The boss monster is based upon the Ero-bal, a unique creature race in the game. The Ero-bal are Tumerok undead who have lived on Dereth in secret for millennia. They continue to accrue new members, either through appealing to the individual's greed or vanity, or through compulsion. The Ero-bal (a Tumerok spiritual term roughly meaning "prolonged grief") are also sometimes created when the graves of Tumerok are disturbed. There are Ero-bal for each caste of Tumerok as described in "Asheron's Call Dark Majesty," such as Rea-bal hunters, Awaro-bal warriors, and even mighty Tahro-bal chiefs.
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