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GraveWalker by Christopher-Stoll GraveWalker by Christopher-Stoll
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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Carnie-Vorex Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
What happens to the creatures when the corpse energy runs out? Do they just gradually slow down until they stop moving at all? And are they known to consume corpses if they happen to find some?
Christopher-Stoll Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
They have never been recorded consuming corpses. The energy that suffuses them can last for years under ideal circumstances, but like all things, will eventually extinguish. Left to their own devices these creatures will eventually crumble into rubble, their expended energies sputtering away with each pendulous swing of their massive stony limbs.
However this rarely occurs.
Humans who spot these creatures are guided by ancient superstitions to either drive them away, or destroy them. Despite their prodigious strength, most gravewalkers are too docile to effectively defend themselves. Add to this the confusion for these slow amalgamations to suddenly be violently attacked by those people their spirits may have known and loved in life.
Carnie-Vorex Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
So they're basically harmless collective ghosts. And humans are as hateful cowardly bullies as ever. That's why I usually sympathize with monsters :)

Your comments are so detailed and finely written. Are you a writer, too?
Christopher-Stoll Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope... :P
I just have a penchant for the dramatic.
And what do you mean "too?" lol XD I rarely even consider myself an artist....
Carnie-Vorex Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
It's difficult for anybody to consider themselves artists, when there's always a lot of better art than theirs. And that 'too' has double meaning, because I also happen to have some writing talents, but have nothing interesting yet to write about. I write a lot of philosophical comments, though.
PsilocybeDream Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
GraveWalker good title and drawn
patduffy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very unique and creative concept both in picture and description. Shading is so very well done. You have excellent drawing skills. Good luck in your contest.
prinz59 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist
great idea and wonderfull implemented. also ligth and shadows in a god balance and make it alive
BlueDragondust Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Idriu95 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
KeithEKimball Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Writer
Excellent art and write-up; you've got quite an imagination!
GCARTIST85 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011
awesome Idea and design!
TheGreatNickInTheSky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is fantastic :)
RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Excellent concept design for this golemn and a great write up for it too that really helps bring the picture to life.
MojoCNYartist Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
neat idea and a very original one too. :D
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