- Offense - They can't carry anything, won't move if you are being hurt but will attack the entity you aim them at until it or they are destroyed.
- Defense - Won't attack anything, but will put themselves between you and a foe until they are destroyed.
- Bearing - Only carry stuff. Basically like this.
- Tracking - Self-explanatory, you just need a personal item.
- Retrieving - Like tracking except they'll try to capture and bring the target back.
- Mining - Aim it at a wall and it will start making a smooth, straight 10' passage until you tell it to stop.
- Watching - Sits and waits until something you tell it to watch for happens. Then it signals somehow.
Okay, basically fantasy robots. I like the idea that each golem would have different shapes suited to their function. Maybe we should call these constructs and golems would be more free acting entities? But I'm not actually going for steam-punk here, just thinking of an additional tool parties could have to give them choices. In fact, I'd probably try to "fantasize" them to avoid steam-punkiness in my own game. In other words, the Watcher is a floating orbit of chimes that falls to the floor when triggered, the Retriever is a Ribbon Man. Hmm, maybe this isn't so new after all, I'm just systematizing Dancing Swords and Invisible Stalkers.
Maybe the difference between these and magic items/summoned creatures is that the knowledge of how to make them is a clear recipe and the players can cobble one together when they need one with little notice?
We might have a problem in that a specific recipe may not work well with a more abstracted game world. Is there copper about? Mud? Umm, probably? What we could do, though, is base the recipes off of items we know exist and that players will have anyway:
- 50' rope
- lamp oil
- plate mail
So maybe the watcher is made from 1 grapnel, 8 spikes, 9 silver coins and . . . something else. What's the secret sauce? Maybe 9 Hit points worth of blood (not permanent)? Gems could be cool here, with different types tying into their functions. Or body parts, a pretty sure bet they'll be laying about. Maybe a single eye for our Watcher.