Caryatid Column

Medium construct, unaligned

Armor Class 14 (natural armor)
Hit Points 45 (6d8 + 18)
Speed 20 ft.

16 (+3) 14 (+2) 16 (+3) 2 (-4) 11 (+0) 1 (-5)

Damage Resistances piercing and slashing damage from nonmagical weapons that aren’t adamantine
Damage Immunities poison, psychic
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages understands the languages of its creator but can’t speak
Challenge 2 (450 XP)

Special Traits

  • Immutable Form. The caryatid column is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form.
  • Magic Resistance. The caryatid column has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Magic Weapons. The caryatid column’s weapon attacks are magical.
  • Shatter Weapons. Whenever a character strikes a caryatid column with a non-adamantine, nonmagical weapon, the character must succeed on a DC 14 Strength saving throw or the weapon shatters into pieces.


  • Longsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (1d10 + 3) slashing damage.


An exquisitely sculpted and chiseled statue of a beautiful female warrior adorns the area, longsword in her hand.

A caryatid column is akin to the stone golem in that it is a magical construct created by a spellcaster. Caryatid columns are always created for a specific defensive function. The caryatid column stands 7 feet tall and weighs around 1,500 pounds. The column always wields a weapon (usually a longsword) in its left hand. The weapon itself is constructed of steel but is melded with the column and made of stone until the column animates. When melded, the sword is likely to be overlooked (DC 20 Perception check to see it).

Caryatid columns are programmed as guardians and activate when certain conditions or stipulations are met or broken (such as a living creature enters a chamber guarded by a caryatid column). A caryatid column attacks its opponents with its longsword. It does not move more than 50 feet from the area it is guarding or protecting.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Horrors © 2018, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors: Kevin Baase, Erica Balsley, John “Pexx” Barnhouse, Christopher Bishop, Casey Christofferson, Jim Collura, Andrea Costantini, Jayson ‘Rocky’ Gardner, Zach Glazar, Meghan Greene, Scott Greene, Lance Hawvermale, Travis Hawvermale, Ian S. Johnston, Bill Kenower, Patrick Lawinger, Rhiannon Louve, Ian McGarty, Edwin Nagy, James Patterson, Nathan Paul, Patrick N. Pilgrim, Clark Peterson, Anthony Pryor, Greg Ragland, Robert Schwalb, G. Scott Swift, Greg A. Vaughan, and Bill Webb