The only application I see for it is the Shellcraft Manikin. Here is the start of the blurb:
I thought that they all looked like tailor's dummies, but there is also this:Shellcraft Manikin wrote:This humanoid creation of metal and wood roughly resembles a tailor’s dummy, with articulated limbs and head. The unusual materials in its construction allow an incorporeal creature to enter the manikin (a standard action) and move it in a manner similar to how some ghosts can possess bodies, allowing a ghost to carry material objects even when outside the Manifest Ward. Leaving the manikin is a standard action.
The weight is listed as 40-80 lbs, so I'm guessing that the Small-sized ones weigh 40 lbs and the Medium sized ones weigh 80 lbs.Shellcraft Manikin wrote:A manikin may be built in the form of a dwarf, elf, gnome, half-orc, halfling, or human. A manikin has hardness 7 and 50 hit points if it is Medium-size, or 35 hit points if it is Small.
I'm thinking that, if different shaped and sized Shellcraft Manikins can be made, it should also be possible to create Large-sized ones, ones shaped like exotic creatures (such as centaurs or avarials) or ones with some sort of improved abilities.
Are there any other D&D rules that are along these lines?
Would the Eberron rules for improving the bodies of Warforged work or are they tied to individual characters?
How about rules for golems? Do they have modification rules?