Nov 29, 2012

Stories from Shatensite: Part Ten of Ninety

The city-state of Shatensite and surrounding countryside exist where the line between perceived reality and nightmare dims. Those who enter, do so at their own risk to body, mind, and soul.

10.  In the weird city of Shatensite, the connection between a man's body and his spirit is sometimes misaligned.  When a resident dies, it is common for the family to hold a three day wake.  The body is simply laid on a bed while family members take turns sitting with the body.  A certain stress pervades the time spent in the company of the corpse because there is a slight chance of the dead rising once more to walk with the living.

Whomever is unfortunate enough to perish within the weird influence of Shatensite has a one-in-eight chance of resurecting as a slowly rotting corpse.  They awake within 48 hours of their death with their normal maximum health and cognizance, but lose one point each day as their body slowly rots.  At zero, they feel an overwhelming urge to lie down and accept their death in full, at which point they are typically buried or cremated.

Most families live in fear of such an event.  Then again, Shatensite is a feaful place altogether.

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