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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the caryatid column is a type of construct. The creature's name comes from a type of statue called a caryatid.

Publication history

The caryatid column first appeared in the original first edition Fiend Folio (1981).[1]

The caryatid column appeared in second edition for the Greyhawk setting in the adventure module Greyhawk Ruins (1990) under the "construct, stone" entry.[2] The caryatid column appeared in the Monstrous Manual (1993) under the "golem" entry.[3] The giant caryatid column appeared in Dungeon #78 (January 2000).

The caryatid column appears in the third edition Fiend Folio (2003).[4]


A caryatid column is very similar to a golem. As with golems, the caryatid column is an artificial construct animated by magic. A caryatid column appears as a column with fine carving suggesting the shape of a woman holding a sword. When activated, (typically by an event trigger), they transform into "young maidens" and do battle, returning to their original position and state once the threat has been dispatched.

Other publishers

The caryatid column appeared in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[5]


  1. Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
  2. Mobley, Blake, and Timothy B Brown. Greyhawk Ruins (TSR, 1990)
  3. Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  4. Cagle, Eric, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matt Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt. Fiend Folio (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
  5. Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). "Tome of Horrors". Necromancer Games. pp. 33-34. 

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