Caryatid column (Dungeons & Dragons)
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The caryatid column first appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981). In a review of the Fiend Folio, Ed Greenwood called the caryatid column one of the creatures whose "names grate on the mind's ear". Published first edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons adventures which included Caryatid Columns as adversaries that the players encounter included "The Ruins of Andril", published in Dragon #81.
The caryatid column appeared in second edition for the Greyhawk setting in the adventure module Greyhawk Ruins (1990) under the "construct, stone" entry. The caryatid column appeared in the Monstrous Manual (1993) under the "golem" entry. The giant caryatid column appeared in Dungeon #78 (January 2000).
A caryatid column is very similar to a golem. As with golems, the caryatid column is an artificial construct animated by magic. A caryatid column appears as a column with fine carving suggesting the shape of a woman holding a sword. When activated, (typically by an event trigger), they transform into "young maidens" and do battle, returning to their original position and state once the threat has been dispatched.
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