New Monster – Ceramic Soldier

2 December, 2010

Ceramic Soldier

The walkway was lined with statues of warriors, all with disdainful expressions on their face, made of fired clay and their martial regalia was painted in fine detail.  Their weapons were quite real however.  So we were not surprised when they animated and moved in close order to block our escape route.

Ceramic Soldiers

Ceramic Soldiers

Ceramic Soldier

CR 3 (800 XP)

N medium construct
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., lowlight vision; Perception +0
AC 16, touch 10, flat-footed 16; (+6 natural)
hp 31 (2d10+20)
Fort +0, Ref +0, Will +0
Defensive Abilities Resistance to Electricity, Cold, Fire 5; DR 6/-; Immune construct traits
Spd 40 ft.
Melee Long Spear +4 (1d8+3/x3) or hand strike +4 (1d4+2)
Missile Javelin +2 (1d6+2)
Special Attacks formation fighter
Str 14, Dex 10, Con —, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 1
Base Atk +3; CMB +5; CMD 15
Feats –
Skills –
Languages Understands all languages spoken by creator
SQ Temporary repairs
Gear Weapons
Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or patrol (3-10), unit (12-30) or legion (100+)
Formation Fighter (Ex) The ceramic soldier excel at close order drill, working seamlessly as unit.  For each adjacent ceramic soldier, a ceramic solder gains a +1 bonus to attack and armor class, to a maximum bonus equal to their hit dice.
Temporary repairs (Ex) While magic can fully restore a ceramic warrior to completeness, use of glue, paint and spackle can provide limited repairs.  With an appropriate craft check (DC 12), 1d4 hit points of damage may be repaired.  This check can only be made once after each battle in which the ceramic soldier suffers damage.

Ceramic soldiers are one of the lesser cousins of true golems, created by spellcasters to serve as guards or soldiers.  They are often created en masse for use in armies or as guardians of palaces or tombs and are considered a status symbol among some societies.

A ceramic soldier stands 5 to 6 feet tall and weighs 120  pounds (being hollow). They are usually equipped with a long spear and three javelins though other configurations are known.  Those that are used in field armies are usually given a waxed cloth overcoat (+1 armor bonus) for additional protection.

A ceramic soldier is made from 150-pounds of clay or other ceramic base at the cost of at least 150 gp. Assembling the body requires a DC 15 Craft (sculptor) check.
CL 7th; Craft Construct, animate dead, bull’s strength, discern lies or lesser geas, caster must be at least 7th level; Price 5,000 gp; Cost 2,500 gp.

If ten or more are made at the same time by a group of at least three spellcasters able to craft them, the cost is reduced by 10%, this can be scaled up to a 15% discount if 100 are made with at least 25 creators or to a maximum of a 20% discount if at least a thousand are constructed by 200 or more spellcasting crafters.

Magical glazes may be applied to the ceramic soldier while they are being made.  Some of the more well known are:

Blue, causes the ceramic soldier to be bound to the element of water.  These constructs gain a +2 resistance bonus to saves and +2 to damage rolls when they do not move more than 5′ in a round.  (Add shield or shield of faith to the requirements, +250 to price, +125 to cost.)

Green, binds the ceramic soldier to the element of wood.  These ceramic soldiers, if allowed to rest in sunlight for a full day, heal 5 hit points of damage.  (Add cure light wounds or mending to the requirement, +250 to price, +125 to cost.)

Red, ties the ceramic soldier to the element of fire.  This allows the soldier to inflict +1 point of fire damage with its melee attacks, increases its resistance to fire to 10 and allows it to use burning hands as a 3rd level caster (DC 12 +1 for each adjacent ceramic soldier to a maximum bonus equal to its hit dice), once a day as a standard action.  (Add burning hands or create flame to the requirement, +600 to price, +300 to cost.)

Purple, hardens the ceramic soldier with the element of metal.  This gives the soldier a DR of 7/- and +5 hit points.  (Add glyph of warding or stoneskin to the requirement, +250 to price, +125 to cost.)

Yellow, these are only made for the Emperor and are reinforced with the element of earth.  These ceramic soldiers gain +2 to their Strength, Spell Resistance 13, a +2 resistance bonus to all saves and the Improved Initiative and Skill Focus (Perception) Bonus Feats.  Additionally, anyone trying to attack a member of the Imperial family when they could attack a yellow glazed ceramic soldier must make a Will save (DC 14) or attack the ceramic soldier instead, and all Imperial family members benefit from the Formation Fighting ability as if they were a ceramic soldier.  (Add geas/quest and globe of invulnerability, lesser or spell resistance, caster must be at least 9th level to the requirement, +5,000 to price, +2,500 to cost.)  Yellow ceramic soldiers are usually equipped with masterwork weapons and good armor.

Notes: Just a update of the Terra Cotta warrior from the Oriental Adventures set.   The glazes occured to me as a way to make them more unique and interesting.

The “mass production” discount is to help to justify the fact that Emperors can have armies of these guys.


  1. Cool. Very Harryhausen!

  2. Great enemies! I enjoyed specially the different Glazes and the Formation Fighter ability.

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