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Golem, Lesser

Some golems are made by the concentrated work of dozens or hundreds of priests, wizards, or other enchanters, focusing all their efforts on a suitably impressive display of their god’s power or their arcane mastery. Others are thrown together by apprentices on a bet or just to prove that hair can, indeed, be animated as a construct. The latter are the lesser golems, a set of golems that are rather easy to create but are often rather feeble when compared to their full-fledged brethren.

Small construct, unaligned

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 45 (10d6 + 10)
Speed 20 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
10 (+0) 15 (+2) 13 (+1) 3 (–4) 8 (–1) 1 (–5)

Damage Vulnerabilities bludgeoning
Damage Resistances piercing and slashing from nonmagical attacks not made with adamantine
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 9 Languages understands the languages of its creator but can’t speak
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Special Traits

  • Immutable Form. The golem is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form.
  • Magic Resistance. The glass golem has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Construct Nature. A golem doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

Actions

  • Shard. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 2) slashing damage.

Reactions

  • Shatter. When a glass golem takes bludgeoning damage, it can make one shard attack against each creature within 5 feet of it.

About

Mundane Materials. The lesser golems of hair and mud are simply animated piles of those materials. Those made of glass and wood are sturdier and often ornamented in some fashion but are far less robust that iron or clay.

Temple and Workshop Helpers. In many instances, a lesser golem is conjured or animated to remove some of the drudgery of daily tasks. Initiate priests ask a hair golem to sweep the floors and remove spent candles from chapels. Apprentice alchemists set mud or glass golems to stir cauldrons, pulverize noxious minerals, or feed fires.

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