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The Golem is a creature with origins in Jewish mythology, legend and folklore. They are creatures made of an inanimate substance, commonly being earth or clay. Usually they are animated by magic to act as servants for those skilled in magic.
Physical appearance is largely determined by the material that they are made of. However, they often posses a humanoid form with limbs, a head, and fingers. Usually more detail is unnecessary and as such not added.
They are not known for a specific behavior besides their mechanical obedience to their master and the obeying of orders.
The qualities of golems often vary depending on what they are composed of. Most Golems are composed of earth in some form, such as clay or stone. Earth Golems are often very strong and durable, though they may be slower than some. Rare Golems are created out of a substance like air, water, or fire in which case they are possibly capable of utilizing that element. These types of Golems are far more difficult to make and most are the servants of people who are very skilled with magic.
Despite this, Most Golems have some abilities in common. Almost all do not have to eat, sleep or breathe. Few are intelligent enough to be affected by mind altering effects or hypnosis.
Aside from any weaknesses attributed to the material from which it is made, many Golems can be destroyed by foiling the mystic process by which they were created. For example, there are some Golems created by a mystic, and as a finishing touch, have an inscription of EMET across their foreheads.
The EMET ( אמת ) in Hebrew, means 'Truth' (perhaps some archaic form of patent or copyright or trademark, labeling the creature as an actual authentic golem, as opposed to, perhaps just a life-sized statue).
However, if a single letter (the starting E) is erased from the inscription on the Golem's forehead, all that is left is the inscription MET ( מת , which, in Hebrew, means 'Death' or 'Dead'). Thus, the Golem is rendered defunct, until a mystic can go through the process used to animate it in the first place, all over again.