Friday, October 26, 2012

Fresh from the drawing table... Golem(Flesh)!

I have for you another drawing that is fresh from the drawing table. This time around it is a Flesh Golem! "G" is just full of cool monsters and with classic monsters like Goblins and the myriad of Giants the rest can get overlooked. I felt the Golem was overdue for some attention and it was the lucky winner for this third pass through the original Monster Manual. I present to you my version of a Golem (Flesh)…   

Golem (Flesh)
© 2012 Christopher Burdett
The Golem is one of those monsters that have been with us for a long time. Originating in Jewish folklore the Golem has been the perfect man made monster metaphor. Golem of Prague is my favorite of the stories. Though there are many variations of the story, the center of the story is that the Golem is constructed as a defense for the Jewish citizens and as the Golem grew it became more violent and eventually turns on its creators. That's good stuff! A precursor to Frankenstein's monster? With Frankenstein in mind I decided to make my first Golem the Flesh Golem. Mismatched and put together, this humanoid abominations is returned to life using powerful arcane rituals and magics. Incredibly powerful this creature is just as likely to turn on its creator as to be a problem for a band of adventures. While working on this I had some weird flashbacks from when I was on the design team for the Hallmark channels version of Frankenstein

My first 100 original Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual redesigns (A - Z): Aerial Servant, Ankheg, Ant (Giant), Ape (Carnivorous), Ape (Gorilla), Axe Beak, Axe Beak (version 2), Baboon, Badger, Barracuda, Basilisk, Baluchitherium, Bear (Black), Bear (Brown), Bear (Cave), Beaver (Giant), Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier, Beetle (Giant) - Boring, Beetle (Giant) - Fire, Beetle (Giant) - Rhinoceros, Beetle (Giant) - Stag, Beetle (Giant) - Water, Beholder, Black Pudding, Blink Dog, Boar (Giant), Boar (Warthog), Boar (Wild), Brain Mole, Brownie, Bugbear, Buffalo, Bulette, Carrion Crawler, Catoblepas, Cerebral Parasite, Chimera, Cockatrice, Coutal, Crab (Giant), Demon Type III (Glabrezu), Demon (Juiblex), Demon (Manes), Devil (Ice), Dragon (Red), Elemental (Earth), Ettin, Eye of the Deep, Flightless Bird, Frog (Giant), Fungi (Violet), Giant (Hill), Goblin, Golem (Flesh), Hobgoblin, Homunculus, Hydra, Imp, Intellect Devourer, Ixitxachitl, Jackal, Jacklewere, Jaguar, Ki-Rin, Kobold, Lich, Lizard (Giant), Lizardman, Manticore, Mind Flayer, Minotaur, Naga, Neo-Otygugh, Nixie, Ochre Jelly, Ogre, Owlbear, Peryton, Pixie, Purple Worm, Quasit, Ram (Giant), Roper, Rust Monster, Sahuagin, Salamander, Shambling Mound, Treant, Troglodyte, Troll, Umber Hulk, Unicorn, Vampire, Wasp (Giant), Wight, Wyvern, Xorn, Yeti, and Zombie.      

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, I will see you back here on Monday! Until then...

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