Death dirge

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Death dirge
Death Dirge Colored.jpg
Level 9
Family Humanoid family creatures
Body Type Biped
Classification(s) Corporeal undead
Area(s) Found Plains of Bone
Vornavian Coast
The Graveyard
BCS Yes
HP 95
Speed  ?
Attack Attributes
Physical Attacks
Closed fist 98 AS
Warding Spells
Calm (201) 53 CS
Defense Attributes
Armor
Double Leather (natural) ASG 8N
Defensive Strength (DS)
Melee 14
Ranged  ?
Bolt 17
Unarmed Defense Factor
UDF 66
Target Defense (TD)
Bard Base 27
Cleric Base 27
Empath Base 27
Paladin Base 27
Ranger Base 27
Sorcerer Base 27
Wizard Base 27
Minor Elemental 27
Major Elemental 27
Minor Spiritual 27
Major Spiritual 27
Minor Mental 27
Treasure Attributes
Coins Yes
Gems Yes
Magic Items Yes
Boxes Yes
Skin a dirge skin
Other None
Defender of a battleground long lost in the terrain, the death dirge still maintains its post relentlessly, battling all that would attempt to invade its position.  All that seems to remain in its consciousness are the orders to repel all who enter, a task it executes with single-minded fury.

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Behind the Scenes

Death dirges were unusual in that their Rolemaster premise was sorrowful musicians who haunt old cemeteries, whereas the creature description they were given was instead that of wrathful soldiers. Those in the bog of The Graveyard are apparently the soldiers of Kestrel Etrevion when he used his "Amulet of Summoning". The paradox of being both wrathful and sullen is probably an allusion to the Fifth Circle of Hell from Dante's Inferno. These were considered two aspects of the same sin, so the wrathful would fight endlessly, and the sullen would stew below the surface of a muddy swamp. The stream feeding it would be symbolic of both the River Styx of Hell and the River of Life on Orhan (Liabo). The demonically ruined funerary gate nearby reflects that of the City of Dis, and was a Lord of Essaence style portal, the original gateway below by implication.

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