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RISE OF THE CORPSES!
started ariving in Philadelphia about three years ago. Now there are thousands
of them, maybe tens of thousands.
don't know where they came from. We don't know exactly what they want.
They seem to crave power and influence and, when possible, they worm their
way into leadership positions in government, schools, the police department,
have no pity, no mercy, no remorse, and they kill Undertakers ... like
us ... on sight.
one pretends to be a human being and shows a normal face to the world.
We don't yet understand how they do this, whether it's some kind of
technology or some kind of telepathy, but even in photos and on T.V.
they look normal to everyone --
everyone, that is, except Seers.
of our members, Steve Moscova, has made it his mission to study
these invaders. Here's some of what he's pieced together:
are not the souls of the bodies they inhabit. The bodies are dead
… just the normal remains of normal people who normally died.
The entities that we call 'Corpses' come in afterward. We don't
know where they come from, but the best guess is another plane of
existence … what you might call another 'dimension.' Mind
you, that's little more than a guess. Anyway, we've
split the bodies they 'wear into five categories:"
One Corpses are fresh, less than a week dead. These cadavers are
stronger, more resistant to damage and, of course, last longer.
The Corpses seem to take good care of these bodies, even going
so far as embalming themselves … if that hasn't already been done
to body before they get a hold of it. That helps them to rot more
slowly. Even so, Type One skin is often yellow with Jandice or
purple from pooling blood."
Two's are a week to three weeks dead. By now, the bacteria has started
eating the soft tissues, releasing gases that cause the body to bloat
up. The skin is usually a mottled gray. These Corpses are still strong,
but they'll look fatter and slower than they really are. It's important
to remember that. These guys are starting to stink."
Three's are usually two weeks to a month old. The bloating's gone
down, but their skin is turning black and has started to peel
back, leaving big holes that bugs get into. There'll usually be
a lot of maggots, which doesn't seem to bother the Corpses at
all. But for us ... well, let's just say it's hard to fight when
you're throwing up!"
Four's tend to look flat because the gases and most of the fluids
are gone. Five or six weeks dead, the body has started to mummify,
which means that the skin gets tight flaky and starts falling off.
Type Four's aren't very good in a fight, so the Corpse's mainly use
them as non-combat spies. If they grab you, hit a joint hard and it
might snap off. Just a tip."
Five's are better than six weeks gone. They're little more than
bones covered with skin like paper, held together by strings of
decicated tissue. They can't fight at all. In fact, if they move
too fast, they'll likely fall apart -- which is why the Corpses
are usually looking to transfer to fresher body before then. We
don't see too many Fives.