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Golem, Book

Medium construct, chaotic neutral

Armor Class 14
Hit Points 93 (17d8 + 17)
Speed 30 ft.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 18 (+4) 12 (+1) 5 (-3) 10 (+0) 1 (-1)

Damage Immunities poison; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical attacks not made with adamantine weapon
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages understands the languages of its creator but can’t speak
Challenge 4 (1,100 XP)

Special Traits

  • Immutable Form. The golem is immune to any spell or effect that would alter its form.
  • Magic Resistance. The golem has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Magic Weapons. The golem’s weapon attacks are magical.

Actions

  • Multiattack. Creature makes three attacks with its bookbindings.
  • Bookbindings. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 10 (2d6+3) bludgeoning damage.
  • Flurry of Pages. The book golem causes pages to tear from the many tomes that comprise its body and send them in a fluttery flurry towards any target within 60 feet. The target must make a DC 14 Dexterity saving throw, taking 10 (3d6) slashing damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The flurry of pages also obscures the targets vision causing them to make melee or ranged attacks with disadvantage). A book golem can have only one active flurry at a time but may move the effect to another target within 30 feet of the first affected target as a bonus action.

About

Comprised of various tomes stacked into the shape of a humanoid, constructing a book golem requires no less than four tomes per limb along with mystical unguents and bindings. Any book can be used, although several wizards have found that crafting tomes of knowledge and learning seems to grant the golem a sense of cunning and personality (and just as many have discredited that as wishful thinking). Several attempts to create a book golem with access to the spells contained within tomes bound into its body have thus far proved unsuccessful. A book golem stands 8 feet tall and weighs 500 pounds.

Learned Freedom. A book golem is a construct with no free will of its own and only a dim intellect, designed and made for a specific purpose and bound to follow the orders given to it at the time of its creation along with simple commands from the person it has been bonded to obey. It has no possessions and no weapons. Book golems cannot speak, although they can emit an unsettling whisper with their pages; they move stiffly, as if not in complete control of their bodies. There are persistent rumors of some that gain the collected knowledge printed upon the many pages comprising their body, but such more intelligent book golems are a barely explored concept, treated as fanciful stories from old wizards.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

The Dragon’s Hoard #2 © 2021, Legendary Games; Lead Designer: Jason Nelson. Authors Matt Kimmel, Michael “solomani” Mifsud, Scott D. Young, Mark Hart, and Jeff Ibach.