A cobbled together golem of dried bones and headstones, the gravewalker is an earthen creature that gains vitality from the corpses buried within it.
Sometimes, when enough human bodies are buried in the same location their essence infects the local area with supernatural strength and intent. These slow lumbering creatures often contain the corpses of dozens of bodies, ranging from the recently buried to the completely decayed.
The human remains within the Gravewalker act like batteries, infusing the creature with afterlife energies that might have otherwise created a common ghost or zombie.
Typically harmless wanderers, these large elemental-like specimens are often instilled with the lingering intentions of the corpses inside of it. This often manifests as a borderline manic depression or wanderlust that sends these cobbled creatures solemnly stumbling long distances (often by the light of half moons) in search of closure and peace.
Warning: There have been reports of battlefield Gravewalkers that arise from mass killings, these creatures are often more dangerous. Fueled by murderous desires for revenge and larger pools of fresher bodies, they become a deadly force to be reckoned with.
The risk of Gravewalker phenomenons during wartime (although rare) is why most modern militaries choose to bury or burn the dead separately and often in thin-soiled or sandy regions.
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