Zombies are formed by banishing the identity (called Ba by the Nomads across the Sea of Hope) from a living being, forming an empty vessel for a spirit to enter. This vessel still contains the spark of life.. the Ka, into which a lesser spirit may enter. In such a transformation, the person appears to die, and may even be buried. However, time is of the essence, as the sorcerer must soon recover the body, and finish the summoning of the possessing spirit. Zombies breathe, must eat and drink, and can be destroyed by natural means. Tales are told of Sorcerers who use such Zombies as servants and slaves.
It is said those with the knowledge may in some cases banish the possessing spirit, and return the Ba. In such cases, the victim is unlikely to remain un-scarred from the experience.
|Bernhard Siegfried Albinus|
The corpses of the dead may be re-animated by by summoning spirits as well. Even when bodies have decayed beyond structural integrity, enchantments fuse sinew and bone. These entities may be placed to guard over tombs or ancient ruins. Rare is the sorcerer bold enough to be seen in the company of such aberrations.
The Mandrake is a plant particularly suited to the possession of spirits. With the proper incantations, a miniature "man" can be cultivated via the Mandrake root, and imparted with consciousness.
More ambitious is the creation of a Homunculus. Requiring 40 weeks of tedious care, this body can be grown by an Alchemist of exceeding skill. This small "man" is then ready to be inhabited by a summoned spirit.
Most ambitious of all is the creation of a Golem. Through the use of clay, wood, stone, or other materials, a statue is created. The statue is brought to "life" through the summoning of a powerful spirit. This Golem may be employed to guard ancient sites, cities, and strongholds. Woe to the summoner who fails to control one of these mighty beings.