Iron Spike Golem
Kazarad the lich watched his minons strip the slain adventurers of their gear, and he being the meticulous type, the gear was sorted into piles. One of larger piles was a heap of iron spikes. 'Why do they all carry those damn things? What am _I_ supposed to with all of those? '
Then a moment of inspiration stuck him.....
The Iron Spike Golem is a massive golem composed of hundreds of rusty iron spikes forming a rough humanoid figure. Whenever it moves, the walking scrap heap creates a terrible noise.
The Iron Spike Golem has several major differences from the traditional Iron Golem though it is as brainless as most golems. The differences lie in its additional powers:
By sacrificing part of it's health, the golem can fling a swarm of iron spikes at it's target. These spikes can later be recovered and added back to the golem's health.
The Iron Spike Golem is able to adjust it's shape, up to the minimum dimension of 1 iron spike. Thus a long chain of spikes , a huge spiked sphere, or a large pancake-shape 1 spike thick can be formed.
As a result it is able to squeeze into small places, and then reform it's humanoid form, although if the opening is small, this process could take some time.
The mutable form allows the golem to sink into a simple pile of spikes in order to conceal it's presence (to a degree - how common are huge piles of iron spikes?).
On specific command by it's creator, the golem can permanently destroy itself in a massive storm of iron spikes, blasted out in all directions. The creator had best be far away, as no protection is provided against this.
The Golem is not as hard to damage as a solid iron golem, as the spikes that form it can be knocked away from the main mass of the golem. As a result, it takes less powerful magic weapons to hurt it. In addition, the increased surface area of the golem increases it's vulnerabililty to rust, acid and fire-based attacks.
Given time, the golem can gather spikes lost during battle and repair itself. It also cannot make use of spikes which were not present during it's creation.
Given the Iron Spike thread, I could not help but submit this little beastie :)
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A worthy guardian for the 101 Spikes scroll!
I really like this creature. 5/5
Ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.... *deep breath* hahahahahahahahahahahahaha *deep breath* hahahahahahah
'Arrrigt mens! Dis ratte bastah, he theenk he a goona cornair de market on de Espikes de Ferro! We agonna estoppe eem! We goeen in de towair an we agonna swipe he beeg pile o espikes!'
You're an evil, evil man.
That was priceless. Really it was. *wipes tear from eyes* You can see it happening.
This thing will make a perfect 101st entry into the scroll.
I definately take that as a compliment :)
Scrasamax envisions a writhing tentacle of rusty iron spikes battering people about, exploding into theface of unarmored mages and rogues, doing all sorts of horrible things, like leaving bloody corpses pinned to the wall. You are an evil, evil man Val.
Good Job val. The creature by itself is pretty basic, but with the 101 things to do with a spike thread it gains a new meaning.
I think the write up on this could have been so much better, but kudos for bringing it out. This is odd enough to make it worth reading and gives enough tid bits to flesh out for individual settings.
Agreed, but I was striking while the Iron was hot :)
Suggestions on beefing it up?
You know. Possibly a little backstory of the reason why or how it came into being. A little flesh to this iron golem would go a long way.
A pretty colouful beastie! I can well imagine that horrible sound it makes.
Oh, and the obligatory warning: scratches from rusty iron do not heal well, so be careful. :)
You an ebil, ebil man val.
What a sub, *falls to floor writhing in insane laughter*
The things you could do with one of tose are almost endless...
3.0 - Good Solid Idea
With the -Jack sub, it could be called a Scrapjack! :)
Actually, this is not a -jack, as the spikes are not connected by anything else than magic - so it is more of a classical golem (but still a funny one!).
I still love this one!
This is giving me some more ideas....
very nice idea
Update: Cleaned up a little and touched up the formatting a tad.
A really neat twist on a monster I've always found pretty boring. This is interesting, and looks like it'll be a lot of fun to throw at my players.