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Iron golems were constructs made entirely out of iron.

DescriptionEdit

These constructs were generally made with a bipedal, humanoid shape,[6] but stylized to suit their creator. Though they typically were built to resemble some form of armor. The features of their comparatively smoother than that of a stone golem.[4]

The average iron golem was about 12 ft (3.7 m) tall and weighed 5,000 lb (2,300,000 g).[1]

BehaviorEdit

Iron golems were always dutifully obedient to whoever constructed them. When left in a room with no activity going on they would move into a dormant state, standing still.[6]

AbilityEdit

Like any golem, these constructs possessed an immunity to magic and could not be harmed by normal weaponry. Only weapons with an enchantment of +3 or greater and magical lightning was known to be capable of harming them. However, their bodies of were particularly vulnerable to rust monsters.[4][6]

The strength of these constructs was three times that of any flesh golem.[6] Due to the use of the spell cloudkill in their construction, iron golems were known to be capable of breathing out clouds of poisonous gas.[3][4][6]

CombatEdit

Much like a stone golem, these constructs relied heavily on their brute strength when fighting. However, unlike them an iron golem was known to wield swords, occasionally even enchanted ones, that were part of its construction.[4]

EcologyEdit

Like any construct, iron golems could be found anywhere across the Realms regardless of climate or terrain.[4]

CreationEdit

In older ages the combined cost of spell components and the 5,000 lb (2,300,000 g) of iron needed to construct an iron golem was around 80,000 gp. An ornate sword was also required — if the sword was magical, there was half a chance that its magic would be drained as the golem was animated. The construction process took about three months and forging of their body needed to be done by a smith skilled in working iron.[4]

Construction of these constructs could only be undertaken by magic-users of an 18th level or higher and required use of the spells cloudkill, geas, polymorph any object, and wish.[4][6] These spells could be cast by the user themselves or by means of an enchanted item, such as a scroll or wand.[4]

Alternatively, the construction of an iron golem could be undertaken by any individual that owned a manual of golems[7] or the Tome of the Unicorn.[8]

UsageEdit

Iron golems were typically used to guard locations or valuable items.[4]

Iron golems, called the dwarven statue golems, were used by inhabitants of the Dwarven Dungeons in Myth Drannor before its fall. In 1369 DR their magic was still strong and the constructs could be found still guarding the areas assigned to them hundreds of years prior.[9]

Iron golems were not only used by mortals; the gnome god Flandal Steelskin also sent them to the Material Plane to do his bidding.[10]

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Adventures
City of the Spider QueenCurse of StrahdElminster's Back DoorHalls of the High KingLost Tales of Myth DrannorThe Pipes of DoomStorm King's Thunder
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Ghosts of Saltmarsh
Card Games
AD&D Trading Cards
Comic Books
Forgotten Realms
Issue 1, The Ogre's PawIssue 2, Converging LinesIssue 3, The Great GameIssue 4, Fools Rush InIssue 5, The Dragon in the DaleIssue 6, DragonspawnIssue 7, DragonsmokerIssue 8, Dragons (and Other Beasts)Issue 9, The Morning AfterIssue 9, Head CheeeeseIssue 10, JasmineIssue 11, RivalsIssue 12, TrialIssue 13, Liches in LoveAnnual: Waterdhavian NightsIssue 15, PossessionsIssue 16, Mad Gods and PaladinsIssue 17, Divine RightsIssue 18, On Earth as it is in HeavenIssue 19, Picking up the PiecesIssue 20, TemptationsIssue 21, Cannibal GirlsIssue 22, Cat LogicIssue 23, Unreal EstateIssue 24, Everybody Wants to Run the RealmsIssue 25, The Wake of the Realms MasterTSR Worlds Annual 1 - "Forgotten Realms"
Board Games
Betrayal at Baldur's GateFaerûn Under Siege
Novels
Forsaken HouseInsurrection
Video games
Baldur's GateBaldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnDemon StoneDungeons and Dragons: NeverwinterIcewind DaleIcewind Dale: Trials of the LuremasterIcewind Dale IINeverwinter NightsNeverwinter Nights (AOL game)Neverwinter Nights 2: Mysteries of WestgatePools of DarknessPool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth DrannorTreasures of the Savage FrontierSecret of the Silver Blades
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Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter

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