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October 30, 2006, 7:14 am

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The See-through Assassin


It sees you, can you see it? Even when the room is lit?
Funny how those shadows twist, as though the room were filled with mist.
But theres no mist, the room is clear! About now, you should start to fear.
clear your mind, take a last breath. For in a second, you’ll meet with death.

It seems that king Freiner had angered the wrong person. After bieng submitted to public humiliation as the king stripped the title of ‘duke’, from Demolius Ghith, the disgraced lord disappeared from both city and thoughts of the people in there, for many years. But the city, and especially the king, had not dissapeared from Demolius Ghith’s mind. No, the image of the king was in his thoughts at day, and his dreams at nights. All Demolius could think of was revenge. In his days of dukehood, he had often watched over the magi whilst they created the stone golems which were used for the cities defences, and, bieng a dabbler in magic himself, a plan began to formulate.

Using what fund he had gathered from his lordly duties, he hired a great glass-smith, and asked of him to create a beautiful statue entirely of glass. Made to be humanlike in physical makeup, but instead of hands, the arms merely converge into gigantic, glass spikes. So skilled was this glass-smith, that the golems curves and edges were such that they could not be seen. Purely crafted. Demolius thanked the glass-smith and ushered him out, before turning, looking hungrily on the barely visible statue. Yes… this was perfect.

So, Demolius Ghith set to work. Using many incantantations and much time, he imbued this statue with artificial life. And, as a final effort, he gave the golem a purpose - to destroy people with: auburn hair, dark-brown eyes, the height of 184 centimeters, slightly muscular - The exact image of the king Freiner.

And so, this invisible assassin set off. It entered the town without trouble - as the guard stone golems only set to interrogate LIFE forms. It entered the palace with ease, as the human guards saw only a faint flickering of light, and a faint tinkling sound as it walked. It passed the court magi with ease - as they were used to detecting the presence of golems, as they constantly make them. And it entered the throne room, walked, undetected up to the king who was seated on his throne, and skewered him with one of its sharp, cold arms. The onlookers who were in conference with the king merely saw him seated up there, and then abruptly, saw a hole open up in his chest. The king slumped over, the stunned onlookers screamed. But the golem did not stop at the king. It also killed one more man - an auburn haired man, with dark brown eyes, perhaps about 185 centimetres tall, and the look that he had done some field work in his life. In fact, the man was physically, not dissimilar to the king. After that, however, the golem left. Any blood which should have been on its arms dripped off seconds after it made contact, and so, it was all but invisible, once again.

Demolius Ghith never saw his golem again, but he did not overly care. He had gotten his revenge. He lived several years longer, then died due to heart failure.

But ever since then, the country has been searching for a murderer. One who slips from town to town, only killing a certain type of person. No matter how guarded that person is, it they always seem to die. Strangely, these murders have been going for almost a century… Is it the work of a copycat? Or maybe an immortal god seeking justice? How can any person live so long?

Magical Properties:

The See-Through Assassin is a magically animated golem made of glass. Its makeup is very well designed, so it cannot be seen with ease. In non-flickering light, people may notice the shadows acting strangely, but most artificial light sources are torches, so the shadows would just seem more frantic about it as the golem reflects the light. People may notice a glint of light, however, as the reflection shines in their eyes.

The only sound made by the golem is the faint ‘tinkling’ as it steps. If it senses it has been detected or heard, however, it WILL stop.

Demolius Ghith cast a self-sustained repelling spell on this golem - as a result, it never picks up dust, blood drips away from it and rain and snow will veer from it slightly.

Some of the more powerful magic users may feel an animated source somewhere around.

This item can be used however the GM wants it. They can alter the hunting specification of the golem to pick a certain physical makeup that one of the adventurers has. They could use it as a campaign start (The authorities have set a bounty for the ‘invisible slayer’. Find out what has been causing these murders!) They can just have it as a minor foe in a campaign (Perhaps in a cave, lit by the torches of the adventurers, with a small trickling waterfall to mask the sound of the golems footsteps :D)

Or for a particuarly nasty treat, why not have it in the middle of my setting=60“The Mirrored Plains”/setting? :D :D :D

Authors note
I’m afraid I havent quite gotten over my glass fever, it seems. Hopefully this will have stopped it ^_^

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May 7, 2004, 9:09
I love it!

May 7, 2004, 13:45
Strangely sinister. Another twist...maybe if you replace Duke Demolius with Lady Demolia, she could at some later date fall in love with a man with "auburn hair, dark-brown eyes, the height of 184 centimeters, slightly muscular"... He would never understand why it was she was so possessive of him, why she shuddered and panicked whenever there was a slight unexplained breeze. Maybe she would hire the players to protect him but obviously be unable to explain what it is she's so worried about...


(5/5 by the way!)
May 7, 2004, 20:34
Nice idea :) thanks for the comments.
Silas the Destroyer
May 11, 2004, 1:54
I love it. Was this partly inspired by Graf Malin? I doesn't matter either way. Again I say, exquisite beyond all other Golems.

.:IDEA:. RPG Battle Bots. Graf Malin vs. The See-through Assassin. They will battle in a battle which will have no winner. Who will win. Questions will be asked, and destroyed... BY ANSWERS!!

5/5 btw
May 11, 2004, 2:49
lol, very amusing, Silas. It was more inspired by some conversations I'd had about glass the last week or so :P

The See-through assassin has no blood, so I dont really know how you would get the Graf Malin to fight it, but if you could, I would say that it would win fairly easily. Once someone knows the golem is there, all it would take is one good mace-swing to shatter it, as compared to say, the thirty or more swings against a well-crafted stone golem. Its weak, but its weapons are sharp and it is extremely difficult to see, which are its high points. Thanks for the comment
May 22, 2004, 9:10
Very nice - no motivation for the murders, and the assassin does not have any quirks, behavior patterns etc. that could give him away - he does not steal, does not leave any scribbled notes/playing cards/stuffed animals behind. It has no fears, no body heat, no needs. It does not have a smell...

I guess the only weaknes is that glass is HEAVY ... almost like stone, remind you. But, in bright sunlight or particularly dusty areas (or if the ground is soft ... imagine a set of tracks appearing, progressing towards you!) the golem will be detected.

But: 5/5
January 25, 2006, 22:19
Voted Ria Hawk
March 23, 2006, 2:00
Only voted
Voted Murometz
April 9, 2006, 22:43
Love the name Demolius Ghith!! I believe everything else has been said!
Voted Pariah
May 14, 2006, 22:47
"Hey Bob, did you hear that?"
"Hear what?"
"That tinkling noi--urk"
Voted Cheka Man
May 27, 2008, 21:25
5/5 for this sinister being of glass.
Voted Moonlake
February 21, 2011, 1:48

A truly devious construct

Voted valadaar
March 12, 2015, 12:39
Not too shabby, though echo Echo's comments on the weight of glass.
Voted Dozus
March 12, 2015, 14:37
The weight thing could work. I'm picturing a very lithe golem, almost skeletal, and mostly hollow. I'm also picturing it as segmented, with multiple interlocking parts. I think the description is broad enough to make that work, no?

In any case, really cool idea, executed well.


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