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Reaper Bones review #213: Stone Golem

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Stone Golem

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James van Schaik's sculpt, unlike the clay golem, actually looks like it's made from stone. This goes a long way towards making it look like a golem instead of just a partially naked angry guy. The flat head and Roman-style attire, along with the pitted texture of his skin, really makes him look like a statue that just woke up.

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The golem has been with Dungeons & Dragons since the original Greyhawk supplement:

Golems are magical constructs made of inert matter animated by high-level spellcasters through the use of powerful spells during magical rituals. The main aspect differentiating one type of golem from another is the material from which it is built. There are four standard types of golems, from weakest to strongest: flesh golems, clay golems, stone golems and iron golems.

Unlike the clay golem, which has its roots in Rabbinical lore, and flesh golem, which is descended from Frankenstein's monster, the stone golem is an older tradition going all the way back to the legend of Pygmalion and Galatea. Galatea was associated with statues after pastoral fiction came into vogue in the seventeenth century, animated by the daemon of Pygmalion's goddess, Aphrodite. The slow effect that stone golems can inflict on opponents seem to be a Gygaxian invention to balance the relatively cumbrous nature of the golem.

You can purchase this miniature at Amazon.

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