Undead

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Researchers and adventurers alike recognize two major divisions of the undead: those built around physical remains, and those that are built around spiritual remains.

Spiritual or Non-Corporeal

The spiritual undead are, largely, academic for the purposes of discussing Necromancers. While some Necromancers have demonstrated an ability to conjure or create them, the vast majority of Necromancers are unable or unwilling to replicate the feat. While there is some confusion about what limits this practice, or why the obviously demonstrated technique has not spread, it is a fortunate fact that most necromantic cults lack power over damnation.

Spiritual undead range from Maeldryths to Pale Grey Death Spirits to Snaer Hafwa. They are invulnerable to mundane weaponry, since nothing tangible exists to receive the attack, but Blessed weapons can affect them directly.

Physical or Corporeal

The physical undead have been categorized in various ways over the years, typically by whatever system is in vogue among the Clerics at the time. For the Necromancers' own purposes, they define four states of physical undeath.

The first is the simple raising of a corpse, in whatever condition it was found, and setting it in motion once again with a burst of magic and crude thanatological rites. These are perhaps the "classic" undead as your average imagines them. The soul and mind escape the process, leaving a clumsy puppet of flesh or bone with no volition except what twisted instincts the tortured force of life has granted them.

The second is the laborious construction of a body. The most fearsome of undead monsters are a result of this process, literally cutting and stitching necrotic flesh into a form far different than the "donors" of the material. While often far more specialized and physically capable, these share the same supernatural and spiritual qualities as the first group. They are nothing but unnatural animals.

The third category of undead is rare, but among the most dangerous an adventurer can expect to encounter semi-regularly. While the soul is beyond most Necromancers, sufficiently advanced necromancy can ensnare the mind, preserving the personality and memories of the fallen. These undead retain some degree of the capacities they had in life. A magician raised in this manner still commands the mana streams, while a criminal will retain his devious skills. There are various exceptions to this -- for obvious reasons, undead priests are not useful without a conversion to Maelshyve --, but it holds as a general rule. Sinister Maelshyvean Hierophants are an example.

Though these undead can be described as people in a vague sense, it is impossible to escape that they are simply intelligent monsters. The mind and body lack an anchoring soul, and the monster faces utter destruction at death. While the Necromancer has no overt psychic influence on the personality -- unless he employs other magic to that end -- the undead's creator retains utter and unbreakable power of life and death over his construct. The minds and corpses of enemies are rarely treated this way, for the result is a devious slave.

Lichdom

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A lich is a necromancer who has turned his powers inward to become a self-animating, undead being. The most infamous lich is Lyras, who descended into undeath after her death at the hands of Vael. Lichdom is currently beyond the reach of PC Necromancers.

Lichdom should not be confused with merely raising a magician in undeath. The Descent, as it is often called, is a personal process. Only a Necromancer may attain the state, and he may only do it to himself.

The lich retains complete control over his faculties, and blurs the line between man and monster. Liches transcend their creations' risk of casual destruction and oblivion; in fact, liches are often notorious for the difficulty of keeping them dead. More than merely a shadow of life, the lich state often greatly expands the Necromancer's physical and supernatural capacities.

Though the line between man and monster is blurred, it is not wholly gone. The lich state lacks the physical capacities of life, and it heralds the destruction or abandonment of the immortal soul. Necromancers are aware that, in an essential way, the lich state is not "them" -- it is an animated body possessing their personality, but the spiritual center of their being is no longer present. Lichdom is often regarded as a last-ditch state, to preserve something of the self when age or exceptional conflict threatens to not allow the Necromancer to return from death. Only the truly Perverse, who earn the title for the rest of their brethren, see it as nothing but a road to power.

Undead Creature List

Standard Undead

 Creature
Level
Min
Ranks
Max
Ranks
CorporealSkinBoxesMap
Zombie goblin0035CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap31f
Pale grey death squirrel11035CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap7b
Lesser skeleton21228Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap13
Fell hog21040Corporeal--RanikMap4
Ghoul42644CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap7b
RanikMap13
Goblin zombie41545Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap4
Revenant zombie44559Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap63
RanikMap41a
Small grendel53550CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap7a
RanikMap7b
Tortured soul (1)61645Incorporeal--RanikMap30b
Revenant conscript62550Incorporeal-BoxesRanikMap8
Faenrae reaver73552CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap12
Zombie kobold savage1885110CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap64c
Zombie kobold headhunter1885110CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap64c
Skeletal kobold savage1885110CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap64c
Skeletal kobold headhunter1885110CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap64c
Drowned one2190150Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap150
Eidolon steed22100125CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap68a
Undead gerbil23100145Corporeal--RanikMap7a
Crypt fiend25100145Incorporeal-BoxesRanikMap12a
Giant blight bat2590170CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap135
RanikMap129
Mutant togball26130165CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap121
Dark spirit (1)31130170Incorporeal-BoxesRanikMap4a
RanikMap43
RanikMap92
Zombie boar33130180CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap7a
Rotting deadwood dryad36150250Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap134
Seordhevor kartais38180230CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap63a
Sickly blightwater nyad39160250Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap134
Dark spirit (2)40200250Incorporeal-BoxesRanikMap43
Pale grey death spirit40200250Incorporeal-BoxesRanikMap8a
RanikMap6
RanikMap30b
RanikMap60
RanikMap92
Cadaverous yeehar44150300Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap48
Dark spirit (3)47235300Incorporeal-BoxesRanikMap43
Lanky grey lach48210316CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap64d
Sinuous ice adder50200300CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap139
RanikMap138
RanikMap140
Transparent shylvic50240325Incorporeal-BoxesRanikMap64d
Feral bone mastiff56245310CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap64d
Ghoul raven56280380Corporeal--RanikMap99c
Zombie nomad56260410Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap46a
Faenrae assassin67375500Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap67b
Icy blue ghast68280430Corporeal--RanikMap140
Misshapen germish'din71330520CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap63
Wir dinego72360450Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap9b
RanikMap99c
Maelshyvean shadow beast79320650CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap31d
Snaer hafwa82380600Incorporeal--RanikMap12a
RanikMap99b
Zombie stomper84460625Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap121
Vile plague wraith89450630Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap143
Zombie mauler92500670Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap121
Sinister Maelshyvean hierophant101575700CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap31d
Misenseor resuscitant101550800Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap12a
Zombie head-splitter105600733Corporeal-BoxesRanikMap121
Enraged tusky107500750CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap121
Misty black zephyr110525760IncorporealSkinnable-RanikMap136
Forager ghoul127600800CorporealSkinnableBoxesRanikMap31a
Telga orek1518001,300Corporeal--RanikMap70b
Lesser North Wind banshee1609001,300Incorporeal--RanikMap138
Bone wyvern1951,4501,750CorporealSkinnable-RanikMap70b

Quest, Event and Invasion Undead

 Creature
Level
Min
Ranks
Max
Ranks
CorporealBoxesSkin
Mange-covered rotting Prydaen60100CorporealBoxes-
Mange-covered rotting Rakash60100CorporealBoxes-
Noxious flea-ridden beast80140CorporealBoxes-
Cracked bone warrior1500
Shambling horror1500CorporealBoxes-
Putrefying shambler1500CorporealBoxes-
Bone amalgam180250Corporeal--
Pirate zombie45200350CorporealBoxes-
Preserved zombified Prydaen240350
Muscular ghoulish slayer250550
Unctuous Rakash zombie2600CorporealBoxes-
Unctuous Prydaen zombie340530CorporealBoxes-
Decomposing Merelew2,0000CorporealBoxes
Gestalt draugen2,0000

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