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[TRAILseeker #29] New Galems

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New for TRAILseeker patrons! In the second article on the galem builder archetype for the summoner class (originally introduced in TRAILseeker #14), Carl Cramér brings us brass, flesh, ice, iron, stone, and wood galems for your Pathfinder game. Illustrated by Rick Hershey & Jen Tracy.

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Russ Morrissey

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turkeygiant

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No, golem is spelt "golem". Galem is spelt "galem".

It's like how dog is spelt "dog" and cat is spelt "cat". :)

What was the behind the scenes reason for calling them "galems" as opposed to "golems", I assume it is to set them apart in some way? Or was there some copyright issue? I mean they are very clearly inspired by golems, they pretty much are exactly golems, they have just never been presented as the purview of a specific class before as far as I know.
 

Malshotfirst

Explorer
As a former orthodox jew educated in jewish mythology and kabbalah this makes my brain go ouchy. Also, expect the inevitable homophobe demographic to refer to them as Gay-Lems in short order. Bad idea.
 

Oryzarius

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The cover picture is obviously of a guy-em rather than a gal-em.

And, as anybody who knows Yiddish could tell you, a guy-em couldn't possibly be Jewish.
 




"Galem" sounds more confusing to me than just calling these "lesser golems" or something.

"Mystic Servitors" or "Gnomish Automatons" or any number of other terms would be better than something which sounds like it's trying hard to be a not-golem.

I would have been cool with "Cat-ems" too ;)
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
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"Galem" sounds more confusing to me than just calling these "lesser golems" or something.

"Mystic Servitors" or "Gnomish Automatons" or any number of other terms would be better than something which sounds like it's trying hard to be a not-golem.

I would have been cool with "Cat-ems" too ;)

You can call them "Gnomish Automations" if you like! I promise we don't mind. :)
 


Corrosive

Adventurer
This kind of mutilation of Jewish culture is repugnant. This is low-key anti-Semitism...
There's nothing in D&D that isn't a repurposing of somebody's culture. Talking about this stuff is important, but calling people repugnant mutilating racists for playing a game which has golems in it is going too far.
 

Samloyal23

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There's nothing in D&D that isn't a repurposing of somebody's culture. Talking about this stuff is important, but calling people repugnant mutilating racists for playing a game which has golems in it is going too far.

Thank you for explaining anti-Semitism to me...
 


Morrus

Well, that was fun
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OK, we don't need a fight about who is best qualified to discuss anti-Semitism, folks. I think this one is best closed.
 

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