Hello all! So I'm writing a NA fantasy set about 400 years in the future. In this world, all of the creatures of myth have come out and are living among humans. The main creature I was planning on using was a golem. But I was going to change it, evolve it, to be able to survive in this new world. They wouldn't be brainless and slow. They'd be more like shape shifters. They'd look human, but they could morph into their golem-selves, looking more like Gollum (but still different) than traditional golems. The main golem type I was going to use was clay. I would have clay golems turn humans into golems, but since they weren't made of clay and they simply got the essence of golem, these changed humans would be considered flesh golems. I ran all this by my roommate, who is a huge fantasy buff, and he didn't buy it. "Those aren't flesh golems then," he said. So my question is, should I stick to my title of golem and just hope that readers will buy the evolution theory? Or should I not call them golems at all and make up my own creature name?