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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.

Spartolos CR 6

Source Pathfinder #28: The Infernal Syndrome pg. 88
XP 2,400
NE Medium undead
Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +13


AC 21, touch 12, flat-footed 19 (+6 armor, +2 Dex, +2 natural, +1 shield)
hp 76 (8d8+40)
Fort +6, Ref +4, Will +8
Defensive Abilities united resistance; DR 10/bludgeoning; Immune cold, undead traits; SR 17


Speed 30 ft.
Melee spear +10 (1d8+4/x3) or 2 claws +10 (1d4+4)


Str 19, Dex 14, Con —, Int 11, Wis 14, Cha 19
Base Atk +6; CMB +10; CMD 22
Feats Combat Expertise, Improved Disarm, Improved Initiative, Toughness
Skills Acrobatics +5, Climb +10, Perception +13, Stealth +8; Racial Modifiers +8 Stealth while using disjoin
Languages Common (cannot speak)
SQ deadly ally, disjoin


Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, troop (3-18)
Treasure standard (breastplate, buckler, spear)

Special Abilities

Deadly Ally (Ex) Spartoi cooperate exceptionally well in battle. A spartolos flanking a target with another spartolos gains a +4 flanking bonus instead of +2.

Disjoin (Su) As a move action, a spartolos can crumble into a pile of bones and tarnished weaponry. While in this state, the undead gains a +8 racial bonus to its Stealth check and its DR rises to 10/bludgeoning. As a move action, a spartolos can reform itself, jolting into its armored skeletal form even if its pieces have been scattered.

United Resistance (Su) A spartolos ignores 5 points of damage caused by channel energy. This resistance rises by 5 for every other spartolos within 10 feet to a minimum of 0 damage.


Raised from the corpses of famed warriors and legendary legionaries, spartoi (singular “spartolos”) walk again, dragged from death to do battle once more. Greater than mere unthinking corpses, like skeletal champions spartoi carry with them some vestige of their past lives and experiences. Yet what sets them apart from lesser undead are their retained caginess and knowledge of tactics, allowing them to function with deadly efficiency in troops of their brethren. Sometimes called the “sown men,” spartoi hold a fundamental connection to the near-mythical magical items known as a spartoi seeds, teeth that when planted in the earth summon forth these undead, fully armed and ready for command. Although ancient versions of these items prove especially rare, the well-known nature of their myth has led to dozens of modern versions being created and, with them, a rise in the appearance of spartoi.

A typical spartolos stands about 5-1/2 to 6-1/2 feet tall, weighing approximately 70 pounds with its full compliment of equipment.

Creating a Spartolos

A spartolos might be created in a number of ways. Most simply, a create undead spell cast by a magic-user of caster level 16 or greater can infuse a dead body with a heroic spirit, resurrecting it as a spartolos. Alternatively, one might seek out rare items known as spartoi seeds. Although relatively rare, the oldest seeds might summon forth the corpses of legendary heroes rather than typical spartoi. These slain champions, while possessing the same statistics as normal spartoi in death, possess the ability to speak and often bear great insight into the ways of battle or memories from their lives.