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The golems are men made out of clay. Dee conjures up golems to imprison Perenelle, and to attack the twins. They're not too intelligent, and dry up in the sun. Check out the awesome passage in Chapter 3 (3.18) to see what happens when one of these creatures melts. We'll give you a hint: it's gross.