Just wanted to share some ideas.
A while ago I thought up a race called wisps who have about the same role in my fei world as the ringworlds ghouls.
I havent made wisps public mainly because I like making a visual aid first and im having serous art block every time I try drawing one.
anyway I decided I wanted golems in geiworld as well. so to add to the mystery of wisps and to further add a bit of creepy lore to them I decided to give wisps the power to make golems. Not the clay sort but the little sort made with bits of leather string and sticks and little odds and ends like that.
The idea here is that part of the myserie of thee wisps is that they are rarely seen sending these golems about to do the work which requires contact with other fei which the majority of wisp kind views as a sort of free range cattle. with wisps so rarely seen and these creepy creatures walking around as theyr representatives theover all view of wisps to other fei might be something like creepy secritive blackened hags. like something out of mcbeth. but no one has thought of going on a witch or wisp hunt because A no one is sure where they live and no one dares folow the golems to find out, and B The wisps are so useful. Fei dont have urial rights and stuff like that. dead bodys become rotting homes for pestilince and this problem is solved when the golems carry the bodies away. and when fei do get sick they can expect a golem coming by with something to make them better. it does not do to let the cattle get sick and die. wisps will not eat something that died from some ailment.
Anyway Im veering a bit from the subject.
The rights of golem crafting are known only to the wisps. even I dont know how they go about it. thats how secret it is XD
But it does involve the raising of a small bird to the end of its life and later the use of its bits in the construction of the golems frame. often a leather body stuffed with feathers is used as the body base.
Everything else is up to thee constructing wisp. a golem is her representative to all other races so she decorates it and the end result is verry voodoo like once again adding to that feel of witchcraft.
they collect herbs and conduct busyness[in writing because they dont have voices] and make deliveries and finally take away the bodies all at the behest of the wisps.
heres a visual to help give an idea of how the average wisp golem may look:
although they are in all technicality golems they are refered to by the other races variously as:
The bird men
The long men
The servants of the little sisters
Them[in ominous tones to leave the listener in no doubt about who they are talking about]
The walking dead.
The first name by the creimire who dont fear the golems. being hunters of birds a bird thats already dead and meatless holds no real interest to them and besides that theyr the only race the wisps dont eat and deal with in direct trade.
The last being the name given by the bogles who are more bluntly observant and equally unafraid of the golems. they reason that since its already dead thers nothing to worry abuot. its things that are alive you got to watch out for. XD
everything inbetween is names from all other races who view them as ominous daunting fearful and in some cases cool. this last view common umong the brownies whos style is based on a birdlike look and who further have the most dealings with the golems and while some find them creepy its not as common a view
Put ten brownies together and about eaght of them wont think much of the golems because they have become a common thing in day to day life.
Its all a point of view really.
The golems have only ever been violent once in a war between wisps and jackalopes. the jackalopes cremated theyr dead and so they didnt feed the wisps, the wisps in turn didnt cure theyr ill, so the jackalopes tried twisting theyr arm. the wisps where nearly killed off before both bogle and brownies got between the two and got them to make a deal. the jakalopes could cremate theyr dead but any jakalope treated by a wisp owes her his or her's body after death.
anyway this is the concept im working on. let me know what you think. I need ideas for the golems but dont try pitching idas on how theyr made cause thats a secret thing and will never be revealed.
And let me know what you think of this golems aperance. if everythig goes south hes still getting posted as a random idea.
His name is Peep.