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Nekrostethics

William open and closed his fist, each finger following his will with a in a jerky, twitching fashion. It was an unusual feeling to have ones limbs move by thought alone. Whenever his mind wandered, the hand wiggle and move unbidden. Still, he thought as he willed it to close around the rifle, it was better than no arm at all. Not by much, but enough.
  A recent and controversial development in the field of necromancy and necroengineering, Nekrostethics are undead limbs attached to living people to replace one they've lost. The dead limbs are never bound to the recipient, but attached to metal or wooden pegs, then bound and wired to the person. It isn't wholly theirs, controlled through will and thought rather than nerve and muscles. A small cluster of undead brainmatter is tucked away in or on the limb, sometimes swelling out like a bloated infection, and that is what allows the limb to function.   Like all undead, the Nekrostethics are powered by electricity and must be recharged every now and then, usually through a socket implanted straight into the dead meat. More expensive variants are usually adorned with wood, brass, or other material to mask their grotesque appearance. The very rich often pay for the freshest replacement, hewn right from another living human, which can sometimes pass for living tissue if maintained well.   Still crudely mechanical, Nekrostethics function best when at the size of a leg or arm, and can at their smallest be a hand. The smaller they are, the less motor function they exhibit.
Like any other dead, magic-infused matter, Nekrostethics are vulnerable to infection by Rotbloom Fungi.
 
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Jul 10, 2021 16:51 by Morgan Biscup

Ewwwww. But also of course NIC has these. Haha! I love it.

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Jul 10, 2021 17:25

Only makes sense, right? :D


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Jul 11, 2021 04:37

If the prosthetic zombie limbs are controlled through thought, are there cases when it would do something that the owner thought of but held back? Like punching someone who is really irritating them and stuff, things that at times require a certain level of self-control to avoid.

Jul 11, 2021 06:01

Hmmm... I'm not sure. I'll have to think about that one. :O


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Jul 12, 2021 00:27 by JRR Jara

YIKES! and WHY?!

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Jul 12, 2021 06:11

If all you have is zombies, every problem looks like it can be solved by more zombeis :D


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Jul 14, 2021 09:55 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

I don't know whether I would agree with William here... Does that flesh continues to rot? Is it like a strap on that you can put on and take off? I wouldn't want something like that to be in bed with me... Great article :D

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Jul 14, 2021 10:25

As long as you keep it juiced (powered with electricity), it won't rot. Magic in NIC is quite literally powered by electricity :D   Yes, exactly like that. Dead flesh doesn't implant well onto living tissue. XD So it's like a thing you just strap on!


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Jul 15, 2021 05:34 by Stormbril

Oh man, I love these :D   Since they're just strapped on, and have brain matter tucked into them to interface with, can someone with all their appendages just keep bolting on more arms? Could I have 4 more zombie arms strapped to my sides that I can use all at once?

Jul 15, 2021 07:04

YES! Yes they can :D


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Aug 6, 2021 12:13 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

I'm not sure I'd want anything attached to me that I couldn't fully control, especially when it retains a little bit of a will of its own. Creepy, but I love it.

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