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An interesting weapon for the more mechanically-minded elements of gnomish culture, extendable extruders are a pair of oversized pliers, intended to aid in a variety of tasks (both in and out of combat). A quick flick can switch the spring-loaded telescopic handles from their close, 3-foot length to their long, 8-foot length, often surprising foes expecting to keep a gnomish wielder underfoot.
|Name||Extruders, Gnome Extendable|
|Damage||1d10 (1d8 for Small)|
|Proficiency||Exotic Two-Handed Melee; Gnome Racial Weapon|
Description: By squeezing or twisting the handles, this weapon’s length can be swiftly changed to function with reach.
If the wielder has the Tricky Thief or Slippery Thief feats, they can use the extendable extruders to perform several unique combat maneuvers. Extendable extruders may be used to perform most of these maneuvers while the handles are extended, but the wielder takes a –2 penalty to their CMB when attempting to do. Some maneuvers require the extruders to be in their retracted state, and cannot be attempted otherwise.
Action: Changing extendable extruders between a normal or reach weapon requires two hands; deploying the telescopic handles to grant the weapon the reach quality is a swift action that does not provoke an attack of opportunity, while retracting the handles to return them to normal is a move action that provokes an attack of opportunity.
Extendable extruders may be used as a Martial Weapon (in which case they function as a greatclub), but prove difficult to handle effectively in this way: you can extend or retract the handles only as a standard action which provokes an attack of opportunity, and you take a –1 penalty on attack rolls made with them.
Benefit: You can use the weapon to grapple a foe of up to one size category larger or smaller than you. This attempt can be made while the foe is at reach or adjacent to you, depending on whether or not the handles are extended. Make a combat maneuver check to grapple your foe (without the –4 penalty for not having two hands free); success means you and the target are grappled. If the handles are extended, you and your target do not move adjacent to one another, and you can only perform a “move” grapple action against your grappled target.
Drawback: Due to the telescopic nature of the handles’ design, you receive a –2 penalty to your Combat Maneuver Defense whenever a foe attempts to sunder your extendable extruders while they are extended.
Racial Specialty: Gnomes treat gnome extendable extruders as Martial Weapons when determining proficiency.