2.6 THE WALKING DEAD
On rare occasions no psychopomp
comes to release the soul of a recently departed child
of clay. If
left only for two or three days, there is no problem. The soul will wait peacefully to be freed.
By the third or fourth day, however, things have
the soul becomes restless, and the decayed husk all
around will begin to corrupt it.
It is a form of insanity of sorts.
By the fifth and sixth day it is too much to
In desperation the soul reanimates
the body. Once
again the arms and legs begin to move, and the brain
itself begins to functions.
But this newly revived soul is not like it was
decaying flesh all around has driven it mad and filled
it with rage. It
wanders about, lashing out at any living creatures it
It is a myth that the walking dead
have a craving for human flesh.
While they will almost certainly attack any human
they come across, it is out of rage not hunger.
Psychopomps who find one of these
wretched things can still free its soul.
The task, however, is slightly harder, requiring
a roll of 25 to complete. Once the soul is freed, the body is no longer animate
and can be buried in peace.
the walking dead first rises, all his aspects remain at
their original level.
All other traits on the character sheet are
irrelevant at this point.
As time passes, however, and the decaying flesh
loses more and more cohesiveness, these aspects will
begin to drop.
The time it takes for a body to completely decay
is dependent on the climate and surroundings.
The process of total decay can take from as
little as a week to as long as a few months.
When these aspects reach 0, the creature can no
Even when the body is completely incapacitated, the soul will remain with what is left of the bones. It will remain trapped there forever, until a psychopomp come along to free it.