Dorfl

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Dorfl
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Name Dorfl
Race Golem
Age Ancient
Occupation Constable in the Ankh-Morpork City Watch
Physical appearance Made entirely of clay, vaguely man-shaped
Residence Ankh-Morpork
Death
Parents
Relatives
Children
Marital Status
Appearances
Books Feet of Clay
Cameos Jingo
The Fifth Elephant
Thud!
Making Money


Dorfl is one of the old golems baked from clay. He collaborated with several other old golems in making a golem king, hoping that the king might lead them out of slavery (which shows perhaps even regular golems with a standard holy-word chem have personal initiative).

While this attempt faltered and golems were being destroyed in the streets, Captain Carrot bought Dorfl off his original owner and put the sales receipt in place of the standard chem. Dorfl rapidly acquired a personality, and became the golem who cleaned up the mess of the king golem. Dorfl was dismembered in the process and his sales-receipt chem was crumpled up, though he still managed to come to life and defeat the King Golem.

Captain Carrot collected the pieces and had him re-baked; upon Mr. Vimes's order, they slightly re-engineered Dorfl during the re-baking to give him a voice. He assists Commander Vimes in the apprehending of Dragon King of Arms ("Undead Or Alive, You Are Coming With Me") for his role in the plot against Vetinari and the use and abuse of the Golem King, Meshugah.

Afterwards, Dorfl joined the Ankh-Morpork City Watch- reasoning that there is no better job for someone who loves freedom than to be a Watchman-, and is the force's first "ceramic policeman"; Vimes also provides him with official documentation to confirm that he is alive if he ever runs into trouble, Dorfl noting that he will read the paperwork if he ever feels that he is not alive.. He is an atheist, or the Discworld equivalent, and resistant to lightning ("thunderbolts,") and hellfire. And he's not just an atheist, he's a ceramic atheist - Feet of Clay. More precisely, his statement that he will "believe in any Deity whose existence can be proven..." implies Agnosticism, not Atheism.

He later purchases and frees two other golems, who together set up the Golem Trust.

He works for the Watch through the rest of the series, and is not the only golem so to do. Immensely strong and fiercely logical, he is a boon to the Watch and a terror to criminals throughout Ankh-Morpork.

We first meet Dorfl in Soul Music, in a conversation between Glod and Cliff. There is a slight inconsistency here, as Glod doesn't believe that the seller of sausages down on Long Hogmeat is a golem. Cliff assures him that he has a holy word on his head - as opposed to a chem inside it. Soul Music is quite a few books before Feet of Clay, though. perhaps TP hadn't fully worked out his thoughts on golems at that point.

Dorfl's original chem bore words from the Cenotine Book of Truth. This implies that he is five centuries old at a minimum, as Constable Visit attests that the Cenotine faith died out that long ago.

Annotation

When arresting a vampire, Dorfl says "Undead Or Alive, You Are Coming With Me", which is a reference to Robocop's line "Dead or alive, you are coming with me."

Carrot's line "We can rebuild him, we have the pottery" mimics the opening sequence in the 70s television drama The Six Million Dollar Man: "We can rebuild him, we have the technology."