Blood golem

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"The blood golem climbs up from the puddle of your blood."
- The prompt displayed upon summoning the Blood golem.

The Blood golem is a potential temporary party member in Fear & Hunger and Fear & Hunger 2: Termina. A creature born from Gro-goroth's power, it will fight alongside its summoner at the cost of a blood sacrifice.

Lore

"Sacrifice blood to summon a golem that fights by your side temporarily. The golem only takes orders from the one that gave birth to it."
- Description for the skill in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina.

The Blood golem is a product of Gro-goroth's Blood magic, meaning that those who have some level of affinity with the god of destruction are capable of summoning this creature through a spell with the same name. By sacrificing a small portion of their own blood, magical practitioners can summon the Blood golem to fight by their side.

They are completely subservient to their master and will only take orders from them. Due to their absolute loyalty they will fight until their duty is done or until they get destroyed mid-battle.

Appearance

In terms of appearance, the Blood golem looks like a skinless human male, with its red muscles exposed and no body hair. While it is unknown what the front of their body looks like, they very likely look similar to the Tormented One, due to their uncanny similarity.

Gameplay traits

Stat Starting Value
Attack 80
Defense 16
M.Attack 16
M.Defense 16
Agility 10
Luck 32
  • Is AI-controlled.
  • Has 80 Attack instead of the regular 30.
  • Has 200 maximum Body Points instead of 100.
  • Cannot use any equipment.
  • Has no assigned Phobia.
  • Cannot spend Rev points (Fear & Hunger 2: Termina).
  • Will only last for the duration of the battle, having to be summoned again in subsequent encounters.
  • Will always be fully healed and with no negative status effects or lost limbs when summoned, regardless of what may have happened in previous encounters.

The Blood golem has the highest base attack stat among the available party members, this combined with their 200 maximum Body points makes it both a powerful tank and a good damage dealer. They are also practically immortal, since it can just be re-summoned in later encounters if they happen to die. However, its inability to use any skills besides the basic attack and any weapons or equipment makes it rather stale, a weakness that is further exacerbated by the fact that the golem is AI-controlled (meaning that the player can not control its actions).

As the golem is pretty much intended to be used as a meat shield to soak up aggro, a simple but effective strategy is to use the spell Pheromones on the Blood golem after summoning it, as it will cause enemies to focus on the Blood golem and protect other non-replaceable characters from permanent death, status effects, and limb loss. It is worth noting that this strategy will not work in the first game if the girl is in the active party, as her passive trait will cause her to take damage in the golem's place if its health reaches below 25% maximum Body Points (or 50 Body points in the golem's case).

Special event - Woodsman

If the player fails the coin flip attack during the Woodsman's fight in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina, a parasitic appendage will attach itself to the face of one of the party members, immobilizing them. This attack will have no effect on the Blood golem, as it is not "fertile ground".[1]

Location and recruitment

To acquire the Blood golem as a temporary party member, the player must first learn the Blood golem spell; it can be unlocked at the Hexen by having one level of affinity with Gro-goroth in the first game or two levels in the second game. To do so, the player must spend one Lesser soul in Fear & Hunger or a Soul stone in Fear & Hunger 2: Termina to learn the skill.

Alternatively, in the first game, the player can use an Empty scroll to learn the skill by typing the following command: "O LORD", "TEACH", "BLOOD GOLEM".

Once learned, the player will be able to summon the golem by casting the Blood golem spell in-battle, which will drain 20 Body points from the user to generate it. To cast the spell, the player must also have one free slot in their party, as the Blood golem cannot appear if the party is full. If the Blood golem is destroyed mid-battle, the player will not be able to summon a second one and will be forced to wait until the next encounter.

Trivia

  • The Blood golem shares heavy physical similarities with the Tormented One. Though it is unknown if the Blood golem was inspired by the Tormented One or the other way around.
    • Their connection is further cemented by the fact that in the demo version of the first game, an unused model of the Blood golem that looks identical to the Tormented One can be found within the game's files.[2]

References

  1. Fear and hunger Woodsman's special blood golem interaction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esYSBBcFyQc&ab_channel=NoCommentary
  2. The Tormented one was originally a blood golem (fear and hunger 1 and demo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t15XSDBgYlI&ab_channel=NoCommentary


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