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Golem

Magical creations only made by Wixen Rabbis and holy individuals, Golems are usually made of clay, although there are a few recorded instances of other materials (including marble and flesh) being used. The use of other materials is by and large frowned upon, as is the creation of a Golem by gentiles and non-Rabbis or holy people to such a point that the secrets of creating Golems are closely guarded by the Wixen Jewish community, using an ancient and more binding method than the more commonly known Fidelius Charm.

Usually shaped into a humanoid form (though in theory other forms could be used) the materials are enchanted during the crafting and finally awoken with the Hebrew word for life (“chai”) being inscribed on the Golems brow, or inserted into its mouth or skull. In some cases a Golem may have the word inscribed to the inside of their mouth, though, like with the use of marble and flesh in construction, this is exceedingly rare, and much frowned upon. Likewise the use of one of the names of God to wake a Golem is much frowned upon, although it may, and indeed has been, done. If one of the Names of God is used to wake a Golem the name is called a Hashem (sometimes shortened in texts to shem). In some cases, in which a Golem was only wanted for temporary use, the Hebrew word emet (אמת which translates to “truth”) was inscribed on the Golems brow and when it was no longer needed the aleph (א) was removed turning the word emet (אמת) to met (מת) which means “death”. It is worth noting that although these methods all work the Wixen Jewish community delights in debating which method is the most effective, as well as the least hubristic.

Golems generally die on one of two occasions - the destruction of the word which awoke them, by cleaving the mark on their brow apart or removing the written word from their mouth, or by the death of their creator. The death of the creator is the most certain to work, as even if the word is removed a replacing of reinsertion of the word by the maker can reawaken the Golem, while the death of the creator means an entirely new Golem would need to be created. Only one Golem is known to have survived the death of its maker and purposefully avoids interaction and conflict with those who find its continued existence unnatural. This Golem is also unique in its ability to speak.

Traditionally Golems are not created with the ability to speak, and are traditionally very obedient, to the point of being created as utterly loyal protectors, as in the case of the Golem of Prague. The Golem in that case was created by the Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, who used the Golem to protect a ghetto from various anti-Semitic attacks.

Quite how the use of a single word of Hebrew or one of the names of God might awaken a Golem is unknown, although many wixes attribute the ability to the “Intent Theory” of magic, which suggests some words may gain magical power through the sheer intent of the words user.

It is also worth noting that Golems are distinct from other creations such as muggle robots, alchemical Homunculi, and reanimated bodies. Muggle robots, are the simplest to separate from Golems, in that, despite all appearances otherwise, robots make use of no magic. Alchemical Homunculi are made with no magical words, just through a complicated alchemical process, originally discovered as part of Alchemists aims to create an Elixir of Life. Lastly reanimated bodies are usually woken with an enchantment alone (in the case of Inferi) or with potions given pre-death and then enchantments after (in the case of Zombies and Churels).

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(Golems requested by heckofabecca. Info largely from the excellent waveringbriar, who kindly shared her knowledge, as well as from other research. The living and talking Golem is the invention of underwater-witchery.)

Edit: A small correction made in the main part of the text, with many thanks to shiny-loveliness for it. From their comment: “shem” literally just means “name” in Hebrew. As in “my name is___” etc. “Hashem” (‘The Name’) is used to refer to God.

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