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Newbiespud 18th Feb 2017, 5:00 AM edit delete
What with how much gold gets left around in places with lots of ambient magic, I'm somewhat surprised treasure golems aren't a lot more commonplace.

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Seido 18th Feb 2017, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
Were there any golems in the show? Any kind at all?
Toric 18th Feb 2017, 6:09 AM edit delete reply
Only if you count the Smooze, (he's prolly more like an ooze though); otherwise the closest you get is a few animated objects via Discord. Seems like someone should have brought a statue or snowpony to life by now though...
CCC 18th Feb 2017, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
Twilight once animated a snowplough with a 'come-to-life' spell. I guess that could count as a golem?
Emptybee 18th Feb 2017, 9:11 AM edit delete reply
The timberwolves. Although, since they'e animated by the Everfree's ambient magic instead of a wizard, not everyone would agree.
FanOfMostEverything 18th Feb 2017, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
I generally classify them as elementals, though I've also seen them portrayed as a very mobile sort of seedpod that plant themselves after they've fertilized the area with enough corpses.
Ashram 19th Feb 2017, 4:16 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'd classify those as magical beasts, or maybe fey, but not constructs.
Freelance 18th Feb 2017, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
I don't care that it wasn't part of the show, there should have been a picture of the gold golem from the Dragon Quest series in here somehow for the punchline.
ANW 18th Feb 2017, 5:16 AM edit delete reply
I had a different type of survey, but the AN gave me a light bulb.
Favorite type of golem.
Me:solid clouds.
You might be thinking 'that's nothing'
The average cloud weighs 1,000,000 pounds.
Now condensed that into a solid golem.
Not so crazy, is it?
Z 18th Feb 2017, 5:45 AM edit delete reply
Would really just be a water golem at that point, I think.
Toric 18th Feb 2017, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
Also, you're assuming that the whole cloud would be one golem, which is rather unreasonable. If you take the average size of a golem (generally large to huge, 8-16 feet tall and 2-4 times the thickness of a human), you'd end up using much less of the cloud to fill that space. You could argue of course that extra would be used for density, but clouds are hundreds of meters wide, sometimes more.

As far as golems go, my favorite is probably the junk golem. They discorporate, swarm, heal in rubbish-filled areas, and give people tetanus. And some magical mook just threw them together with what they had.
aerion111 18th Feb 2017, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Clouds is more in the 'elementals' sphere, and there ARE cloud elementals - they're generally a midpoint between water and air, obviously - but they're not as common as the more obvious elemental versions.
I'm a fan of metal golems; Basically, make a robot, but exchange complicated (and fragile) internal clockworks with just sheer magical force.
Why use weak materials like flesh and rubbish when golems are so hard to make at all? Use the best materials you can find.
If you need SOME discount, you don't need it to be solid steel; A thick 'skin' of metal, either around a hollow inside or around cheaper materials, is plenty.
Greenhornet 18th Feb 2017, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
The Superfriends fought a giant "water golem" in one episode, although it wasn't identified as such.
As for aerion111's suggestion, wouldn't the T-1000 be a "liquid metal golem"?
aerion111 18th Feb 2017, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
Eh, if you wanted to build the T-1000s in DnD, you could go that route.
But if you just want to describe what they are in the original product? Nah, they're constructs, just using very 'soft' sci-fi tech.
Anvildude 18th Feb 2017, 9:58 PM edit delete reply
I think my favorite is actually the good old-fashioned Clay Golem. You can have a lot of variations on that theme, from gloppy Clayface-style mudmen, hardened-but-malleable like the one in Supernatural, fired ceramic like in Discworld... You could have a China golem, made up to be really fancy and delicate looking, or a terracotta soldier set to guard his Emperor's tomb.

I think what I like most about them, though, is the connected lore, and their traditional role of Protectors. The Clay Golem is no weapon or simple tool, but a Shield given Will. I like that.
Digo Dragon 19th Feb 2017, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I had created a Treasure Golem, made up of coins, loot, and magical goods. It can even use some of the magic items in itself too, like rings and rods.
Dragonflight 20th Feb 2017, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
My favorite is the Chocolate Golem.

That's right. :)

It's a throwaway construct from an x-rated "April Fools" kind of gaming module produced as a joke module based on the "Fear of Girls" video.
Arix 18th Feb 2017, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
I once had a sort of treasure golem in a campaign I was running. Sort of. The story was that he was an old dragon whose greed was so great, that upon his death, his soul possessed his own hoard so that he could guard it for all eternity.

So, basically a dracolich made out of treasure.
ChaosStar0 18th Feb 2017, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
aka Glaurung from Fallout is Dragons.
Random Person 18th Feb 2017, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
That would be a hoard dragon, and yes their breath weapon is a blast of coins.
Digo Dragon 19th Feb 2017, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Final Fantasy taught me that getting hit by money is one of the most lethal attacks ever. :3

I defeated the final boss of FF5 by spamming money toss attacks.
CCC 20th Feb 2017, 2:22 AM edit delete reply
In ADOM, if you get a shopkeeper angry with you, he throws coins.

"most lethal attack ever" is a pretty apt description of the result.
grtgfbll 18th Feb 2017, 7:21 AM edit delete reply
Two words: Glass Golem. Doesn't sound too bad? How about one filled with acid or poisen gas? Not to mention the fact that every attack against one only makes it more dangerous, after all, broken beer bottles have been a go to weapon in bar fights for a reason...
ANW 18th Feb 2017, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Ooo idea.
Glass lava golem.
Attack up close, get hurt by the lava.
The glass protects the lava from cold and water spells.
Before anyone says anything, the lava won't melt the glass, cause of magic.
Digo Dragon 19th Feb 2017, 5:57 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
A protection from fire spell ought to prevent the lava damage.
Thor 20th Feb 2017, 9:57 PM edit delete reply
Lava traditionally does 20d6 on the round of contact and 10d6 the next round or 50d6 when immersed and 25d6 next round. Protection from fire will work but it won't stand up to lava for long. This is 3rd ed or Pathfinder since that's what I'm familiar with.

If you aren't immune to fire lava is not something to be messed with.
Night Writer 18th Feb 2017, 9:01 AM edit delete reply
IIRC, the "Tome of Horrors" (originally for D&D 3/3.5 but there's a Pathfinder-updated edition) has something like a treasure golem in it. Though that might be an ooze that looks like gold coins, I can't quite recall. But the overall effect is like "mimic, but a pile of gold without the chest."
Jason Shadow 18th Feb 2017, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
One of my favorite variations on the Treasure Golem is the Piñata Golem. Whether it's filled with the standard gold-and-jewels or the more traditional candy, it still makes for great imagery when an adventurer busts one open...
Big Lurker 18th Feb 2017, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
There was a magic sword in an early 3.0 adventure that had the ability to animate a pile of treasure into a draconic shape. Likewise, I once had a party attacked by a mobile 'piggy bank'. It looked like an animated suit of plate mail, but when reduced to 0 HP, it 'broke open' and they were attacked by the gold (used a swarm of gold bugs from Draconomicon for stats)...
Winged Cat 18th Feb 2017, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
Winged Cat
I once played a treasure-loving sorceress in a raid on a cavern littered with gold coins, which became the scene of a fire fight with so much fire, the coins started melting. Desperate, the sorceress summoned a gold elemental, dividing its soul to animate some of the coins to throw as many of the rest as they could into her sack.

The demon we were fighting paused at that, and offered to let us go if we would give him the elemental. That deal was struck - but joke on the demon, when the elemental's summon timer ended moments after we left, sending the elemental back home and leaving the demon with melting, inanimate gold.
Limey Lassen 18th Feb 2017, 6:19 PM edit delete reply
Limey Lassen
"my little barbarian"
Anvildude 18th Feb 2017, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
I know, right?
Dusk Raven 19th Feb 2017, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
Good thing she respects Celestia! Wasn't she the one who gave the most snark at having to bow to her after defeating Nightmare Moon?
Aohaku 18th Feb 2017, 9:32 PM edit delete reply
My favorite golem variant is the Blood Golem. Only needs the blood of your enemies and some magical gooblygock to make and can drain its enemies' blood to repair itself. Plus it's scary as all getout.
Jay 19th Feb 2017, 12:59 AM edit delete reply
Treasure golems, eh? That's as good an explanation for mimics as any other system might come up with!
Alchemy 19th Feb 2017, 7:04 PM edit delete reply
My favorite kind of golem is this guy:

Bombom13 20th Feb 2017, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
As I DM I once set a treasure-golem-thing upon one of my players. It was really a bunch of individual enchanted coins, which could fuze together or separate at will. There were eventually so many of them, they nearly drowned the players. It was fun, and they probably deserved to drown in treasure after all the treasure they had been hoarding up.