Domestic Drones


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So I think, after much reading and asking around, that I maybe have an understanding, but please correct me if I'm wrong, because this doesn't seem quite right.

So the 4th level item, Domestic Drone.
It is like a level 1 drone with level 1 capabilities of a mechanic. i.e. Master Control, Skill Unit, Limited AI, except with the modifications of each domestic drone. So as an example, the physician drone:

HP - 10
Master Control, Limited AI, Skill Unit (both Acrobatics and Medicine)
However, if they get one rank in Medicine, even with the increase of intel to 8, this means the total modifier is 3? (1+3+(-1)) So even the lowest medicine check, at 15, is not the easiest roll. And there is never any increase to this (or HP, etc) Even assisting my character on a medicine check is only a 60% change or so.

Also the Elite model says "elite models often have additional abilities and greater autonomy" I see the additional ability, but what does greater autonomy refer to?

I keep reading the physician drone is one of the better ones, but maybe I'm looking at this all wrong? Thanks!


Torgrin Deepsmith wrote:

So the 4th level item, Domestic Drone.

It is like a level 1 drone with level 1 capabilities of a mechanic. i.e. Master Control, Skill Unit, Limited AI, except with the modifications of each domestic drone. So as an example, the physician drone:

HP - 10
Master Control, Limited AI, Skill Unit (both Acrobatics and Medicine)
However, if they get one rank in Medicine, even with the increase of intel to 8, this means the total modifier is 3? (1+3+(-1)) So even the lowest medicine check, at 15, is not the easiest roll. And there is never any increase to this (or HP, etc) Even assisting my character on a medicine check is only a 60% change or so.

Yep, this sounds about right. It's a Domestic Drone, not a combat drone, so the HP probably shouldn't matter much (though it might for the Elite, more on that in a bit.) As for the skill bonus, +3 may not be great in the long run, but isn't horrible for level 4. And it's main purpose seems to be Aiding, which it does have a 70% chance of doing.

Torgrin Deepsmith wrote:
Also the Elite model says "elite models often have additional abilities and greater autonomy" I see the additional ability, but what does greater autonomy refer to?

Each Elite drone (with the sole exception of Porter, though Physician's is subtle) gains two things: A new Mod and a new Action. The Mod is the new Ability, and the new Action (which it might be able to do without you needing to make it do so? Or at least definitely requiring no more than a Move Action command compared to a full-action Direct Control) is the new Autonomy. In the case of the Physician specifically, the new Ability is the Medical Subroutine healing, while the Autonomy is it's ability to come to you and give you aid while you're unconscious. Porter's just kinda weird in that the only thing it gets is Resistance.

As for the HP thing, it's the Elite Physician's new Autonomy that is one of the few reasons it might actually come up, if it comes crawling to help you mid-combat.

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Thanks for the input, I guess I was more concerned about the skill than the HP, assisting is not too bad as you say, but attempting lets say a stabilize action (DC15) gets harder when not using the Master Control (which then is a moot point) But I guess 2000 for a +2 assist isn't bad, although I rarely need it at this level. The HP would be nice to rise, AoE's etc.

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