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Golem Manuals

Source Construct Handbook pg. 17, Ultimate Equipment pg. 300, PRPG Core Rulebook pg. 1
Aura varies; CL varies
Slot nonePrice 3,000 gp (Junk), 4,000 gp (Wax), 5,000 gp (Ice), 6,000 gp (Wood), 8,000 gp (Flesh), 10,000 gp (Alchemical), 10,000 gp (Glass), 12,000 gp (Bone), 12,000 gp (Clay), 15,000 gp (Sand), 17,500 gp (Coral), 20,000 gp (Lead), 22,000 gp (Stone), 30,000 gp (Carrion), 35,000 gp (Clockwork), 35,000 gp (Iron), 37,500 gp (Fossil), 40,000 gp (Crystal), 40,000 gp (Obsidian), 44,000 gp (Stone Guardian), 55,000 gp (Brass), 60,000 gp (Cannon), 65,000 gp (Dragonhide), 65,000 gp (Gold), 70,000 gp (Blood), 75,000 gp (Viridium), 80,000 gp (Mithral), 90,000 gp (Inubrix), 125,000 gp (Adamantine), 150,000 gp (Quintessence); Weight 5 lbs.

Description

The wondrous items known as golem manuals contain all the information and magical power required to create a particular kind of golem. This effectively grants the Craft Construct feat to anyone using the manual to craft a golem of that type, and it provides an increase in caster level for the purpose of meeting the prerequisite to craft that specific type of golem. Further, the manual grants a +5 competence bonus on skill checks to craft the golem and contains all the necessary spells, which can be activated by anyone who has the relevant spells on their class’s spell list (but only for the purpose of crafting the golem). When using a golem manual, you must still spend the normal amount of time to craft the golem and pay the cost of the golem’s body (or provide it through other means), but you do not need to pay the rest of the normal cost to create the golem.

The spells included in a golem manual require a spell trigger activation and can be activated only to assist in the construction of a golem. The cost of the book does not include the cost of constructing the golem’s body. Once the golem is finished, the writing in the manual fades and the book is consumed in flames. When the book’s ashes are sprinkled upon the golem, it becomes fully animated.

For example, with a clay golem manual, you would need to provide a body worth 1,500 gp (rather than the normal full cost of 21,500 gp), spend 42 days constructing the golem’s body (1 for each 1,000 gp in the normal price of the golem), have a caster level of 9th or higher (as the manual provides a +2 bonus and the normal requirement is 11th level), have animate objects, bless, commune, prayer, and resurrection on your class’s spell list, and succeed at a DC 16 Craft (sculptures) or Craft (pottery) check (but the manual gives you a +5 bonus on the check.)

Adamantine (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains crushing hand, geas/quest, heal, stoneskin, and wish. The reader can treat her caster level as 4 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting an adamantine golem.; Aura strong abjuration, conjuration, enchantment, and evocation; CL 20th; Craft Construct, crushing hand, geas/quest, heal, stoneskin, wish, creator must be caster level 20th.

Alchemical (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains geas/quest, gentle repose, major creation, resist energy, and telekinesis. The reader can treat her caster level as 2 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting an alchemical golem.; Aura moderate abjuration, conjuration, enchantment, necromancy, and transmutation; CL 10th; Craft Construct, geas/quest, major creation, resist energy, telekinesis, creator must be caster level 10th.

Blood (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains animate dead, bleed, cure critical wounds, and geas/quest. The reader can treat her caster level as 2 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a blood golem.; Aura strong conjuration, enchantment, and necromancy [evil]; CL 12th; Craft Construct, animate dead, bleed, cure critical wounds, geas/quest, creator must be caster level 12th.

Bone (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains animate objects, geas/quest, limited wish, and telekinesis. The reader can treat her caster level as 2 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a bone golem.; Aura moderate enchantment and transmutation; CL 9th; Craft Construct, animate objects, geas/quest, limited wish, telekinesis, creator must be caster level 9th.

Brass (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains geas/quest, incendiary cloud, limited wish, and see invisibility. The reader can treat her caster level as 4 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a brass golem.; Aura strong conjuration, divination, and enchantment; CL 17th; Craft Construct, geas/quest, incendiary cloud, limited wish, see invisibility, creator must be caster level 17th.

Cannon (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains geas/quest, limited wish, and secret chest. The reader can treat her caster level as 4 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a cannon golem.; Aura strong conjuration and enchantment; CL 17th; Craft Construct, geas/quest, limited wish, secret chest, creator must be caster level 17th.

Carrion (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains animate dead, contagion, false life, gentle repose, and lesser geas. The reader can treat her caster level as 1 level higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a carrion golem.; Aura moderate enchantment and necromancy [evil]; CL 7th; Craft Construct, animate dead, contagion, false life, gentle repose, lesser geas, creator must be caster level 7th.

Clay (Ultimate Equipment pg. 300, PRPG Core Rulebook pg. 1): The book contains animate objects, bless, commune, prayer, and resurrection. The reader may treat her caster level as two levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a clay golem.; Aura moderate conjuration; CL 11th; Craft Construct, animate objects, commune, prayer, resurrection, creator must be caster level 11th.

Clockwork (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains animate objects, blade barrier, geas/quest, grease, and telekinesis. The reader can treat her caster level as 3 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a clockwork golem.; Aura strong enchantment, evocation, and transmutation; CL 15th; Craft Construct, animate objects, blade barrier, geas/quest, grease, telekinesis, creator must be caster level 15th.

Coral (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains geas/quest, keen edge, limited wish, and water breathing. The reader can treat her caster level as 2 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a coral golem.; Aura moderate enchantment and transmutation; CL 11th; Craft Construct, geas/quest, keen edge, limited wish, , creator must be caster level 11th.

Crystal (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains geas/quest, limited wish, possession, and thoughtsense. The reader can treat her caster level as 3 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a crystal golem.; Aura strong divination, enchantment, and necromancy; CL 15th; Craft Construct, geas/quest, limited wish, possession, thoughtsense, creator must be caster level 15th.

Dragonhide (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains create greater undead, form of the dragon I, geas/quest, and limited wish. The reader can treat her caster level as 3 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a dragonhide golem.; Aura strong enchantment, necromancy, and transmutation; CL 16th; Craft Construct, create greater undead, form of the dragon I, geas/quest, limited wish, creator must be caster level 16th.

Flesh (Ultimate Equipment pg. 300, PRPG Core Rulebook pg. 1): The book contains animate dead, bull’s strength, geas/quest, and limited wish. The reader may treat her caster level as one level higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a flesh golem.; Aura moderate enchantment, necromancy [evil], and transmutation; CL 8th; Craft Construct, animate objects, bull's strength, geas/quest, limited wish, creator must be caster level 8th.

Fossil (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains flesh to stone, geas/quest, limited wish, and stone shape. The reader can treat her caster level as 3 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a fossil golem.; Aura strong enchantment and transmutation; CL 15th; Craft Construct, flesh to stone, geas/quest, limited wish, stone shape, creator must be caster level 15th.

Glass (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains animate objects, flame strike, geas/quest, spell turning. The reader can treat her caster level as 2 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a glass golem.; Aura moderate abjuration, enchantment, evocation, and transmutation; CL 10th; Craft Construct, animate objects, flame strike, geas/quest, spell turning, creator must be caster level 10th.

Gold (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains geas/quest, limited wish, polymorph any object, and prismatic spray. The reader can treat her caster level as 4 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a gold golem.; Aura strong enchantment, evocation, and transmutation; CL 18th; Craft Construct, geas/quest, limited wish, polymorph any object, prismatic spray, creator must be caster level 18th.

Ice (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains chill touch, cone of cold, geas/quest, ice storm, and resist energy (cold). The reader can treat her caster level as 2 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting an ice golem.; Aura strong abjuration, enchantment, and evocation; CL 12th; Craft Construct, chill touch, cone of cold, geas/quest, ice storm,, resist energy (cold), creator must be caster level 12th.

Inubrix (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains air walk, enervation, geas/quest, and limited wish. The reader can treat her caster level as 3 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting an inubrix golem.; Aura strong enchantment, necromancy, and transmutation; CL 16th; Craft Construct, air walk, enervation, geas/quest, limited wish, creator must be caster level 16th.

Iron (Ultimate Equipment pg. 300, PRPG Core Rulebook pg. 1): The book contains cloudkill, geas/quest, limited wish, and polymorph any object. The reader may treat her caster level as four levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting an iron golem.; Aura strong conjuration, enchantment, and transmutation; CL 16th; Craft Construct, cloudkill, geas/quest, limited wish, polymorph any object, creator must be caster level 16th.

Junk (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains false life, lesser geas, minor creation, and rusting grasp. The reader can treat her caster level as 1 level higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a junk golem.; Aura moderate conjuration, enchantment, necromancy, and transmutation; CL 7th; Craft Construct, false life, lesser geas, minor creation, rusting grasp, creator must be caster level 7th.

Lead (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains cloudkill, geas/quest, limited wish, and sequester. The reader can treat her caster level as 2 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a lead golem.; Aura strong abjuration, conjuration, and enchantment; CL 13th; Craft Construct, cloudkill, geas/quest, limited wish, sequester, creator must be caster level 13th.

Mithral (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains cloudkill, geas/quest, limited wish, and polymorph any object. The reader can treat her caster level as 4 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a mithral golem.; Aura strong abjuration, enchantment, evocation, and transmutation; CL 16th; Craft Construct, cloudkill, geas/quest, limited wish, polymorph any object, creator must be caster level 16th.

Obsidian (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains geas/quest, limited wish, and volcanic storm. The reader can treat her caster level as 3 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting an obsidian golem.; Aura strong enchantment and evocation; CL 15th; Craft Construct, geas/quest, limited wish, and volcanic storm, creator must be caster level 15th.

Quintessence (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains energy drain, geas/quest, trap the soul, and wish. The reader can treat her caster level as 4 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a quintessence golem.; Aura strong conjuration, enchantment, and necromancy; CL 20th; Craft Construct, energy drain, geas/quest, trap the soul, wish, creator must be caster level 20th.

Sand (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains geas/quest, limited wish, and move earth. The reader can treat her caster level as 2 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a sand golem.; Aura strong enchantment and transmutation; CL 12th; Craft Construct, geas/quest, limited wish, move earth, creator must be caster level 12th.

Stone (Ultimate Equipment pg. 300, PRPG Core Rulebook pg. 1): The book contains antimagic field, geas/quest, limited wish, and symbol of stunning. The reader may treat her caster level as three levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a stone golem.; Aura strong abjuration and enchantment; CL 14th; Craft Construct, antimagic field, geas/quest, limited wish, symbol of stunning, creator must be caster level 14th.

Stone Guardian (Ultimate Equipment pg. 300, PRPG Core Rulebook pg. 1): The book contains antimagic field, discern location, geas/quest, limited wish, shield other, and symbol of stunning. The reader may treat her caster level as three levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a stone golem guardian.; Aura strong abjuration and enchantment; CL 14th; Craft Construct, antimagic field discern location, geas/quest, limited wish, shield other, symbol of stunning, creator must be caster level 14th.

Viridium (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains contagion, geas/quest, horrid wilting, poison, and wish. The reader can treat her caster level as 4 levels higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a viridium golem.; Aura strong enchantment and necromancy [evil]; CL 18th; Craft Construct, contagion, geas/quest, horrid wilting, poison, wish, creator must be caster level 18th.

Wax (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains animate objects, geas/quest, limited wish, and silent image. The reader can treat her caster level as 1 level higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a wax golem.; Aura moderate enchantment, illusion, and transmutation; CL 9th; Craft Construct, animate objects, geas/quest, limited wish, and silent image, creator must be caster level 9th.

Wood (Construct Handbook pg. 17): The book contains alarm, animate objects, cat’s grace, geas/quest, and limited wish. The reader can treat her caster level as 1 level higher than normal for the purpose of crafting a wood golem.; Aura strong abjuration, enchantment, and transmutation; CL 12th; Craft Construct, alarm, animate objects, cat’s grace, geas/quest, limited wish, creator must be caster level 12th.

Construction

Requirements Craft Construct, caster must be of a specific level, additional spells, see text; Cost 1,5000 gp (Junk), 2,000 gp (Wax), 2,500 gp (Ice), 3,000 gp (Wood), 4,000 gp (Flesh), 5,000 gp (Alchemical), 5,000 gp (Glass), 6,000 gp (Bone), 6,000 gp (Clay), 7,500 gp (Sand), 8,750 gp (Coral), 10,000 gp (Lead), 11,000 gp (Stone), 15,000 gp (Carrion), 17,500 gp (Clockwork), 17,500 gp (Iron), 18,750 gp (Fossil), 20,000 gp (Crystal), 20,000 gp (Obsidian), 22,000 gp (Stone Guardian), 27,500 gp (Brass), 30,000 gp (Cannon), 32,500 gp (Dragonhide), 32,500 gp (Gold), 35,000 gp (Blood), 37,500 gp (Viridium), 40,000 gp (Mithral), 45,000 gp (Inubrix), 62,500 gp (Adamantine), 75,000 gp (Quintessence)