Golem motivator, captioned 'Pottery in motion.'Okay, the part we’re getting into now is definitely Cohen’s theories. Which Patrick still has a strong grasp on.

In traditional golem legends, a lot of them were made to do simple manual labor or household chores. The Golem of Prague was specifically created to defend a group of (Jewish) humans against another group of humans; the legend doesn’t get specific about far that includes an imperative to attack humans.

That said, there are also plenty of traditional legends where a golem turns murderous and has to be shut down. Which would track more closely with “it had programming to attack someone, and that got confused” (Terminator-style) than “it had problems and concluded on its own that killing people would solve them” (Frankenstein-the-book style).

…and I’m just overall not a fan of “this thing I made, it lost all self-control (optional: because it was provoked) and therefore, murder” (Frankestein-the-movie style).

Stories with that outcome feel more like a metaphor for human insecurity, than a serious development of the creation. Like, it isn’t killing people because that’s a natural outgrowth of its personality. It hasn’t gotten the character development that a human in the same situation would need, to make the twist believable. It’s just killing people because that’s the Moral Lesson for the human creator.


Jany: It can’t be some kind of battle injury. I’ve never made her fight!

I . . . I don’t suppose Gran could have . . . ?

Kara Lynn: She never let me fight either. I don’t remember things from before that very well, but I would guess . . .

. . . it has been about eighty years?

Patrick: EIGHTY. You’ve had lots of orders in the meantime, right?

Jany: She’s had a standing order, the details of which are none of your business! What does that have to do with your theory?

Patrick: Everything. It starts with the guess that the reason we were born . . .

. . . or created, or shaped, or however it happened . . . was to fight. Specifically — to fight humans.