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axlerowes
January 5, 2015
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The War Field    NPCs  (Minor)   (Agricultural)

Nowadays there is no such animal as a non -combatant

German zeppelin corps commander Peter Strasser explaining that those who provide the materials of war are just as dangerous as those that fight the wars.

An army marches on its stomach.

Napolean Bonaparte

Kassil
May 25, 2009
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Daniel Andersson    NPCs  (Minor)   (Agricultural)

Driven by the need to keep his descendants fed, Daniel Andersson is one of the more peculiar undead - and gods - one might ever come across.

Cheka Man
March 18, 2009
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30 Farmers    NPCs  (Minor)   (Agricultural)

Thirty farmers, from the happy to the grumpy, the serf to the squire.

Scrasamax
February 6, 2006
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James Barley, the Drunk    NPCs  (Minor)   (Agricultural)

James Barley is a hard drinking, minimum-effort working hired hand…

Scrasamax
December 3, 2005
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Hardnan - The Grange Mage    NPCs  (Minor)   (Agricultural)

Old man Hardnan had a farm E-I-E-I-O
And on this farm there was a dragon E-I-E-I-O

Bwah! What kinda farmer has dragons on his farm!

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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