The Stung Man is the antagonist of Book of the Dead, the first TombQuest book. He's got an... Interesting backstory.
The Stung Man wasn't called the Stung Man at that point, not yet. Everyone gets their nickname for a reason.
As the pharaoh's men searched outside, the thief discovered that his hiding place was full of scorpions.
Alex tried to imagine it. Was there light in the cave, or was it the sound that first alerted him to the fact that something was wrong? By then it didn't matter, because they were on him. The thief was stung again and again, all over his body: his legs, his torso, his arms, his neck. His face.
He refused to call out.
He chose death over capture.
When they finally found him, he was swollen past recognition. His stubborn courage earned the pharaoh's grudging respect. The Stung Man was given a lavish burial and a story that would last thousands of years.
TombQuest: Book of the Dead, chapter 4
I know some Egyptian mythology and stories, but I've never heard of a story like this. Then again, I'm hardly an expert.
Is there any Egyptian story like this? Did Michael Northrop base his story off of anything?