Welcome to the Necro-Industrial Complex
Death has become a business transaction.The dead have been roused from their graves but not as terrors to haunt mankind or foes to be battled, but as servants and slaves. Undead work the lines in factories, tend to crop and fell trees at the order of Nekrobiokeks, powerful necromancer-surgeons. Crypts and cemeteries have been emptied to fill mines, factories and gas-choked trench-lines.
Not even death is safe from industry.The world of the Necro-Industrial Complex (or NIC) begin with the question: What would we do if necromancy actually worked?
A World Powered by Death
A living man or woman can be anything; an author, a philosopher, an inventor or actor. Why waste such potential on breaking rock or picking trash when a stiff can do the job just as well?Most have accepted necromancy as just another tool. Horror and disgust have given way to morbid practicality. Death isn't what it used to be and the end of a relative's life often begins a bargain, selling their remains to be reanimated and put to work. At the center of it stand the Nekrobiotek, the necromancer and their insatiable appetite for electricity which they need to power their spells. Workers once replaced by machines now find their labor reduced by the working dead. Peace is bought by bread and entertainment, or enforced with baton and gas. In a very real way, people are just as useful dead as they are living to the wealthy and the powerful.
The Long War
It didn't take very long for someone to try and put a weapon in the hands of a stiff and sent it off to war.For decades, a brutal war of attrition has raged among the great powers of the world. What began with enthusiasm and the confidence of a quick, easy victory has since turned into a grueling conflict that has seen the once proud nation of Cascera reduced to a war-torn carcass. Casualties have lost their meaning. Both friend and foe can be raised again for a fresh charge into no-man's-land, while at home the dead are tireless at work. Corpses blown the pieces are used for parts. Magic and science both invent new ways to bring destruction and death.
Shadows from the Void
That chittering, scraping, scratching isn't just in your head.
One of many new sports that have risen to take advantage of the undead, Zombie Boxing pits the undead against each other - or against humans.