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Undead Origins

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Legend
For Coin & Blood
Swords & Wizardry
Undead: ?
Skeleton: Animate Dead spell.
Zombie: Animate Dead spell.
Wight: ?
Wraith: ?
Mummy: ?
Spectre: ?
Vampire: ?
Lich: ?

Animate Dead
Spell Level: M5 Range: Narrator’s discretion Duration: Permanent
This spell animates skeletons or zombies from dead bodies. 1d6 undead are animated (per level of the caster above 8th). The corpses remain animated until destroyed or dispelled.
 

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Legend
Grimmsgate
Swords & Wizardry
Tomb Guardian: ?
Guardian Skeleton: The sarcophagi in this room all contain normal (not animated) skeletons. If the characters attempt to loot this tomb, under the very eyes of the Tomb Guardian, the guardian will raise its arms and each of the skeletons in the sarcophagi will rise as extremely powerful undead beings.

Skeleton: ?
 

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Legend
Hex Crawl Chronicles 1 Valley of the Hawks Swords and Wizardry Edition
Swords & Wizardry
Zombie: ?
Rusalka: Over 200 years ago, a wise woman of the elves drowned in the river here, killed by a prince whose affections she spurned. Her spirit became a rusalka, a undead being that seeks vengeance on the living.
Shadow: ?
Wraith: ?
Countess Jordelia, Vampire: ?
Vampire: ?
Mummy: Mummified Snake Men.
Count Kardofo, Vampire: ?
Haimonna, Vampire: Kardofo has taken residence in the root cellar behind the home of the village mayor, Tamosirus, and has already turned the mayor’s wife, Haimonna, into his willing bride.
Vampire Thug: Ten other villagers have been turned, and now patrol the village at night wielding long, bronze daggers and enforcing their master’s new order.
 

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Legend
Hex Crawl Chronicles 2 The Winter Woods - Swords and Wizardry Edition
Swords & Wizardry
Undead High Priest: ?
Undead War Horse: ?
Undead Priest: ?
Maiden of the Maze: ?
Ghoul Aquatic: ?
King Ottin, Shadow Fighter 8: King Ottin and his people were cursed in ancient times to never again see the sun or feel its warmth.
Shadow Knight: King Ottin and his people were cursed in ancient times to never again see the sun or feel its warmth.
Dweomer Wraith: ?

Ghoul: ?
Lich: ?
Mummy: ?
Shadow: King Ottin and his people were cursed in ancient times to never again see the sun or feel its warmth.
Skeleton: ?
Vampire: ?
Zombie: Zombies are humanoids who have died at sea or galley slaves from the black arks that have somehow fallen overboard.
 

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Legend
Hex Crawl Chronicles 3 Beyond Black Water - Swords and Wizardry Edition
Swords & Wizardry
Veporth, Mummy Priest: ?
Ghostly Scribe: The souls claimed by Gohl [one of the Petty Deaths].
Ghostly Philosopher: The souls claimed by Gohl [one of the Petty Deaths].
Palocar, The Palocar: ?
Ghostly Slave: ?
Skeletal Elephant: ?
Spectral Lady: ?
Noble Wraith: ?
Imperial Crypt Thing: ?
Ghostly Servant: ?
Sea Vampire: ?
Adrimiret, Lich: ?
Shade: Atoda is the petty death who takes charge of those who die from old age or unfortunate accidents.
Ghostly Doppelganger: ?
Ghostly Rat: ?
Zombie Giant: ?
Alu, Lich: ?

Zombie: The Land Beyond the Black Water is both of the mortal world and beyond the mortal world, a nexus of the lands of life and death. The country is always shrouded in twilight, with a moon that rises and sets in the manner of the sun in the land of the living. The souls of the dead wash up on the land’s rocky shores as spirits made corporeal and trapped in lifeless bodies. Some float up the river, for the Sluggish River flows from the sea to the mountains, rather than the reverse. Some souls animate their fleshy prisons in the form of zombies, others escape as ghostly shadows and many are extracted and traded as commodities by the weird citizens of this terrible country.
Shadow: The Land Beyond the Black Water is both of the mortal world and beyond the mortal world, a nexus of the lands of life and death. The country is always shrouded in twilight, with a moon that rises and sets in the manner of the sun in the land of the living. The souls of the dead wash up on the land’s rocky shores as spirits made corporeal and trapped in lifeless bodies. Some float up the river, for the Sluggish River flows from the sea to the mountains, rather than the reverse. Some souls animate their fleshy prisons in the form of zombies, others escape as ghostly shadows and many are extracted and traded as commodities by the weird citizens of this terrible country.
Ghoul: ?
Wight: ?
Ghast: ?
Wraith: ?
Mummy: The mummies of the embalmers should not be confused with those of the ancient Egyptians or Incas. In the embalmer culture, a corpse is initially prepared in a way similar to the Egyptians, using a fragrant oils and a conglomeration of herbs in a secret formula. After steeping in this formula, the skin of the mummy peels away. Its organs are then removed and placed in funerary urns. The corpse is them methodically dipped in beeswax, the color of the wax depending on its rank and position in life, with a deep purple-crimson wax being used for kings and a saffron wax for philosophers. A jet imbroglio depicting the corpse as it looked in life is placed under the tongue, it is dressed in flowing robes of black, a gold, conical hat is placed on its head and the ritual to animate the corpse then takes place. The corpse is animated in its closet to keep it from spreading mummy rot to the priests.
Lacedon, Aquatic Ghoul: ?
Allip: ?
Skeleton: ?
Cinder Ghoul: The guests of the lord, stuffing their faces with sweets and savories while the old woman went hungry, were burnt to a cinder in the meteoric conflagration and rose as three cinder ghouls who rise like smoke from the floor if the meteor is touched.
Poltergeist: ?
 
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Hex Crawl Chronicles 5 The Pirate Coast - Swords and Wizardry Edition
Swords & Wizardry
Oblivion Wraith: ?
Humladil, Lich: ?
Infre, Phantom: The child was called Infre, and was the issue of a magic-user of questionable sanity and a demon. After poisoning several playmates, Infre was chased to the river and killed by an arrow in the back from a local hunter. Infre’s body shriveled unnaturally and his bones were placed within the stonework of the bridge, was then under construction.
Giant Skeleton: ?
Cumont, Lich: ?
Shade: These battlements are haunted by warrior shades, sailors who lost their lives in the dangerous straits and found their souls bound to the island.

Ghoul: ?
Zombie: ?
Phantom: Phantoms are translucent spirits of creatures that died a particularly violent death.
Fire Phantom: At the bottom of the spiral there is a large, empty throne room where once sat Florius the Kobold King before he angered those spirits that lurk beyond the veil. Florius is now a great mass of wriggling flesh that shifts and mutates before one’s eyes. Five handmaidens surround the thing that was Florius. They wear green robes and alternately fan the creature with palm fronds and whip it with leather straps. The whipping is concentrated on pustules that appear on the skin. As these pustules burst, thoqqua fall onto the floor and rush to the walls, burrowing into and cocooning themselves – a month later, they emerge as fire phantoms.
 


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Hex Crawl Chronicles 7 The Golden Meadows - Swords and Wizardry Edition
Swords & Wizardry
Infant Vampire: An undead variant, infant vampires hatch from blood soaked eggs rather than being created from living humanoids. These creatures are quite rare, created under unusual circumstances. Generally, a spell casting vampire will encase a stillborn child in a caul-like substance that he or she creates, which then hardens as it preserves the body. Left near a source of negative energy, they infant vampires gradually incubates, waiting for the necessary blood to hatch.
Varghoul: ?
Giant Beetle Exoskeleton: ?
Vazgar, Lich: ?
Mishka, Vampire: ?
Icthyosaur Skeleton: The petrified skeleton of an ichthyosaur lurks beneath the sands here. Animated long ago by a necromancer, it guards the hex from intruders, for hidden deeper beneath the sands there is a large bunker complex that the necromancer used as his base of operations.
Dancing Spirit: ?

Shadow: These chalk caves capture the shadows of creatures that enter and spend more than 10 minutes within, assuming they have a light source with which to cast those shadows.
Ghoul: ?
Skeleton: ?
Lich: ?
Undead: ?
Spectre: The miners lost in the cave-in still dwell in these tunnels as three specters.
Vampire: A valley here in the deep mountains is well watered by springs and filled with willow-like trees with coppery bark and dark green leaves. The branches are heavy with bunches of berries that look like white grapes. These berries are red on the inside and their flesh tastes of blood. Strange, gaunt squirrels inhabit these trees and favor these berries. When they are stolen, these creatures become quite irate and attack the invaders, revealing that they are also fond of humanoid blood. The only other inhabitants of the valley are a band of haggard-looking vampires. The vampires were once human adventurers who sampled the berries – each berry that is eaten carries with it a 5% chance of infecting the eater with a blood disease that slowly transforms them into vampires over the course of 30 days.
 

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Legend
Midgard Swords & Wizardry Guidebook
Swords & Wizardry
Darakhul: Like ordinary ghouls, the darakhul ghoul rises from the infected corpses of other races.
Darakhul Fever disease.
Darakhul Warrior: ?
Darakhul Necromage: ?
Firegeist: When a fire elemental meets its destruction in a particularly humiliating fashion, what returns is a firegeist.
Gray Thirster: ?
Lich Hound: ?
Risen Reaver: The risen reaver is an undead creature born from a warrior fallen on the battlefield. Its body becomes an avatar of combat, with four legs and a pair of long, heavy arms. In the process, it sheds its skin, becoming entirely undead muscle, bone, and sinew. When risen reavers take form, they absorb all weapons around them. Some of these weapons pierce their bodies, and others become part of the risen reaver’s armament. Their four legs are tipped with blades on which they walk like metallic spiders. Their arms are covered in weaponry infused into their flesh, which they use to crush and flay any living creatures they encounter.
Sarcophogus Slime: A sarcophogus slime can target one foe within 30ft every 1d4 rounds with its corrupting gaze. The target must make a saving throw or take 2d4 points of damage. A creature killed by this gaze becomes a sarcophagus slime within 24 hours.
Black King Lucas, Vampire Lord: ?
Otmar the Sallow, Vampire Lord: ?
Vaettir: ?

Wraith: ?
Ghoul: Darakhul Fever disease.
Ghast: Darakhul Fever disease.
Ghost: ?

Darakhul Fever
Spread mainly through bite wounds, this rare disease makes itself known within 24 hours by debilitating the infected. A creature so afflicted must make a saving throw or take 2d6 points of damage every hour until cured. A creature that dies from darakhul fever has a chance to rise as an undead. Roll 1d20 on the following table:
1d20
Result
1–9
None; victim is simply dead
10–15
Ghoul
16–19
Ghast
20
Darakhul
 
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Legend
Monster Mash Rehash: A Host of Horrors & Creatures
Swords & Wizardry
Ghoul Cat: ?
Ghoul: There are legends that a scratch from a Ghoul Cat can turn a human into a ghoul.
Any character who has been paralyzed by a Ghoul Cat and survived must also make a saving throw or be turned into a ghoul in 2d6 days. A Cure Disease spell will cure this condition.
Zombie Grub: Through ancient and profane rituals, powerful necromancers are able to transform disgusting rot grubs into an even more vile creature with a variety of evil uses.
 

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Legend
Operation Unfathomable
Swords & Wizardry
Beetle Ghost: Incorporeal remnants of the Beetle civilization.
Ape Mummy Two-Headed Medium: The reanimation process activates a dim consciousness in the eon-old apes, allowing them a modicum of silent personality.
Ape Mummy Two-Headed Giant: The reanimation process activates a dim consciousness in the eon-old apes, allowing them a modicum of silent personality.
Ghost Giant Hamster: ?
Revenant: ?
Ilgoriath, Lesser Lich: ?
Lesser Lich: ?
Grandfather Lich: ?
Vancirian of the Black Ooze River Valley, Vampire: ?
Vampire: ?
 

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Legend
Operation Unfathomable Player's Guide
Swords & Wizardry
Citizen Lich: In civilized areas of Planet Uluros, where magocracy remains the predominant form of government, magic-users frequently attempt to extend their lives by making a transition to an undead condition. These attempts succeed often enough, but more commonly end in the magic-user’s destruction, or, more rarely, in a transformation to a lesser form of lich called a citizen lich.
 

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Legend
Quests of Doom 4: A Little Knowledge (S&W)
Swords & Wizardry
Zombie, Walking Dead: Each morning, the desperate necromancer animates his former test subjects and other dead humanoids from the grounds around the library and sends them into battle against the dwarven garrison now guarding the Southern Pass.
If the characters arrive at the library while Thanopsis’ undead warriors are away in battle at Burvaadun, the library is surprisingly undefended. Shortly after their destruction, Thanopsis immediately raises a force of 12 skeletons and 12 zombies to defend the library. They form in Area L1, where they wait quietly and occasionally wander around the building’s perimeter.
Skeleton: Each morning, the desperate necromancer animates his former tests subjects and other dead humanoids from the grounds around the library and sends them into battle against the dwarven garrison how guarding the Southern Pass.
If the characters arrive at the library while Thanopsis’ undead warriors are away in battle at Burvaadun, the library is surprisingly undefended. Shortly after their destruction, Thanopsis immediately raises a force of 12 skeletons and 12 zombies to defend the library. They form in Area L1, where they wait quietly and occasionally wander around the building’s perimeter.
Undead: The Kingdom of Arcady’s human subjects never died. Instead, they retreated into a great necropolis, where they were mummified and transformed into a variety of undead monsters.
The Khemitites, the library’s builders, were obsessed with the afterlife. Those unwilling to pass onto the next world were sometimes transformed into undead monstrosities. Mummification was also a common practice, and it was not uncommon for the dead to arise from their coffins and terrorize the living.
Lantern Goat: ?
Human Zombie: Each morning, the desperate necromancer animates his former test subjects and other dead humanoids from the grounds around the library and sends them into battle against the dwarven garrison now guarding the Southern Pass.
Orc Zombie: Each morning, the desperate necromancer animates his former test subjects and other dead humanoids from the grounds around the library and sends them into battle against the dwarven garrison now guarding the Southern Pass.
Spellgorged Zombie: If this occurs, the troubled magic-user calls upon his two former protégés who now serve him in death. Shortly after the library’s fall, Thanopsis transformed these unfortunate souls into 2 spellgorged zombies.
Travvok, Gynosphinx Zombie: During the library’s last chaotic days, the cowardly Thanopsis cajoled the library’s most frequent visitors and patrons into fighting against the orcs besieging the surrounding settlement. Most gladly took up arms at the powerful wizard’s behest, but the aloof sphinx, Travvok, refused. The spiteful wizard never forgot Travvok’s betrayal. When she returned to peruse the library’s shelves after Arcady’s demise, the angry Thanopsis momentarily forgot his fear and killed the beast that had abandoned him in his darkest hour. In a deliberately ironic twist, he transformed Travvok into an gynosphinx zombie that guards the library today.
Hoar Spirit: ?
Crypt Thing: Thanopsis and a visiting priest combined forces to create the crypt thing that protects the ossuary and Thanopsis’ tomb from defilement.
 


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Legend
Quests of Doom 4: Fishers of Men (S&W)
Swords & Wizardry
Tyler Ebbensflow, Draug Captain: Unfortunately the horrible circumstances surrounding the deaths of these ships’ sailors left some of them hungry for revenge.
Draug Mate: Unfortunately the horrible circumstances surrounding the deaths of these ships’ sailors left some of them hungry for revenge.
William the Mad Crawdad, Bhuta: The pool filled with pike also contains the earthly remains of the scuttled rowboat’s only occupant, William the Mad Crawdad — a notorious saboteur, sailor and murderer on the run from distant Endhome. Confident he shook his dogged pursuers, the fugitive blissfully set sail for the shores of the Dragonmarsh Lowlands only to come face to face with a greater horror than a hangman’s noose. The scoundrel ran afoul of the disgusting sea hags, but even their revolting appearance and dread curse could not overcome his evil. He swam toward the wharf and climbed onto dry land, where he outran his enemies straight into Quattu’s waiting tentacles. The aberration and its allies finally meted out justice to William, but even death could not suppress his despicable spirit. The lifelong mariner longed to be buried at sea, a fate the chuul-ttaen foolishly denied him. Instead, the despicable William’s spirit rose from the grave as a bhuta.
Eaten Alive Haunt: Although the wizard’s body is no longer here, his horrific demise left its lasting impression on his quarters, giving rise to a sinister haunt.
Thalius Degeners, Spectre: Quattu and the crabmen tortured and brutalized Oliver’s devoted foreman, Thalius Degeneres. The agonizing ordeal transformed the formerly genial man into a seething pulp filled with hatred. When he finally succumbed, the vengeful spirit arose as a spectre that still haunts his bedchamber.
Though he continues his attack, he tells the characters that crabmen and a much-larger lobster-like creature with writhing tentacles on its face killed him.
Joy Montez, Allip: After witnessing the carnage around them, Joy Montez and her sister Lily decided it would be better to take their own lives than face a gruesome demise. The act caused their souls to linger in this place as 2 allips.
Lilly Montez, Allip: After witnessing the carnage around them, Joy Montez and her sister Lily decided it would be better to take their own lives than face a gruesome demise. The act caused their souls to linger in this place as 2 allips.
Human Meat Puppet: During the struggle, Quattu ordered the crabmen to subject three of the facility’s fish processors to the horrific fate of being gutted and filleted alive. Unbeknownst to the chuul-ttaen, the revelry of carnage infused the boneless corpses with the necromantic energy that suffuses the marshlands here and animated them as revolting undead creatures.
Ghast: The chuul-ttaen subjected the five plumpest human captives to the horrific fate of sealing them alive within the packing crates. Much to Quattu’s chagrin and the crabmen’s terror, the first crate unsealed three days ago created a frightful ghast who slew a crabman before the disappointed aberration personally destroyed it.
 

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Legend
Quests of Doom 4: Forgive and Regret (S&W)
Swords & Wizardry
Hamish MacDuncan, Vampire: Realizing that a better offer was unlikely to materialize, the matriarch agreed to the deal but promised a curse upon MacDuncan’s eternal soul if he betrayed them and turned the Viroeni over to the hostile locals. MacDuncan swore an oath upon a holy book of Vanitthu he had never felt cause to read and promised he would see them delivered away from the folk they sought to flee. He did not tell them, however, that he had taken gold from those same people to remove the gypsy problem from their midst or that no such safe path through the bog, in fact, existed.
Once in the depths of the Wytch Bog, it was a simple matter for the woods-wise veteran to lead the Viroeni astray, cause them to become separated, and use his swampcraft and battle experience to eliminate them in small groups or one by one through treachery or outright murder. When all was said and done, and the blood-spattered MacDuncan watched the matriarch’s lifeless eye seemingly fix its baleful gaze upon him as her corpse sank beneath the waters of a bog, no more than a handful of the Viroeni had made it out of the swamp alive to tell the tale. But four of those handful did not scatter and flee like the rest. Instead they made their own preparations and returned only a few weeks later.
The four sons of the Viroeni matriarch had managed to elude MacDuncan’s murderous intent but were unable to stop his massacre of their people. When they emerged from the swamp, they swore their bond to one another to see their mother’s curse completed. When they returned scant weeks later they were penniless with only the clothes they wore upon their backs to their names — and a new pine coffin carried between them.
The sons found MacDuncan drunk at his isolated home one night when the moon was dark. They set upon the surprised warrior and overpowered him before he could mount a resistance. With thick ropes they bound his coffin closed and carried him deep into the Wytch Bog where he had taken the lives of their kinsmen and women. As MacDuncan sobered up and found himself unable to break free from his confinement, the truth of the situation began to seep into his gin-soaked mind. The last any outside the bog ever heard from him were his muffled cries begging mercy, cursing his captors, and promising eternal revenge. Neither he nor the Viroeni youths was ever seen alive again.
But life — such as it was to become — was not entirely over for Hamish MacDuncan. The Viroeni matriarch’s curse, enacted by the vengeance of her sons, came to fruition when Hamish did not rest easy but awoke after only a short time as a vampiric monster.
Shambling Corpses: The characters’ subsequent delve into the bog enters a haunted realm populated by shambling corpses, vengeful undead creatures, and pathetic spirits borne from Hamish’s genocide.
Vengeful Undead: The characters’ subsequent delve into the bog enters a haunted realm populated by shambling corpses, vengeful undead creatures, and pathetic spirits borne from Hamish’s genocide.
Pathetic Spirit: The characters’ subsequent delve into the bog enters a haunted realm populated by shambling corpses, vengeful undead creatures, and pathetic spirits borne from Hamish’s genocide.
Eladrian, Groaning Spirit: ?
Bog Mummy: The ghastly reminders of Hamish’s infamous deed are visible throughout the Wytch Bog. Stray bones, personal mementoes, and shreds of clothing line the edges of most stagnant ponds in the accursed parcel of wetlands. These objects, however, can never fully reveal the abject terror the victims experienced during their final moments. These raw emotions stir the dead back into existence as undead monstrosities. In this case, 4 bog mummies rise from the peaty graves to batter the living.
Unrequited: Unrequiteds are the lingering forms of adolescents who died suddenly and violently at the hands of another.
On this spot centuries ago the callous soldier systematically butchered 22 mothers and their children. After he finished the deed, he tossed their bodies into these waters. Their suffering was so great, 3 unrequiteds coalesced at the spot.
 


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Legend
Quests of Doom 4: War of Shadows (S&W)
Swords & Wizardry
Undead Sorcerer: ?
Shadow: The skeleton belongs to Ankehaton, the only priest who refused to turn his back on Aten and worship Ahriman, the wicked lord of the divs. Atumshutsep and four other clerics horrifically murdered their fellow priest, but the ghastly act and the presence of a dark entity infused Ankehaton’s soul with evil and rage. His spirit survived and transformed into a shadow demon. The vengeful Ankehaton slew two of his killers, turning them into 2 shadows.
Huecuva: The nihilistic Ahriman gave his greatest gift to his newfound converts — complete and utter destruction. The wicked being betrayed them even as their former patron Aten condemned them as well. The Khemitian god transformed the heretics into 5 huecuvas.
Haunt: Unfortunately, not all of the refugees survived the perilous descent. Though their unpreserved flesh and bones rotted away long ago, their fear and anguish in the final moments as [they] fell to their untimely deaths linger in the form of a haunt.
Emissary of Mirkeer, Bloody Bones: ?
 

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Rappan Athuk - Swords and Wizardry
Swords & Wizardry
Barrow Wight: Creatures hit by a barrow wight’s slam attack are drained of one level. Creatures killed by this level drain rise as barrow wights in 1d4 rounds and remain under their creator’s control until it is destroyed.
Devouring Mist: Spawned of the dreams of the Bloodwraith, devouring mists are undead composed of equal parts blood and malice, wedded together by negative energy.
If a victim’s constitution is reduced to 0 due to the devouring mist’s ability drain, the blood from the victim’s body forms into a new devouring mist in 1d4 rounds.
A fearful exhalation of the Bloodwraith, the devouring mist seeks only to feed its insatiable hunger for blood.
Spawned of the dreams of the Bloodwraith, devouring mists are undead composed of equal parts blood and malice, wedded together by negative energy.
Duke Aerim the Bloodwraith can cough up a devouring mist 3/day.
Meat Puppet: Meat puppets are boneless, skinless corpses reanimated after being exposed to necromantic energies.
Enemies killed by a bonesucker's attack reanimate within the Temple as meat puppets 24 hours after dying.
The room also holds 8 human meat puppets, the legacy of past bonesucker victims.
Mordnaissant: Occasionally when a pregnant mother dies violently in a place infused with unholy or negative energies, the unborn child within her does not simply perish, but instead continues to grow, vitalized by dark power, until it is capable of clawing its way free from its dead mother.
Anyone entering the room must make a saving throw or succumb to the scent’s intoxicating effect. Those who make their save are immune to its effects for a day. It generates a feeling of pleasurable lassitude coupled with heightened lust. This prompts those affected to copulate again and again, exhausting themselves. Once they begin, victims sustain 1 point of constitution damage per ten minutes spent in this vigorous pursuit. When their constitution drops to 1 point, they become too weak to continue, though the drive remains; victims typically die of thirst or starvation even while they continue to feel the need to mate.
Additional saving throws are allowed for failed victims once every 30 minutes for as long as they remain within the room, or once per minute if they are removed from the chamber. The scent is produced by a specially bred form of magical mold infesting the cushions and carpet, and a thorough cleansing of the room with fire (at least 20 points of damage to all surfaces) eliminates the mold and the threat.
The bodies lying amid the cushions have been looted by past adventurers, and bear only tattered robes or ancient, non-magical armor that is in too poor of shape to function. Horribly, due to a necromantic taint on the room, infants created through this chamber’s powers do not die if the mother dies in the room; her womb continues to expand, and eventually a mordnaissant bursts free.
Undead Soldier: When not warring against rival demon princes, Orcus likes to travel the planes, particularly the Material Plane. Should a foolish spellcaster open a gate and speak his name, he is more than likely going to hear the call and step through to the Material Plane. What happens to the spellcaster that called him usually depends on the reason for the summons and the power of the spellcaster. Extremely powerful spellcasters are usually slain after a while and turned into undead soldiers or generals in his armies.
Undead General: When not warring against rival demon princes, Orcus likes to travel the planes, particularly the Material Plane. Should a foolish spellcaster open a gate and speak his name, he is more than likely going to hear the call and step through to the Material Plane. What happens to the spellcaster that called him usually depends on the reason for the summons and the power of the spellcaster. Extremely powerful spellcasters are usually slain after a while and turned into undead soldiers or generals in his armies.
Black Skeleton: ?
Zelkor, Lich: Zelkor was a powerful wizard who led the army of Light into Rappan Athuk to attack the high priests of Orcus. They say that he didn’t die, and one day he’ll return.
Zelkor the Spectre-Mage, Magic User 9: Zelkor was a powerful wizard who led the army of Light into Rappan Athuk to attack the high priests of Orcus. They say that he didn’t die, and one day he’ll return.
This area is the lair of Zelkor, who was once a good-aligned archmage of some renown. During his quest to drive the evil from this place, he was captured by the evil priests, tortured and eventually slain by Nodroj the spectre once he agreed to worship of Orcus.
Nadroj the Spectre-Wizard: [F]ormerly a magic-user/merchant favored by Orcus, and thus allowed to retain his knowledge of spells.
Restless Spirits: A powerful adventuring group called the Dancing Blades were slain in the dungeon. Their restless spirits now wander its halls, attacking anyone they come across with their phantom weapons.
Exploding Skeleton: ?
Dissolving Zombie: The zombies dissolve into foul greenish goo that will eat your flesh and turn you into one of them!
Duke Aerim the Bloodwraith: ?
Damien, Lich: ?
Simrath the Vampire: Simrath the vampire is the long-undead lord of a small barony in the foothills. He was once a great general of good, and was much loved by his troops. Like many other heroes of the region, Simrath rode off against the forces of Orcus. He was slain in a nighttime battle at the field east of the ford of the Wild Edge River by a vampire serving the evil priests. That vampire was slain by the holy light of a sun priest. Simrath’s companions were unaware of his fate (being turned to a vampire), and buried him with full honors in the foothills near the battlefield, in a wild grove of great beauty.
Shekahn the Vampire: ?
Agamemnon Vampire-Wizard: Agamemnon was a 19th level magic-user who quested for immortality. To this end, as his life drew to a close, he willingly became a vampire, summoning and dominating a member of the undead to do his will. Using a wish spell, he devised a ritual that destroyed his creator after he was transformed, making him free to roam and do as he pleased without a controlling master. Sadly, this process caused him to lose 2 levels of experience; hence, now Agamemnon is only a 17th level magic-user.
Vampire Spawn: ?
Oldaric, Human Fighter 6 Vampire Spawn: He died early on in the Bloodways after a devouring mist sucked him dry. He has become one of the many vampire spawn that lurk within the labyrinth.
Swoana, Vampire: ?
Mhao, Vampire: ?
Itara, Vampire: ?
Grezell, Vampire: ?
Vampire Harlot: ?
Auriferous, Vampiric Gold Dragon: In an attempt to draw forth the soul of an ancient gold dragon named Auriferous, the beast was instead turned in to a vampire.
Meat Puppet Human: These loathsome, twitching undead either descended from the Temple of Final Sacrament, or arose spontaneously from the corpses of victims slain within the Bloodways.
Meat Puppet Otyugh: Some years back several clusters of otyughs swarmed into the Bloodways, only to fall victim to its malign influence. Now the remains of these long-dead creatures roam the halls, attacking any living creature they come upon.
Black Skeleton Artillery: ?
Yokim, Banshee: The acolytes of Orcus entombed Yokim, the unwilling elven concubine of King Goov during life, alive—her crypt sealed and walled up so that she could not leave Goov after his undeath. As she starved to death, sealed in her coffin, Yokim transformed into a banshee.
Malliw Catspar, Ghost: ?
Kor, Storm Giant Ghost: ?
Phalen, Ghost: Once a devout worshiper of Hecate, Phalen was corrupted by the Orcus clerics and damned to guard their burial grounds for eternity.
Igni, Paladin 12 Ghost: Igni was a paladin who almost defeated the avatar of Orcus. When Igni was defeated, Orcus concocted a particularly cruel undeath for the man. The demon lord cursed Igni to his current ghost state but also perverted all of Igni’s abilities into those of an antipaladin. Under the curse Igni is compelled to slay any who try to open the doors. Because the change from paladin to antipaladin was involuntary Igni remains lawful, but cannot act on his alignment, further adding to his torture.
Iron Ghoul: ?
Deserach, Demi-Lich: ?
Deserach, Lich-Mage: ?
Slavish, Lich, Arch-Lich, Sorcerer-Lich 18: ?
Magerly, Lich Necromancer: ?
Cleric Lich: ?
Wizard Lich: ?
Patrol Captain Luther Dwarf Graveknight: ?
Graveknight: In death, the graveknight’s life force lingers on in its armor, not its corpse, in much the same way that a lich’s essence is bound within a phylactery.
Captain Killbessa, Mummy of the Deep: While most of the crew died, the captain and his most ruthless pirates rose again in undeath.
Brine Zombie: While most of the crew died, the captain and his most ruthless pirates rose again in undeath.
Amurru: ?
Mummy Guardian: ?
King Goov, Greater Mummy: Goov made a covenant with Orcus to remain alive after death. In trade, Goov sacrificed 500 young maidens to the evil god, which triggered a revolt among his people, leading to regicide. Honoring his promise, Orcus made Goov undead.
Mummy Priest of Orcus: ?
Plethor, Mummy Cleric 15: ?
Xillin, Mummy Magic-User 15: ?
Naphra-Tep, Greater Mummy: The boy in the sarcophagus was once a powerful prophet of Tiamat and was interred in this temple at some point in ages past. He now exists as a greater mummy, sealed within his tomb.
Goat-Human Skeleton: ?
False-Black Skeleton: These alcoves each contain a false black skeleton (8 total) which are simply normal skeletons painted black, with a minor enchantment allowing limited spell casting.
Abbot Cyngamon, Wight: ?
Guardian of Cyngamon, Undead Swordsman: ?
Bone Warrior: ?
Sword Wight: Creatures killed by Duke Aerim the Bloodwraith rise as a sword wight in 1d4+1 rounds.
Hardier Enchanted Zombie: The documents in the leather case reveal the procedure to create hardier enchanted zombies. This method requires 250 gp worth of material components per zombie and a fully equipped laboratory.
Putrid Zombie: ?
Zombie Horse: ?
Zombie Charcharodon: ?
Kalina, Zombie: A follower of a god of knowledge, Kalina was separated from the rest of the group. She too was captured, and tortured to death at the Talon of Orcus. Her lifeless corpse was then reanimated, and now stands ready to serve her former captors in the Talon as one of the zombies.
Goblin Juju Zombie: ?
Hacked Zombie: ?
Fire Beetle Zombie: ?
Giant Rat Zombie: ?
Troll Zombie: ?
Otyugh Zombie: ?
Humanoid Zombie: ?
Giant Crayfish Zombie: ?
Giant Beetle Zombie: ?
Goblin Zombie: ?
Basilisk Zombie: ?
Yellow Mold-Encrusted Troll Zombie: ?
Zombie Behir: ?
Black Dragon Zombie: ?
Beetlor Zombie: ?
Purple Worm Zombie: ?
Rhinoceros Beetle Zombie: ?
Gray Render Zombie: ?
Vrock Demon Zombie: ?
Haunted Choir: These poor souls, survivors of the retreat but not their master’s cruelty, have each offended one of the clergy of Orcus in some way.
Zombie Horde: ?
Aaphia, Crypt Thing: ?
Bodak Priest: ?
Nightcrawler: ?
Ghul: ?

Ghoul: Inside are the gnawed-on skeletons of some thirty frog-cultists who had rebelled against a long-dead abbot, but were put down to face live entombment. Five of them remain as ghouls inside the room, envious of the living.
These creatures were common soldiers of the army of good, buried within the room and reanimated by the evil presence of the priests of Orcus.
Lich: ?
Mummy: ?
Shadow: Any targets drained by the shadows join their ranks in this room forever.
Skeleton: ?
Spectre: The souls of paladins slain by Nadroj.
Lorvius is extremely cautious about anyone meeting him on this level (fear of assassinations) and never meets with outsiders without his retinue of 4 spectre bodyguards he specifically created for the task and never leaves his side.
The 10 builders have become powerful allips, and the wizard who created the prismatic wall is bound here as a horribly malignant spectre. As all their bones were ground to powder and included in the finishing touches of the room, their restless spirits cannot leave the room, nor pursue beyond the vault door.
The Cursed Tomb curse.
Vampire: If a victim’s constitution is reduced to 0 due to the devouring mist’s ability drain, the blood from the victim’s body forms into a new devouring mist in 1d4 rounds. Further, the victim’s corpse arises as a vampire in 1d4 days, unless the remains are blessed prior to this rising.
Those killed by a devouring mist rise as vampires 1d4 days later unless their remains are blessed.
Shekahn wants to make spawn rather than kill the PCs outright. Anyone taken prisoner is drained and turned into a vampire.
Agamemnon cast spells until engaged, then he fights using his bite attacks until he spawns 1or 2 new vampires.
Wight: The wights gang up on one character at a time; any PC killed by a wight adds to their number and joins the fight on their side.
Wraith: The wraiths are the restless spirits of those slain in the dungeon, out to seek revenge on all living things.
The boy in the sarcophagus was once a powerful prophet of Tiamat and was interred in this temple at some point in ages past. He now exists as a greater mummy, sealed within his tomb. The spirits of his advisors were then captured in the dragon heads as 5 wraiths to serve him in the afterlife and protect his tomb.
Ulman Dark's Raising the Dead Failure.
Zombie: Any character killed by mohrg will rise after 1d4 days as a zombie under the morhg’s control.
Greatly diminished, the order of Tsathogga now counts 8 acolytes (all heavily armed ruffians), and 4 under-clerics, who in turn control 16 zombies raised in the under-temple.
This room contains 4 zombies. They do not roam around the dungeon because they were raised to protect the room’s treasure.
those killed by the mohrg rise in 1d4 days as zombies under its control.
This level contains an evil artifact, the Zombiestone of Karsh. This artifact causes any creature that is killed within 500 yards to re-animate as a zombie creature.
Any creature slain on this level immediately rises as a zombie (1d3 rounds, except in Areas 13C–9 and 13C–10) of HD equal to 1+ the base HD of the creature.
When a zombie horde is destroyed there are 2d6 zombies from the horde remaining.
Plague Zombie: Pestilence disease.
Juju Zombie: Juju zombies’ hatred of living creatures and the magic that created them are what hold them to the world of the living. When a humanoid or monstrous humanoid is slain by an energy drain or a similar spell or spell-like ability, it may rise as a juju zombie.
These tortured creatures were warriors of light who refused to join the army of evil. Their mouths and eyes were sewn closed by evil priests while they were alive and then sacrificed to Orcus. Against their will, they are now undead creatures.
Mohrg: Mohrgs are the animated corpses of mass murderers or similar villains who died without atoning for their crimes.
Ghast: These creatures were common soldiers of the army of good, buried within the room and reanimated by the evil presence of the priests of Orcus.
Demi-Lich: ?
Undead Ooze: ?
Oblivion Wraith: ?
Allip: The allip’s touch does not deal damage, but causes the victim to lose 1d4 points of wisdom. If a victim’s wisdom falls to 0, it dies and will become an allip within 2d6 days.
Devourer: ?

The Pestilence: The Pestilence is a disease that was spread into this level of the dungeon when the Healers failed to control the demonic power they had summoned. Various monsters and hazards in the level can infect intruders with the Pestilence. Anyone infected will begin losing hit points at a rate of one per hour until death. A saving throw at +4 is allowed each hour to avoid the hit point loss for that hour, but the process continues afterwards. Magical healing will increase the victim’s hit points, but the progress of the disease will continue after the curing. Cure disease will completely remove the disease and return the victim back to health, although it will not restore the lost hit points. If the victim dies from the course of the disease, the body will rise as a plague zombie in 1d4+1 rounds. A sprinkling of holy water or a cure disease spell cast on the body will prevent this from happening. The body may be raised from the dead normally, but not while it is still “alive” as a plague zombie.

10A–26. The Cursed Tomb
On top of this short hill is a hidden, locked trapdoor. Once opened, it reveals a narrow set of stairs that descends 20 ft. to a paved stone landing and an iron bound oak door. Written in Orc across the top of the door are the words, “Those Who Enter Will Someday Return.”
Beyond the door is a tomb, 30 ft. square, containing 4 spectres who attack immediately. Anyone who crosses the threshold of the tomb is instantly cursed (no saving throw; see below). While there are many open chests, sarcophagi, and urns throughout the chamber, all are empty.
The Curse
A cursed PC is doomed to one day return to the tomb as a spectre. When that PC dies, he is immediately transformed into a spectre and begins journeying back to the tomb to guard it against intruders. A cursed PC who dies cannot be aided by a raise dead or resurrection spell. Moreover, a cursed PC cannot remove the curse, either on himself or another, with a remove curse spell; only a non-cursed cleric can do so. A cursed PC is not aware of his affliction while alive except that once a year, on the anniversary of the day he was cursed, the PC is overwhelmed with a sense of doom and hopelessness. The feeling passes the next day. Powerful divination magic is necessary to determine the source of this annual ennui.

The Zombiestone of Karsh
Artifact, Chaotic
This 2-foot square stone of eerily glowing purple material seems to waver in shape and form, and at times even seems to bleed a black ichor. No carvings or markings are present on the stone, except some faint chisel marks on the exposed top. The stone radiates chaos, evil and magic of the greatest power.
Minor powers
—curse (all living creatures, as a reversed bless spell, 60’ radius continuous)
—cause disease 40-foot radius, continuous (save avoids for 10 rounds each save)
Major powers
—anti-turning field, 100 foot radius (100%), -8 levels (300 feet), and -4 levels (700 feet), continuous
—Toughen undead, 100 foot radius (12 hp absorbed) -8 hp absorbed (300 feet), and –4 hp absorbed (700 feet), continuous — anti-magic shell, continuous (all magic except artifact or deity level powers)
Primary Power
— Any creature slain on this level immediately rises as a zombie (1d3 rounds, except in Areas 13C–9 and 13C–10) of HD equal to 1+ the base HD of the creature. The possessor of the stone cannot control the newly risen zombies.
Deleterious effects
— turn evil (save avoids, new check 1/ hour) if exposed to the stone for more than 1 hour (within 100 ft.)
—Lose will (–1 wisdom per hour within 100 ft. of the stone (save avoids)
Method of destruction
— a simple hammer and chisel coated in the blood of a unicorn and wielded by an innocent child can crack the stone, thereby killing the child (irrevocably and forever).

Raising the Dead: Ulman charges 3,000 gp to attempt this difficult task, and has a 20% chance to fail in some way (see below). If he fails, he weakens and is unable to do anything but lie abed for a period of one month thereafter. If three gems worth 250 gp or more each are used in the procedure, the chance of failure drops to 10%. Failure results are listed on the table below:
1 Character remains dead
2 Character returns from the dead but with 1d2 lost Constitution points and must rest for 2 weeks
3 Character’s body turns into a grey ooze (not the monster, just disgusting putrescence)
4 Character returns from the dead, but grows to ogre size, gaining 4 extra hit points but losing 1d4 points of Intelligence
5 Character’s body remains dead, character’s soul returns as a wraith and attacks
6 Character remains dead
 
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