Cliffhangers Adventures

The Candlemaker’s Fire
The Wax Golem
by Jesse Decker

This new golem is designed to work with the The Candlemaker’s Fire D&D Cliffhangers serialized module. However, Dungeon Masters can easily adapt it for their own scenarios as well.

Wax Golem

Medium-Sized Construct

Hit Dice:

3d10 (17 hp)

Initiative:

0

Speed:

30 ft. (can’t run)

AC:

15 (+5 natural)

Attacks:

2 slams +4 melee

Damage:

Slam 1d8+2

Face/Reach:

5 ft. by 5 ft./5 ft.

Special Abilities:

Special Qualities:

Construct, immunities, vulnerability to fire

Saves:

Fort: +1, Ref +1, Will +1

Abilities:

Str 15, Dex 10, Con -, Int -, Wis 11, Cha 1

Climate. Terrain:

Any land and underground

Organization:

Solitary or gang (2-4)

Challenge Rating:

3

Treasure:

None

Alignment:

Always neutral

Advancement:

Large (4-7 HD), Huge (8-13 HD)

Wax golems are magically created automatons similar to the more powerful golems found in the Monster Manual. Their construction is similar to that of their greater cousins, but not as taxing or as expensive. Like other golems, wax golems are inactive unless ordered by their creators or unless attacked. Wax golems are incapable of strategy or tactics. Unless directed by their creators, they simply attack the closest hostile creature.

Combat

Although wax golems are deadly to the unprepared, they are nowhere near as powerful as other golems. They are emotionless and implacable, and they follow their creator’s orders to the letter. Less powerful magic is used in their creation than with other types of golems, so they do not gain the benefit of magic immunity that other golems do. Similarly, wax golems do not posses most of the supernatural or extraordinary abilities that other golems have.

Construct: Immune to mind-influencing effects, poison, disease, and similar effects. Not subject to critical hits, subdual damage, energy drain, or death from massive damage.

Immunities (Ex): Because their pliable bodies can absorb blows easily, wax golems take only half damage from bludgeoning weapons.

Resistances (Ex): Wax golems have electricity resistance 10.

Vulnerability: The wax golem takes double damage from fire unless a saving throw for half damage is allowed, in which case it takes half damage on a success and double damage on a failure.

Construction

It takes a tremendous amount of wax to create a wax golem. In order for the golem to be successfully completed, the wax must come from the same source. This means patient harvesting of beeswax over several seasons, or a large supply of a mineral-based wax such as paraffin.

The golem costs 8,000 gp to create, which includes 250 gp for the construction of the body. Assembling the body requires a successful Craft (sculpting) check (DC 12).

The creator must be 5th level and able to cast arcane spells. Completing the ritual drains 160 XP from the creator and requires resist elements, suggestion, and unseen servant.

About the Author

Before becoming managing editor of TopDeck magazine , Jesse Decker worked as assistant editor for Dragon . His previous Cliffhangers adventure, Unearthing the Past , appeared in August.

 



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