December 14- Zombie


The zombie pictured here was initially killed by a bullet to the chest, culprit unknown. What caused its other fleshly deficiencies is also unknown.

Ah, zombies. Every necromancy student’s first real project after animating individual fingers and organs, zombies are ubiquitous in the modern city, working simple, high-risk tasks we would rather not have humans do. They fit these roles well, working from muscle memory and extremely simple learning abilities. So it is likely little surprise that they are found in the north as well.

Zombies in the north have two sources. Some are created by rogue necromancers, practicing their skills and making servants for whatever tasks they have. These are more likely to be dangerous, potentially ordered to defend their master from anything that comes near their home. While a zombie is widely known to be one of the weakest sorts of monsters, they may be backed up by undead who actually produce a threat. The greater moon magic of the far north does increase their longevity, but the cold makes them even less dexterous and strong than a regular zombie.

Those that arise naturally from the moon’s light are even more harmless, and usually short-lived. Slow, shambling, and passive, they are easy prey for anything they stumble across. Their only saving grace is the interest of moon men. Once in a while, they will run into these natural zombies and take an interest. For a time, they will defend the zombies from other threats in order to study them.

Like any zombie, they do not properly die unless their entire body is destroyed. The digestive fluids of the north’s predators are more than enough to do this.

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  1. I imagine necromancers in this world tend to be quite rich, assuming they didn’t go rogue at some point. Having access to so much free labor without enslaving living people seems like the ideal of a capitalist society.

    • Oh, very much so. Although of course it depends on the nation. Some have more powerful unions that limit the use of zombies for manual labor. It’s basically like our automation issues in the real world.

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