Undead is the collective name for all types of
supernatural entities that are deceased yet still behave as
if they are alive. Undead may be spiritual, such as ghosts,
or corporeal, such as animated corpses or apparitions.
They are restless spirits, souls caught in the void
between life and death. From beyond the threshold to the
realm of the dead they look back on the world of the living,
full of jealousy and loathing for the world they once
inhabited. They refuse to bow to the natural order,
sentencing themselves into an eternally cruel existence.
A few of them manage to infiltrate the land of the living and
manifest there by desecrating the bodies of the freshly dead or
possessing the remains of those that died long ago. These revenants
are the undead, and no living creature is spared from their wrath,
so driven by hate are these unnatural beings.
Their senseless appetite for destruction makes them ideal for the
battlefield, and over the years, many mages have tried to harness
the power of these creatures for their own purposes. These mages are
know as Necromancers, and can control the hordes of the undead,
summoning them at will.
The Undead are featured in the legends of most cultures and in
many works of fiction, especially fantasy and horror fiction.
My burden bearing I
In mortal darkness all forlorn.
Death I took, mistook for life,
Love I lost, befriended strife.
My eyes I filled with blood, I did
With heated coal my bosom filled.
I laid the trap my foot ensnared,
My life it died and hope despaired.
Morbid nights and mirthless days,
Mortal sins, infernal ways.
My ways, my ways, Oh! Why assay,
For dead am I undead I lay.
Ranju Kaura, Undead