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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.
Publication history 
The caryatid column has appeared in the following publications:
- The first edition Fiend Folio (1981).
- The second edition for the Greyhawk setting in the adventure module Greyhawk Ruins (1990) under the "construct, stone" entry.
- The Monstrous Manual (1993) under the "golem" entry.
- In Dungeon #78 (January 2000).
- The third edition Fiend Folio (2003).
- The Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer games.
- Turnbull, Don, ed. Fiend Folio (TSR, 1981)
- Mobley, Blake, and Timothy B Brown. Greyhawk Ruins (TSR, 1990)
- Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
- Cagle, Eric, Jesse Decker, James Jacobs, Erik Mona, Matt Sernett, Chris Thomasson, and James Wyatt. Fiend Folio (Wizards of the Coast, 2003)
- Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 33-34. ISBN 1-58846-112-2.