Sepulchral Stalkers are massive, reanimated sentinels created by the ancient Nehekharans to delineate the borders of a king's realm. Over the centuries, they have been swallowed by the shifting sands of the desert, and they now lie hidden beneath the dunes. Sepulchral Stalkers are statues that have the body of a snake and the upper torso of a man. Atop the statues' curved spines sit inhuman skulls, inside which glow eerie, baleful lights. Lying beneath the surface of the desert, they wait for intruders to pass by before launching a devastating ambush. When the trap is sprung, several horrifying, snake-like forms burst from the ground to surround their prey. The Sepulchral Stalkers impale their foes on ornate staves before they even realize they are under attack. However, it is not for the skill with which they wield these weapons that Sepulchral Stalkers are so feared, for those who gaze into their eyes are turned into pillars of sand, standing as still as statues until a gust of wind blows them apart and scatters the grains into the desert. To literally look upon a Sepulchral is to look to your own death.
↑Anti-Large: Anti-large units have an advantage against targets that are at least as large as a horse. This advantage can be a damage bonus against large targets or an attack that focuses on a very small area. However, some units are simply better against large targets because their attacks are slow and easy to dodge by skilled melee combatants.
↑Armour-Piercing: The damage of armour-piercing weapons mostly ignores the armour of the target, making them the ideal choice against heavily-armoured enemies. They are often heavier and attack at a slower rate though, making them less efficient against poorly-armoured targets.
↑Stalk: This unit can move hidden in any terrain.
↑Vanguard Deployment: This unit can deploy in an expanded deployment area, allowing it to start the battle within striking distance of the enemy - or somewhere unexpected.
The Eyes of the Desert have 25% missile resistance which helps them resist all ranged damage compared to the standard variant. They also gain the usual boost to leadership, melee attack, and defence.
One way these sneaking snakes are useful are as a surprise anti-large unit protecting your backline. With stalk, enemy heavy cav won't see them until they are already committing to a flank on your missile or artillery units. They should generally be used as a reserve unit who should wait to commit to a fight suitable to their anti-large armour piercing skills. Their ranged attack is also useful for providing damage and applying poison if you have units engaged with a high value enemy unit. For example if one of your constructs is fighting an enemy dragon, apply poison, then charge.
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