Source: The Infernal Syndrome, pg(s). 88
A spartolos, also known as a "sown man", appears as a skeletal undead spearman in tarnished bronze armor. Spartoloi coordinate tactically in combat and cooperate with others of their kind, and better resist harmful divine energy when clustered en masse.
According to ancient legend, the devil Alichino tasked the legendary hero Strada with the conquest of an invincible city. Strada sought the help of an oracle of Gorum and was given the thousand fangs of the dragon Kathalphas. When Strada sowed the teeth into the ground outside the city as instructed, all the heroes the dragon had devoured sprang up into battle. Having frustrated the devil, Strada ruled the city for 90 years with the skeletal army as guard. Magical spartoi seeds that temporarily summon the skeletal undead warriors known as spartoloi have been created since in memory of this legend.
A skeleton clad in tarnished armor clatters in its grim march. A polished bronze breastplate, greaves, and helmet dutifully remain to protect this felled warrior, while its naked, skeletal hands still clutch a short spear and a round bronze shield. Yet, beneath its decrepit armor and moldering bones, a deftness and deadly intent linger on, embodied in a hellish light smoldering in its shadowed eye sockets.
Habitat & EcologyEdit
Spartoloi are created as unquestioning warriors without personal needs or desires. Despite being animated as undead creatures, spartoi seem to prefer resting as piles of bones and armor rather than standing corpses. Left to their own devices, spartoi collapse into scattered remains to rest. Although spartoi detect as being of evil alignment, this is merely because the necromantic magic animating them has a fundamentally evil nature. In some cases, spartoi raised from the corpses of particularly goodly or otherwise forceful individuals may retain the alignment they had in life.