Stone golems were constructed from a single piece of carefully chiseled stone. The most elegant stone golems were used as both guardians and art pieces in a magical building.
Description[edit | edit source]
These constructs were generally made with a bipedal, humanoid shape, but stylized to suit their creator. Appearing as merely beautiful statues until commanded by their master to move and act. They were almost never outfitted with any sort of weaponry or armor.
Behavior[edit | edit source]
Stone golems were emotionless constructs who could not be reasoned with, always dutifully obedient to whoever constructed them, and could be given simple commands. They could even be commanded to fall into a dormant state, then come to life and attack other creatures when hostile actions are detected.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
Like any golem, these constructs possessed an immunity to magic and could not be harmed by normal weaponry. Only weapons with an enchantment of +2 or greater were capable of harming them, though this could be bypassed by use of the spell flesh to stone.
The strength of these golems was twice that of any flesh golem. Due to the spell being used in their construction, a stone golem was capable of casting slow at any creature within 1 foot (0.3 meters) of it.
Combat[edit | edit source]
Stone golems always fought with their brute strength and fists. They would never wield weapons, even if ordered to.
Variants[edit | edit source]
A rare variety of stone golems that could be found in the Hordelands. These golems were created by wu jen and given a mind of their own. They were adept at implementing martial arts maneuvers like throws during combat.
Ecology[edit | edit source]
Like any construct, stone golems could be found anywhere across the Realms regardless of climate or terrain.
Creation[edit | edit source]
In older ages the cost of materials needed to construct a stone golem was around 60,000 gp, and the process took about two months. Skilled laborers, such as stone masons and dwarves, were often hired to carve the golem from its single block of hard stone. Construction of these constructs could only be undertaken by magic-users of a 16th level or higher and required use of the spells geas, polymorph any object, slow and wish. These spells could be cast by the user themselves or by means of an enchanted item, such as a scroll or wand.
Usage[edit | edit source]
Stone golems were typically used to guard locations or valuable items.
Notable Stone Golems[edit | edit source]
- A stone golem was constructed to defend the tomb of Reinhar I that was uniquely shaped to resemble a lion.
Appendix[edit | edit source]
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See Also[edit | edit source]
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Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Dungeon #28: "Visitors from Above" • Dungeon #30: "Elminster's Back Door" • Spellbound: The Runes of Chaos • Dungeon #79: "The Akriloth" • Dungeon #196: "Baba Yaga's Dancing Hut" • Candlekeep Mysteries: "The Scrivener's Tale"
- Video Games
- Gateway to the Savage Frontier • Blood & Magic • Baldur's Gate II:Shadows of Amn • Neverwinter Nights • Neverwinter • Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms • Neverwinter Nights: Tyrants of the Moonsea • Warriors of Waterdeep
References[edit | edit source]
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 167, 170. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
- Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 136–137. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- David "Zeb" Cook et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8738-6.
- Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 166. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 48. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 49. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- Troy Denning (1990). Storm Riders. (TSR, Inc), p. 38. ISBN 0-88038-834-X.
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt (2014). Dungeon Master's Guide 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 180. ISBN 978-0786965622.
- Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Three: Erlkazar & Folk of Intrigue. (TSR, Inc), p. 10. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
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Connections[edit | edit source]
Flesh (Blood • Brain • Demonflesh • Fiendish flesh • Nyraala) • Gemstone (Diamond • Emerald • Ruby)
Gloom • Hammer • Ice • Iron (Furnace) • Lightning • Magic • Minogon • Necrophidius • Sand • Scarecrow • Siege golem • Snow
Stained glass • Stone (Spiderstone • Stone guardian • Stone juggernaut) • Thayan golem • Vault guardian