Zounds Species in The Necro-Industrial Complex | World Anvil

Zounds

Still as a statue, the dog didn't even turn to face her. The skin and meat of its face had been peeled back so that big metal fangs could be hammered into place. It was more for show than function, but Lily didn't care to test it, staying well away from the zound.
  Zounds, or sometimes zogs, are undead canines of any kind, pressed into service along with the human stiffs. Animals were the first to be reanimated by necromancy, when people were still squeamish about the idea, and they've never gone out of style. Zogs are no exception, put to work as cheap guards or riot control across the world. Some armies even field them in great masses and unleash them across the blasted no-man's-land before a main attack.   Like many stiffs, zounds are frequently modified in ways that would be impossible to do with a living creature. Everything from hooked spines to catch a chased quarry to explosive charges imbedded within them, zounds find many different uses.   Even where living dogs might be preferred, most people take a 'waste not want not' approach. They employ living dogs until they die, then raise them as undead to go right back to work. A few families keep well-preserved loved pets around long after their death, but the smell tend to make this practice uncommon. Cheaper than even human lives, zounds are as much disposable weapons as they are undead creatures, in the eyes of their owners.    
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Jul 10, 2021 16:00 by Secondhand

They are still good zogs :)

Jul 10, 2021 17:26

Always!


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Jul 10, 2021 16:37 by Morgan Biscup

I love NIC so much.   It's unfortunate they don't have the technology to counter the smells yet. Whoever solves that could probably make a fortune.

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Jul 10, 2021 17:27

Maybe that'll be another prompt! :D


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Jul 10, 2021 19:54 by Sloqush

The solution is simply becoming an Undead yourself :D

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Jul 14, 2021 10:24 by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

Are dogs preferred for that kind of stuff? I'd think some people would think it cooler to have wolves or tiger or something like that XD though dogs are probably cheaper...   I'm resisting reading non-summer camp articles for now, so I haven't seen if the undead have the same range of movement as living animals. Like, would your undead cats be able to jump around everywhere like normal cats, or would they all just roam sadly around on the ground!?

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Jul 15, 2021 06:34

It's more of a "well we already have 'em" sort of situation. Tigers would indeed be cooler, but there's a lot fewer of them, they're a lot harder to raise, and it takes longer. Basically, logistics! :D   Well... Undead bats can definitely fly, we know at lesat that from the zombie-bat-bomb concept in another article. I don't see them being great at jumping, but maybe a very good necromancer could pull it off! :D   Thankk you :D


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Aug 6, 2021 13:55 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Awww, who's a good dead boy?

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