Shade said:OK, to get these guys going, let's figure out ability scores for them, as they are usually the key to unlocking the rest of the creature.
First, we know Int is 5. Cha should probably be 1, as a few other intelligent oozes still have Cha 1 (like the assassin jelly). Wis is probably average (10-11).
I can't see any problems with that. We know that the silatics like to stow away on spelljamming ships to hitch a ride from one place to another, so they must have some brains to be able to where to find a ship.
Shade said:Str would appear to be 18-19 for the gold (based on +4 dmg), and since the other two deal +3 damage over that, probably 24-25 for the platinum and iron.
The +3 was presented as a special attack, rather than increased strength. If the Platinum and Iron Silatics had a bonus to their attacks and damage (with their pseudopods), they could have the same Str score as the Gold. If you push up their strength you make them better at grappling and anything else that involves strength.
Would they work if they had something similar to the Greater Weapon Specialization [General] feat?
Shade said:Dex could be high to achieve the AC of 15. The assassin jelly, for example, bucks the usual ooze trend of low Dex and no natural armor, going with +2 Dex, +3 natural.
I agree with demiurge1138, that the metal inside the creature could form part of their natural armor. You could probably use the hardness of the metal as a guide to the sort of AC it could give. I can find rules on special materials, but not on "not-so-special" materials. I know that Iron would make better armor than gold and would guess that platinum would go in the middle, but am not sure where each could go. Does anyone have a useful source for strengths of different metals?
Shade said:Oozes generally have decent Con, many 20 or higher.
From what I could see, they also get a chunk of bonus hp, based on their size.
OK. I suppose the fact that they can move slowly through space would also need to go into the sidebar. I'd give them a Tactical Speed of 1 and a Glide ability, rather than a Fly abilty if they become subject to gravity. (Letting them fly on a planet would make them far too powerful, but if they drop out of the sky they would be killed.)
EDIT: Actually having the creatures drop out of the sky and die, could help explain their desire to stay in wildspace and stow away on ships. A tactical speed that didn't translate to a groundling campaign setting could make silatics carry on working for Spelljammer, and create a creature that was rare on planets.
Silatics were not really designed for "groundling" campaigns. They seem to "swim" through space, but the mass of the metal in their body wouldn't be a penalty up there. I'd be hesitant to give them any sort of ability to swim in the sea. (Although as they don't breath, they could walk along the bottom of an ocean.)
When you get to the blurb-text, I think it might be nice for groundling silatics to carry on stowing away on ships. So they might be a creature that is more common in ports. (If they kill crews in mid voyage, they could even be responsible for some of the ghost ships drifting on the seas.)