Category: Created Undead
Danger rating: Threat
Activity Period: Nighttime
Description: The Kathyrrian Zombie is a special kind of Zombie created by the Kathyrrian Cabal, an exotic group of spellcasters based in the Acaians. Due to the excellent worksmanship involved and the special abilities given to the zombies, the Kathyrrian Cabal sometimes sell these zombies to those who can afford their services. The Zombies look almost alive and smell very little. A prerequisite for creating a Kathyrrian Zombie is that the corpse is fresh, something that has forced the Cabal to keep slaves that are sacrificed immediately prior to the zombie creation ritual. The Cabal has managed to stop the decaying process in these zombies and because of this these zombie neither look dead nor smell particularly bad. Still the mouth of these zombies needs to be sown shut so that it cannot eat salt or meat, which would restore their personality.
Kathyrrian Zombies are branded on their forehead and chest with the stylized K rune of the Kathyrrian Cabal, and they have the typical zombie glazed eyes, but no shuffling walk. They are able to walk and work as a normal person. They can understand and obey complex commands and are more intelligent than "average" zombies. Kathyrrian Zombies have no recollection of their prior lives, though they sometimes retain skills they possessed while among the living. Spellcasting is complicated by having their mouths sown shut, but swordplay and stealth related skills still come in handy. They will do whatever they can to obey the commands of their master, which they identify by him wearing a special silver amulet crafted by the Cabal. Any shipment of Kathyrrian Zombies will also include a keeper wearing the silver amulet which he will deliver to the owner upon receiving payment. It is necessary for the zombies to visually see the amulet for the commands to be accepted. A blind Kathyrrian zombie is useless and will obey its last command forever. For extra money, the Kathyrrian is willing to produce unbranded zombies.
As these zombies are able to pass as normal people, they are popular among the unscrupulous as bodyguards and soldiers. They must be hacked apart to stop functioning and they are exceedingly strong. Even a single of these zombies will be powerful adversaries as they probably wonât be recognized as undead and hence eventual clerical counter measures won’t play a part. As is the case with all undead flesh, they are hurt by Holy Water and Holy Weapons.