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Nekromek Waystation

The arm was hanging on by a thread, with bone protruding from the rotting skin. Lily gave it a hard yank and it came loose with a sickening crunch, embalming fluid and coagulated blood oozing out of the severed end. Putting this one together was going to take time, but the client had insisted. As long as he paid, Lily didn't mind, but she had to wonder what about the sorry looking stuff was so important.
  Waystations are portable workshops, combining aspects of a car mechanic, butcher's shop, and surgery operating theater. Some get rooted where they are if business is good enough, spreading like a virus to absorb nearby buildings and businesses to accomodate the need. In the waystations, Nekromechanics fix up the working dead sufering from day to day scuffles or minor issues, up to and including the replacement of limbs or scrubbing them free of infectious fungi.   Anything complicated enough to require a necromancer is outside their expertise, and most don't even have the most minor magic talent to fall back on. The Nekromek Stations that do always have extra generators on hand to power the spells, but in many places regulations against knowing magic without a license keeps them quiet about it. Since the Long War, many nekromechanics have been press-ganged into military service, leaving a desperate need in the civilian market and a long-line of customers with broken dead.   Still, they get the job done. Crude surgeries staple legs back together, reinforce broken limbs with metal bars, or otherwise help a poor stiff stay on its feet a little longer. When the dead is beyond all hope of repair, Nekromek waystations will often buy the mangled corpse from their owners and disassemble them, using whatever they can salvage to fix up other stuffs.      
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Jul 12, 2021 00:35 by JRR Jara

What scares me the most of this world is the concept that one cannot escape work, not even dead!

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Jul 12, 2021 06:12

Hahaha yeah. Thought you were done with your shift just because you died? Not so fast!


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Jul 14, 2021 09:52 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

This sounds absolutely horrifying. Would have been a really great topic for that undervalued profession prompt! Do people need any training to do that kind of job or are they just given a corpse and told to do what they can?

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Jul 14, 2021 10:21

Butchers are kind of the mid-tier specialists, sort of mixing car mechanic and crude anatomy skills. Below them are the menial laborers who just need to be told what to do and do the very basic stuff. :D   And I have a fun idea for the undervalued profession that is somewhat related... Dun dun dun!


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Aug 6, 2021 11:55 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I enjoy that they have no magical talent and at the waystation it's just kind of mechanically sticking things back together.

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