Caryatid Column
Type Construct
CR 3
Environment Any

Source: Bonus Bestiary, pg(s). 8

Crafted from a single piece of exquisite stone, caryatid columns are magical Constructs often created to guard valuable objects or areas. While not as potent as golems they are still formidable opponents.[1]


A caryatid column appears like an ornate column carved in the shape of a warrior, normally mounted on a plinth and with a plinth to support the roof above atop it. The column itself is carved into the form of a shapely human warrior, normally a female warrior who stands with her hands rested on a sword or other similar weapon. They stand completely motionless, the first sign that a caryatid column is not just a normal column is often its first attack.[1]

Habitat & EcologyEdit

Caryatid columns can be found where ever a wizard needs something protected, they are often used in lieu of a more powerful construct either because the creator does not feel a stronger construct is necessary or because he lacks the power or resources to create one. Due to the relative cheapness of their construction caryatid columns are often found in large numbers. When they are created they are given a specific command about what they are to protect and who to protect it from (and who they allow to pass), this is one of their biggest weaknesses as caryatid columns lack the magical sight of more expensive constructs meaning a clever disguise or invisibility can allow someone to bypass them.[1] Caryatid columns have been spotted in large numbers in such diverse locations as the crypts below Korvosa's Grey District,[2] the elven ruins of Celwynvian,[3] and the treasure vault of Tabsagal in Ninshabur.[4]


Immunity to Magic
Like their more powerful golems cousins caryatid columns are almost completely immune to magic.
Shatter Weapon
Due to their construction of solid marble any weapon that strikes a caryatid column with enough force to damage it takes a lot of damage itself often causing it to break or shatter.
A caryatid column stands so still it is easy to mistake it for a statue.[1]