Courtyard > Enemies > Sentries
Location(s): Mechanist facilities or supported areas
Known Weaknesses: explosive force
During the Metal Age it was common to find buildings protected by Watchers and Sentries. These mechanical innovations were introduced to the city by the Mechanists and represented a new threat to any who wished to remain unseen. Both resembling the heads of the "Servants of Karras", the Watcher and the Sentry were often seen in pairs. Whilst the Watcher provided the ability to detect and target intruders, the Sentry provided the firepower.
Essentially, Sentries are automated cannons which use the Watcher as a targeting reticle. Upon detection of an intruder, the Sentry's outer casing opens to reveal a cannon which will then proceed to shoot time-delayed projectiles at the intruder. The Sentry will continue to fire its projectiles until the target is either out of sight or dead.
No variations of the Sentry were seen while it was in use, but our agents in SoulForge indicated that the Mechanists had been working on versions which fired arrows or razor-discs instead of cannonballs and which did not require a seperate Watcher for targeting. Fortunately, any prototypes of these versions were destroyed following the death of Karras.
Like Watchers, Sentries are immune to blade, arrow, or gas. They can be destroyed by explosive force if necessary, but most Sentries and Watchers were powered by a nearby source. The preferred method of disabling either would be to locate the power source and simply turn it off.
Sentries are very rare these days, due in part to the high expense of maintaining them but also due to the unpopularity of Mechanist devices in modern times. Some former Mechanists still render a living repairing and maintaining such devices, but their customer base is extremely limited. The current threat level for Sentries is very low, but it was high during the time of the Metal Age.