Friday, September 15, 2017

Endless Whispers: Golems

Why was I not made of stone like thee?
-The Hunchback of Notre Dame, by Victor Hugo

The ceaseless, sprawling, dark glades of the Starlight Forest are many-templed and peopled in lonely places by statues which are not statues: golems.  These silent watchers provide roosts for birds and shade for snails - until a magic user passes by.  Golems are drawn to magic as a moth is to flame - but unlike moths, they are made of a substance which does not burn.  And the stronger the inferno, the more the golem is energized.



Gold Golems are walking treasure troves, driven to violence by magic.

Crystal Golems transmute magic energy into spiritual power.

This energy can be distributed to allies.

Blood Golems are dripping nightmares of translucent flesh.

Magic fills them with hideous vitality.

Clay Golems have a reputation for being unstable and prone to terrible violence.