Can a Steel Defender be infused?

I am looking at the Steel Defender for the Battle Smith Artificier in ERLW. It is a construct

STEEL DEFENDER Medium construct, neutral

Armor Class 15 (natural armor) Hit Points equal the steel defender’s Constitution modifier + your I ntell igence modifier + five times your level in this class Speed 40 ft.

STR 14 (+2) DEX 12 (+1) CON 14 (+2)

INT 4 (-4) WIS 10 (+O) CHA 6 (-2)

Would you be able to infuse the Steel defender?
Enhanced defence I could see working, but would all infusions work?

The Steel Defender has natural armor, but would that count as wearing the armor?

Are you able to change the appearance of a Steel Defender after creating it?

I’m playing a Battle Smith Artificer currently, and my DM is a very by-the-books kind of guy. When the question came up of whether or not I could change its appearance, he just said “if it’s in the book.”

From the entry for the Steel Defender, it just says that you determine its appearance and whether it has 2 or 4 legs. Given this, we can’t decide if its appearance is static upon creation, or if it can be changed on a whim without creating a new one.


Can a defender defend against any number of attacks?

In non-group combat the defender rolls a defend roll against the attacker’s attack. So far pretty basic and clear. Now our group was wondering what happens if multiple, say 3, attackers all go for one target:

  • Does the defender get his full defence roll against each and every attack?
  • Is there some limit/penalty/… to defend against multiple assailants?

The penalty when defending against multiple enemies is pretty common in other systems I know, so I was a bit astonished not to find something in the basic rules. I also checked in the extended combat rules in Lords of Men, but couldn’t find anything on the topic.(That could just be me though).

The reason that this is a problem: our group created our first bunch of grogs and their combat stats are not in a similar range – thus they can’t fight in a group (trained or untrained). Also they are fairly weak, so to overcome any strong foe they would need to gang up on it – making the question how said foe could defend central.

Note for answers: the solution needs to be for simple A-attacks-B combat, and not the more complex A-tries-to-attack-C-while-B-is-defending-C scheme, for which rules exist.

Does a lack of verified signatures for Windows Defender indicate malware?

I ran “autoruns” from Windows Sysinternals on a Windows 10 machine, and noticed that the Windows Defender services were marked in red colour, and did not have verified signatures. I checked these services on another machine and found that they were all verified as expected.

Does this mean the Windows Defender on my machine is malware? If so, how can I remove it and reinstall a clean Windows Defender? Running the thorough offline-scan did not help.


Running MalwareBytes & Spybot without Defender stepping aside

For years, I had Microsoft Security Essential on Windows 7, and I installed MalwareBytes and Spybot Search & Destroy. I deactivated real time components of the non-native antimalware products. On the odd occassion in which I needed to execute a downloaded file (e.g., to install something), I would update all 3 databases and scan the file.

I just bought a Windows 10 computer because Windows 7 is no longer supported. I want the native Windows Defender to be the main antimalware. Web searching confirms that I should de-activate real time components of non-native antimalware. But it also reveals that Defender steps aside if another antimalware program is detected.

Does that mean it is not sufficient to simply turn off non-native real time components?

How would I make Defender to be the main antimalware, with MalwareBytes and Spybot only for on-demand scans of selected files or file trees?

Most secure linux equivalent to Shadow Defender for live CD-like nonpersistency with no traces left (or traces that are encrypted)

Virtualisation can do reasonably secure nonpersistent drives. Would rather not rely on this alone but also have a host that is nonpersistent too. A live DVD as a host leaves no traces and is physically impossible to permanently infect/own but not very practical to carry around. A live USB flash drive is more practical. Another option is grub2 configured to boot from an ISO image in an internal hard drive.

In Windows there is Shadow Defender that intercepts all writes to disk and makes them nonpersistent by storing deltas instead. The deltas are stored in an encrypted format so in the event of a power-down they cannot be recovered easily. This software is hard to bypass because it uses a driver stub that loads very early in the boot sequence. What can one do in linux that is as securely nonpersistent as Shadow Defender or better?

Is grub2 boot from an ISO image as effective?

Are bootable USB flash drives made with Rufus given any bootable ISO image as effective?

What about fsprotect, is it any better than grub2 boot from an ISO image?

Anything else?

Distros proposed for the host: anything hardened like Pure OS, Astra Linux, Kodachi. Preferably Secure Boot signed.

Which is the most hardened option?

FUD payload connection over 443 (meterpreter behavior) still being detected by Windows Defender

I’ve managed to create a obfuscated shellcode that is compatible with windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp and windows/shell/reverse_tcp (metasploit) payload’s handlers. When testing with metasploit listening with windows/shell/reverse_tcp payload the connection is not detected, when I test with metasploit listening with windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp set the behavior is detected. The detection seems to post connection..

Is there additional options/variables I can set in the windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp payload handler to evade antivirus (windows defender) detecting meterpreter behavior?

I’m looking to evade detection server side (metasploit listener options), not client side I’ve done that.

Do the Deflect Attack from the Steel Defender apply to all attacks from the chosen creature?

In the new Eberron Book, the Battlesmith subclass grants you a Steel Defender that can use its reaction to give disadvantage on attacks roll of a creature.

It can move and use its reaction on its own, . . .*

Deflect Attack. The defender imposes disadvantage on the attack roll of one creature it can see that is within 5 feet of it, provided the attack roll is against a creature other than the defender.

Does the disadvantage apply to all attacks the chosen creature, or just to one of its attacks?

Does an Iron Defender mounted by an artificer still get its actions, if commanded?

Playing a human artificer battle smith with the spell Enlarge/Reduce, I want to use the Steel Defender as a mount. It is a medium size construct that becomes large size under the effects of the spell.

You may design the Steel Defender as you like, given that:

You determine the creatures appearance and whether it has two legs or four; your choice has no effect on its game statistics. (Eberron – Rising From the Last War, pg.61)

Even though it has “no effect on game statistics,” we can assume we care enough to design it in such a way it may act as a suitable mount.

The PHB rules for a mount in combat state, on pg.198:

…and it has only three action options: Dash, Disengage, and Dodge.

But also says, shortly after:

An independent mount retains its place in the initiative order. Bearing a rider puts no restrictions on the actions the mount can take, and it moves and acts as it wishes. (emphasis mine)

The Steel Defender has an intelligence of 4, meaning it does not automatically (and always) act as an independent mount (it is not sufficiently intelligent). Yet, according to this question and accepted/upvoted answer all mounts may act independently.

Yet in the rules-text for the Steel Defender (pg.61 of Eberron – Rising From the Last War) it says:

It can move and use its reaction on its own, but the only action it takes on its turn is the Dodge action, unless you take a bonus action on your turn to command it…

One more relevant rule:

…the Steel Defender shares your initiative count, but it takes its turn directly after yours.

Which is the same as the PHB rules for a mounted creature.

If I use my bonus action on my turn to command it while mounted, may it still use its Force-Empowered Rend or Repair action on its turn?

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Does a controlled mount share its rider’s turn?

Can a controlled mount make an Opportunity Attack?

Essentially what I’m going for (Image from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius):

Power Armour

Not that the rules care what it looks like. It could just as easily be a mechanical horse.

How many hit points does the Battle Smith Artificer’s iron defender have?

The iron defender’s stat block, under “hit points” says the following:

equal to five times your level in this class + your Intelligence modifier + the iron defender’s Constitution modifier

I could read this two ways:

Way 1:

equal to five times (your level in this class) + your Intelligence modifier + the iron defender’s Constitution modifier

Or way 2:

equal to five times (your level in this class + your Intelligence modifier + the iron defender’s Constitution modifier)

Which of these readings is correct?