Ask most people what the darkest fantasy creature they can think of is and they'll probably tell you it's a Vampire. I disagree. I think Golems. Golems, for those of you who don't know, are sort of the fantasy equivalent of robots - they're basically just a figure made out of clay or stone and inscribed with the word "Emeth", which means life. Thus animated, Golems will perform any task, usually protecting it's creator from physical harm. However, there is one caveat - a Golem cannot speak.
It isn't that Golems are unintelligent - quite the contrary. But the inability to communicate seems to me to be the ultimate in punishments. No matter how much a Golem cares about those around it, no matter how much it wishes to tell them how much they mean to it, the Golem will never be able to say a word. Those they care about will never know how they feel.
This... Took a long time. I'm so sleepy... Used pencils and a blending stump on this one. Hope you like it!