Inktober Monstrosities: C for Caryatid Column

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A Caryatid column is in fact a real architectural phenomena, columns made in the shape of beautiful women. Originally from Greek architecture, the most famous example are probably the columns at the Oracle of Delphi. The name simply means "Maidens of Caryatis", which either refers to a town in Greece, the goddess Carya, or to an aspect of the goddess Artemis, Artemis Caryatis (or a composite of all three).

In D&D they first appeared in the Fiend Folio. They are described as stone pillars about seven feet tall, indistinguishable from normal architecture. They are used as guardians, placed to guard an entrance or some treasure. They activate once anyone violate the conditions of its task, ans attacks if necessary. Once activated, their appearance become "fleshy", and their swords turn to real steel. If defeated, or their task has been completed, they (and their sword) revert to stone.

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