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Ab-dead is a catch-all term for dead flesh animated with living force, also referred to as "undead". High Cromlech is known for its large population of ab-dead.


Not all Ab-dead are sapient, although there is a notable population throughout Bas-Lag and even the odd ab-dead settlement. Most living sapient races abhor and fear them, although Armada is unusually accepting. They are called by many other names of varying specificity, including oupyr, loango, katalkana, haemophage and especially Thanati and Vampir.

It is important to note that in High Cromlech, ab-dead refers specifically to vampir. Thanati, the city's noble caste, are not considered ab-dead.

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