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Formians (pronounced: /ˈfɔːrmiʌnzFOR-mee-unz[3]) were an ant-like race of outsiders.[1]

Description

Formians were brown and resembled a cross between an ant and a centaur.[4]. Their size and appearance otherwise depended on the rank they were born into:

Worker
Formian workers were about 3 ft (0.91 m) long and 2.5 ft (0.76 m) tall and weighed around 60 lb (27,000 g). They could not speak.[1]
Taskmaster
Formian taskmasters were about 5 ft (1.5 m) long and 4.5 ft (1.4 m) feet tall and weighed about 150 lb (68,000 g). They had neither mandible nor mouth, instead relying on the energy of controlled creatures to sustain them. They were unable to speak.[1]
Warrior
Like taskmasters, formian warriors were 5 ft (1.5 m) long and 4.5 ft (1.4 m) tall and weighed about 150 lb (68,000 g). They had sharp mandibles and poison stingers.[1]
Myrmarch
Formian myrmarchs were 7 ft (2.1 m) long and 5.5 ft (1.7 m) feet tall and weighed about 1,500 lb (680,000 g). They had hands rather than claws. They could speak Formian and Common.[1]
Queen
A formian queen was about 10 ft (3 m)t long and 4 ft (1.2 m) tall. She weighed about 3,500 lb (1,600,000 g) and was unable to move, relying on her control of her hive mind to guard her.[1]

Society

Formians were dedicated to spreading their colonies wherever they could. Colonies, also called "hive-cities," consisted of a ruling queen and different hierarchies of workers, from worker (lowest) to taskmaskers, from warriors to myrmarchs (highest below the queen). Formians had a hive mind based on the queen; any formian within 50 mi (80 km) of a queen could communicate telepathically with any other formian within that range. The most prestigious of myrmarchs was responsible for guarding the queen.[4]

Combat

Colonies relied on their warriors' fighting abilities to defend the hive. Myrmarchs and taskmasters were also proficient fighters and had limited spell-like abilities, such as dominate monster or charm monster.[1]

The queen had no ability to move, but she could cast spells in defense of her hive and had a number of spell-like abilities, such as charm monster, hold monster, shield of law, and true seeing.[1]

Appendix

See Also

Appearances

Novels
NeversfallThe Gossamer Plain
Video games
Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of UndrentideNeverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark
Adventures
Tales from the Infinite Staircase

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 108–111. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 McComb, Colin, and Wolfgang Baur. Planes of Law. Monstrous Supplement. pp. 18-19. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1995. ISBN 0-7869-0093-8.
  3. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 26.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 108. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
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