double Attack and Rapid Strike

Base Atk +10; Grp +13

Atk Options Double Attack, Droid Smash, Rapid Strike, Weapon Specialization (advanced melee weapons)

Special Actions Call Out, Damage Conversion, Harm’s Way, Just a Scratch, Personal Vendetta

Abilities Str 16, Dex 13, Con -, Int 12, Wis 13, Cha 14

Talents Call Out, Droid Smash, Harm’s Way, Just a Scratch, Personal Vendetta, Weapon Specialization (advanced melee weapons)

Feats Armor Proficiency (light, medium, heavy), Damage Conversion, Double Attack (advanced melee weapons), Improved Damage Threshold, Improved Defenses, Ion Shielding, Rapid Strike, Skill Focus (Initiative), Toughness, Weapon Focus (advanced melee weapons), Weapon Proficiency (advanced melee weapons, simple weapons)

Equipped with 2 hand appendages, walking locomotion with gyroscopic stabilizers, crystaduranium armor (+10 armor), microshield, weapon detector, heuristic processor, vocabulator

Possessions vibroblade

Cost not available for sale Availability rare

The Droid Cavalier was a failed experiment at the end of the Clone Wars. They were produced in limited numbers as first run experiments with the newfound crystaduranium armor, and were built to be bodyguard droids for generals on the field of battle. They were meant to inspire fear into the hearts of those who viewed them, and hearken back to the days of old when battles were still decided by skill with a blade.

However, the Clone Wars ended soon after production began, and so very few of these droids were ever made. Estimates put the numbers anywhere from several thousand to only several hundred. From time to time, one or two have surfaced in the role of bodyguards and enforcers for extremely wealthy nobles and crime lords.

However small the production run and despite the official failure given to the project by the Techno Union at the end of the Clone Wars, they proved to be devastatingly effective at their programmed job, able to draw opponent’s attention to themselves instead of their charge, shrugging off otherwise debilitating hits, and even putting themselves in harms way when an errant attack does reach their charge. They move with a preternatural quickness and grace, despite their heavy armor, acting with deadly efficiency.

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4 responses to “Threat Assessment: The Droid Cavalier

  1. Nateal Falk

    Two things:

    1. I might just be a sucker for more fluff, but you said these were a “failed experiment”, but they sound pretty darn effective. What was the drawback? Why was the experiment classified as a failure?

    2. When these Droids use the “Droid Smash” attack, can they scream something hilarious? >.> Images of IK-22 come to mind.

    • The “failure” classification largely comes from the fact that they were not able to be put into widescale production, partly due to the cost of the then still prototyped crystaduranium armor (later versions of the armor cost 50,000 credits x the droid’s cost modifier) and the sudden end of the Clone Wars and “dissolution” of the CIS by Palpatine and Vader.

      Also, “Droid Smash” is one of those cool “always on” abilities that lets them add double their Strength modifier to damage, even with one handed weapons.

  2. veganshane

    I do like the numbers, I might um barrow(steal) your idea and redo the fluff for an old republic game, although if I ever ran a clone wars game I do like the fluff aspects.

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