Undead is a term that collectively refers to once-living creatures which have been animated by spiritual or supernatural forces.

Origins of Undeath

Malym's tears.

Becoming Undead

There are six basic ways a living creature can become undead.

  • Purposeful personal reanimation - This is where a living creature willing undergoes the transformation to undeath. In most cases the creature will already be evil, but this is not always the case. The most common reasons a creature seeks undeath are: fear of dying of old age, fear of dying from a wound and power.
  • Minions - This is where an intelligent creature creates undead creatures to serve their own ends. Undead are often used as guards. Evil spellcasters often create hordes of undead to do their bidding.
  • Atrocity calls to unlife - This is where a creature commits a evil, heinous act and is transformed into an undead creature. Not every such act results in undead creation and it is completely random. It's common enough for evil creatures to become undead this way, but anyone who commits a evil enough act can become undead because of it.
  • Unfinished Business -This is where a creature dies or is killed with an important deed left undone. Not every creature with such a need results in them becoming undead and it is completely random. Any intelligent creature, of any alignment can become undead in this way.
  • The Dark Curse -This is where the evil forces simply create undead at random. This can happen to any creature, anywhere and at anytime.
  • Death by wounds caused by another undead - Most forms of undead will cause their victim to become one of their type by causing a mortal wound. This is common in ghouls and vampires. This can affect a creature of any alignment.
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