Monday, September 23, 2013

A Look at Accursed Golems


Golems are the created beings of the Accursed world, and if you're a Ravenloft fan you're probably used to the idea of the intelligent Golem. Golems are created by The Crone and can be comprised of anything: Flesh, straw, stone, glass, etc. Here are two Golems, one made of wood and one made of stone.


I didn't use the same conceit with Golems that I did with Dhampirs, where they started from similar origins and took opposite roads. These are merely two separate Golems from the opposite ends of the Golem spectrum, organic materials and inorganic materials.

ROWAN "REDWOOD" MATTHIAS

"The Redwood", as Rowan was known as during the Bane War, was a gifted field tactician who stood firm in the face of danger, ordering his men forward and devising plans of victory. When The Crone got ahold of him, she transformed him into his namesake: A tree-like golem. Now the Redwood rallies his soldiers around him once more, convinced that his tactical genius will be enough to triumph against The Crone's forces. His tree-like visage, complete with goggles to compensate for his impaired vision, strikes a fearsome, steadfast image, surrounded by soldiers willing to lay their lives down fighting for what's right and just.

Name: Rowan “Redwood” Matthias
Witchbreed: Golems
Rank: Veteran

Agility: d6
Smarts: d10
Spirit: d8
Strength: d6
Vigor: d8

Charisma: 0
Pace: 6
Parry: 5
Toughness: 9

Acceptance/Defiance: Acceptance Level 1

Skills
Fighting d6
Guts d8
Intimidation d8
Knowledge (Battle) d12
Notice d6
Persuasion d6
Repair d6
Shooting d6

Hindrances
Arrogant
Bad Eyes
Loyal

Edges
Brawny
Command
Command Presence
Officer of the Alliance

Racial Package
  Constructed: The Golem has the Construct ability.
  Deliberate: Agility can go no higher than d6.
  Hulking: +2 Toughness.
  Weakness: +4 Damage from Fire
  Hardy
  Notice Tests -2 

Witchmark
  Witchbreed Sense
  Drawn to Those in Need
  Witchspeak
  Warning

Gear
Flintlock Pistol, Short Sword

GRANITE JACK

Jack Butler was always a big, stubborn man...but The Crone took his inner essence and manifested it in startling fashion, transforming him into a giant man of stone. Granite Jack is slow and not very bright, but he's a terrifying sight when he does move into action, preferring to eschew weapons and pummel his opponents with his bare, rocky hands. Being a Golem, he's already quick to recover from being stunned, and he's accepted the stone facet of himself, making him harder still to wound. Pray that you are on his side, because Granite Jack is a veritable juggernaut who will only become more terrifying as his strength and ability grows.

Name: Granite Jack
Witchbreed: Golems
Rank: Novice

Agility: d4
Smarts: d4
Spirit: d6
Strength: d10
Vigor: d8

Charisma: -2
Pace: 6”
Parry: 7
Toughness: 8

Acceptance/Defiance: 0

Skills
Climbing d4
Fighting d10
Guts d6
Intimidation d6
Notice d4
Survival d4
Taunt d4

Hindrances
Slow
Stubborn
Ugly

Edges
Hard to Kill
Luck
Martial Artist
True To Its Origin

Racial Package
  Constructed: The Golem has the Construct ability.
  Deliberate: Agility can go no higher than d6.
  Hulking: +2 Toughness.
  Weakness: +4 Damage from Blunt Force Damage

Witchmark
  Witchbreed Sense
  Drawn to Those in Need

Unarmed Attacks (Str+d4)

Thoughts: Granite Jack is a scary, scary bruiser. Why? Because I dumped Agility and Smarts, which makes him vulnerable to Tricks, but True To Its Origin (which may be getting excised) gives him Hardy (which prevents wounds from two Shaken results), and Construct essentially gives him Combat Reflexes (and his Spirit's d6 and can easily rise). Yeah, Fighting d10 was expensive, but he needs it as his Agility locks him out of a lot of the cool combat Edges.

Redwood was fun, inspired a bit by seeing the book carrying, glasses wearing Golem in the Accursed art...but with a twist, making him a military genius instead.

Mongrels are up next, and I'll try to make it a point to delve into Arcane Backgrounds with that one.