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The Spittle Bone is an enemy in the Castlevania series. It is a four-legged skeleton that crawls on walls.

Origins

Illustration of an Artibatirae from The Arnstein Bible (Job to Revelation), featuring hoofed animal-like hind legs.[1]

According to ancient and medieval authors, the Artibatirae were an Ethiopian tribe of abnormal humans which walked on all fours and roared like animals. They were first described by the Roman historian Pliny the Elder in his encyclopedic work Naturalis Historia from AD 77. According to most surviving accounts, neither the Artibatirae nor any other similar monstrous humanoid races lived to be 40 years old.

The Artibatiraes don't appear very often in medieval writings. There are also few known images of this people and these are mostly found in the galleries of monstrous tribes adjacent to bestiaries. In some of the illustrated lists of On the Universe by Raban Mavr, we can also find Artibatiraes. They are usually depicted either as a bent man or a naked man on all fours, and in at least one case they were confused with the Himantopodes, another monstrous race which crawled instead.[2]

Description

A four-legged crawling skeleton that incessantly moves along the surface it is affixed to, making loops endlessly unless destroyed. In some games it drips poison, while in others it breathes flames in a steady stream outward.

The Vice Beetle is a similar enemy that breathes out clouds of poison.

Enemy Data

Enemy Data: Spittle Bone
Image Name - Game
Description
Statistics Items Location
Spittlebone-1-.gif 11. Spittle Bone  (Artibatirae) [ edit ]
Symphony of the Night (Strategy)
4-legged skeleton. Drips poison. Weak: Holy
Level: 3
HP: 16
Exp: 20
Alchemy Laboratory
Spittlebone.gif 27. Spittle Bone (Artibatirae) [ edit ]
Portrait of Ruin (Strategy)
A four-legged skeleton that crawls on walls. Strong: Dark
Weak: Strike, Whip, Fire, Holy
HP: 10
Exp: 33
Skill Pt: 1
Sandy Grave, Entrance, Nation of Fools
Spittlebone.gif 10. Spittle Bone  (Artibatirae) [ edit ]
Harmony of Despair
A four-legged skeleton that crawls on walls. Strong: Pierce, Darkness
Weak: Strike, Fire, Holy
Bind: Raging Fire
Soul: Red (2.80%) Spew fire while spinning around.
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 4, Chapter 5

Item Data

Item Data: Spittle Bone
Image Name - Game
Description
Type / Users Attributes / Consume Statistics / Sell Found Notes
Bullet Soul HD Icon.png Spittle Bone - Harmony of Despair [edit]
Spew fire while spinning around. Bullet Soul
Soma 
Attrib: Fire
Consume: 12 MP 
ATK +5
Rarity: *
Steal: Spittle Bone (2.8%)

Gallery

See also

References

  1. Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts at The British Library.
  2. Артабатиты at Bestiary.us.

External links

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