Brass golem

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Brass golem
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Source: Bestiary 3, pg(s). 134
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Created using a small fortune's worth of metal, brass golems are not only powerful guardians but also potent symbols of wealth.[citation needed]


Brass golems resemble towering brass statues well over 20 feet in height. The precise appearance of the golem is determined by the sculptor, but they always boast a powerful and intimidating stature. Brass golems are most often sculpted to resemble either fearsome demons or their original ifrit1 creators.2

In theory, brass golems could be sculpted in any humanoid form but they rarely are seen in any other form. No matter their overall shape, their faces are sculpted into an intimidating scowl and they normally sport a set of stylised brass horns and always wield a large weapon, normally a falchion.2 Due to their solid metal construction, these golems weigh upwards of six tons and their lava interior means they visibly radiate heat.3

Habitat and ecology

Brass golems can be found wherever powerful genies need utterly loyal guardians or protectors, from the underground vaults of the jabalis4 on the Elemental Plane of Earth to the ifrit5 cities on the Elemental Plane of Fire. Brass golems are most commonly found in the ifrit city of Medina Mudii'a, and having one is seen as a sign of status amongst the lesser nobles of the city. The Grand Sultan himself is said to have a platoon of brass golems.3

Brass golems are rare in the Universe and are most commonly encountered guarding ancient sites created by powerful wizards. The secret of brass golem creation is normally granted only to wizards who frequently traffic with genies, and as such are most often found in the world's wildest deserts. As constructs, brass golems have very little impact on their surroundings unless ordered to by their master. Brass golems are created from several tons of the purest brass, generally using minerals from the elemental planes themselves. They are unique amongst the golems in that they are animated by spirits of elemental fire rather than the more stable earth spirits.3


The origin of the brass golem is steeped in legend, but are known to have been created in Medina Mudii'a. According to legend, an ancient grand sultan of the ifrits had a concubine so beautiful and fiery that any ifrit who saw her was instantly smitten and stop at nothing to claim her for there own. Afraid of such a devastating loss the sultan commissioned his wisest advisers to find him a guard who felt no lust, would never lapse in his duty and who could not be bribed. His advisers searched the planes for such a person but could not find him. In the end it was a visiting jabali wizard who came up with the solution, presenting the sultan with the first brass golem. The sultan ordered the brass golem to kill anyone trying to enter his harem. Unfortunately he forgot to exclude himself and the next morning he was found dead outside his harem, killed by the brass golem's sword.[citation needed]

Notable brass golems


  1. Paizo referred to ifrits as efreet and naaris as ifrits until the publication of Highhelm. See also Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pgs. 2, 13, 18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adam Daigle, et al. “Bestiary” in The Final Wish, 84. Paizo Inc., 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Adam Daigle, et al. “Bestiary” in The Final Wish, 85. Paizo Inc., 2009
  4. Paizo referred to jabalis as shaitan until the publication of Rage of Elements. See Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pg. 2.
  5. Paizo referred to ifrits as efreet and naaris as ifrits until the publication of Highhelm. See also Rage of Elements pg. 3 and Pathfinder Core Preview pgs. 2, 13, 18.