The art of building a properly functioning scarecrow is long forgotten. Most that exist today are simply decoys, unable to independently hunt pheasants or play mandolins like their forerunners. Medieval farmers were well acquainted with the process of building automatons from vegetable matter, but the requirements were mostly passed down through oral tradition alone, and eventually lost to time.
Recovered pages from the Forbidden Almanac of 1812 describe several segments of this process in great detail. A complete anatomy is constructed out of vegetables stored within the scarecrow’s abdomen. A single aubergine typically forms the liver, while chains of hollowed maize are repurposed as intestines. The scarecrow’s organs come to life as the flora stored inside begins to rot, and as such, their seven to thirteen days of life are spent in a state of constant decay.
The apparent consciousness obtained by such scarecrows may be an epiphenomenon of the bacterial cultures slowly consuming their bodies from the inside. Some have suggested that a form of rudimentary code is inscribed into the vegetable pulp, similar to the emet that activates a golem, and that this language is naturally compiled by fermentation. Without a working example, however, none of these claims can be confirmed.