What happens when the very fabric of magic is transformed into something else by accident. When the theories of transference are shattered due to lack of preperation and study?
As long as you do not experiement around your stash of magic scrolls, luckily you will never know.
Master Gatriuh. . .
Yes Steph? Have you finished your studies early again? I must try to give you work suited for your level apparently.
No Master, er yes master I am finished but I have strange news for you. I was returning some of my books to the lower library when I noticed a trail of torn paper coming from one of the alchemy rooms. When I entered I noticed a scorch mark in the wall where all the scrolls were kept, and the scrolls were gone.
What!?! Are you sure Steph? No one has been down there since that rock headed Bromhern who claimed he was a master transmografier or whatever he called himself, went missing. Fool.
Yes Master I am sure. I also heard rustling of parchment down the tunnels but I could not find it.
Then let us go look and hope all is well.
-Master Gatriuh, of the 5th Archive, Teacher and Scholar.
The Library City of Tasgall has always been a place of higher learning and study for everything magical. Conocha from all walks filtered to the city more than once in their lifetimes, studying what others had worked so hard for or researching their own methods and new items of power.
One such man by the name of Bromhern who titled himself a master of transformations, had been in the city for a few weeks and had alienated many of the current masters residing in the city for his arrogant attitude and seemingly limited knowledge when dealing with the mystic arts.
One such experiment that Bromhern had been working on, which concluded to be his last, was transferring a spell from a scroll onto a small item. His multiple attempts failed, along with expending a number of scrolls uselessly. His temper flared and in the process knocked a few items to the floor. It is not know if the process is deliberate or by shear accident, but in his ranting and careless spell throwing he bound an essence into a group of scrolls. This essence, gaining intelligence on its creation, realized its vulnerability quickly and did the only thing it could physically do. It began drawing every magical scroll, parchment, and tome within its reach into its forming body.
When Bromhern realized what was happening it was too late as the body now loomed a few feet over his head. At first it was a misshapen thing. More like a clutter of crumpled papers and parchments than an actual form. Then it began to take shape looking more humanoid like with every scroll is drew into its body. Bromhern was happy, ecstatic in fact at his new creation. No one he knew or read about had ever created such a creature, even as odd as it was. He finally had some backing to his boasts. It, however, didn’t feel the same about him. When he approached it, it lashed out with burst of crackling energy that hit Bromhern like a hammer. He was thrown into the far wall with a bone cracking hit. A puff of smoke and burned parchment lifted from the creatures shoulder and it winced in pain.
Bromhern, as incompetent as he was, was still a learned magician and launched an attack of his own. A ball of flame shot from his palm and careened toward the creature. A puff of ash and smoke was his only knowledge that something the creature did stopped the ball of flame from hitting it. But when the flame neared the creature it hit a shimmering wall of blue and the flame dissipated into nothing. The creature thrust its forming arm at the prone magician and portal of multi-colored hue opened at the magician’s feet and he fell into the open doorway. A bright flame erupted from the creatures shoulder and a large amount of ash and smoke puffed into the air. It roared in pain and sought out more of what it only thought of as continued life. Magic scrolls. It left in a scraping shamble into the tunnels and was only seen fleetingly before the city was destroyed in the war of the gods. Whether it is still there to this day no one knows. But rumors of a few more of these to have popped up over the years have filtered to magicians everywhere and they are looked for and hunted down before they can do more damage.
The creature will average to be around five feet tall. But stories of them being much larger, around sixteen feet, have been penned down in the history books. It looks nothing less than a humanoid creature covered in a mass of books and papers. Only closer inspection the scrolls and tomes are covered in runes and other mystic writings.
They have no culture, no desire to do anything but add to its existence by drawing in magical scrolls and tomes. Every time one is drawn in it gets a little stronger and bigger. It has a very defensive nature and will attack at the slightest form of aggression, or what it sees as aggression. It will also attack anything carrying a magical scroll or tome. The more powerful the item the more ferocious it will attack.
It has no real physical attacks, being made from paper and books it is rather frail and brittle. But what it does have is more powerful than any sword or axe it could wield. Every magical scroll and tome within its body is its weapons. It has the ability to draw on these whenever it chooses. It can cast the spells written within as easily as a fighter swings a mace. Doing so hurts it of its life and power, but if the risk is worth it, it will take it. Each spell it uses causes the scroll or page in the book it was penned on to burn and be lost forever. This causes pain to the creature on a scale of how powerful the spell was. The more it casts the more it hurts itself and depletes its energy.
After research and study has gone into these scroll gholems, it is thought they are created by a series of spells being combined with a wish scroll. The wish scroll acts like the heart for the creature and it will continue to function if the wish scroll is intact. If it were to be damaged or destroyed the creature would crumble into a pile of scrolls and books and forever be gone. It will unleash every spell it has before that happens though if given a chance. These creatures should be studies at a great distance and left alone if possible. Especially if carrying a scroll or magic tome.
They seem to be able to sense these magic items from great distances and can pinpoint the exact type within two hundred feet. It only needs to be within ten feet to draw in an item. It I touches one such item however it instantly is drawn into its form, only able to be returned to its owner if it is vanquished.
This is a Hewdamia submission before magic was changed, but can be used in any magical setting.
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The idea itself is nothing groundbreaking, but the presentation is where this shines. A story of creation, a physical description, and most importantly, a reason for why it behaves as it does is what separates it from the cookie-cutter golem it could have been. One more thing - I thought that the summary was a little awkward - perhaps this could be fixed with some commas and semicolons, to make it flow a little better?
Yeah I noticed that too... Ill try to fix it. I didn't like it either.
Well, I actually liked the 'excerpt from a conversation' format, but what you have now solved the problem just as well.
Major points for excellent presentation. I would make the intro shorter, but that is just me.
I actually think I saw another similar creature somewhere on the site. This is much better!
Really? find it if yo ucan I would be interested to see it.
I knew you would ask that :) I'll try. But quite sure I saw a lesser version. Kinda like a Scroll Golem jr.
the thing is I dont think I commented, so cant check that way. And for some reason I dont think it had golem or scroll in the title, so I cant find it that way either. But since I'm a bit obsesive compulsive I'll gve it a shot anyway.
Ah don't worry about it. I'm just a nutcase when it comes to an idea I have that I find out later has already been done.
Man, you have GOT to love the response times on this sub.
4/5 for the wonderful presentation. One of these would love to find a magical liberay, I think.
I like this a LOT. Golems rock (pun intended in some cases) and I really like this one. Reminds me a little of my post, in that it was a total accident than ended in the wizard's death. Overall, a great post, 5/5
Good Solid Post. I would actually see it of use in an Ars Magica game, but anywhere would be good. I like the little story, but it added little for me. Same with the personal history. This is a more class of critter, but it is a good post all around.
BUMP...bringing forth the superior (IMHO) of the Citadel's two Scroll Golems
I found the one you were speaking of in the forum threads. ChekaMan posted it up. I may have got the idea originally from that now that I think about it. No plagerising intended.
Actually it was Scroll Golem by Chaosmark
Yeah I knew it started with a C and had an M in it. :D
As I commented in my earlier comment, I agree with Murometz' statement. This golem is of far superior quality, both in substance and in class.
Can they understand human speech?
Being a being of magic born, form, and created by magic as well as a most powerful Wish spell (or equivalent) the answer is yes. However if you wish to make it more interesting I would say they could understand any speech that the books, tomes, or scrolls have been penned in.
I like these lines...It has no real physical attacks, being made from paper and books it is rather frail and brittle. But what it does have is more powerful than any sword or axe it could wield. Every magical scroll and tome within its body is its weapon.
I've always liked this golem. And you can branch out a lot of different ways with it too. Can they *learn* from tomes, besides the spells, for example? Can they acquire knowledge this way as well perhaps? Becoming Idiot Savants of sorts?
Always one of my favorite subs that had such replayability.
I realize I didn't answer this the first time. yes, they can learn from tomes and books that they acquire however they utilize only spell books, tomes, and scrolls as their weapons. Physically they are frail and weak, unless spells are used to augment themselves during combat, so physical labor is not an option to build traps, fortresses, etc. However learning about summoning spells and the like they would effectively be able to use those summing spells in the books and tomes that they assimilate to summon demons and the like. And as long as they have an arsenal of spells at their disposal they should be able to control said demons, undead, etc. Interesting thought.
Im not sure if I would let them learn to create their own spells I think that would make them a bit to powerful and unbalance them.
I like it.
Perhaps they could acquire a personality drawn from the 'voices' of the books authors. If one arose from a specific persons' works, they might have a personality similar to that author and gain more then primal motivations.
I like this creature.
Brushing the dust off of my account, just stopping by to say I actually used one of these in a game a while back and it threw the players for a loop. They didn't know what to do, especially when it started throwing spells at them. Fun times.