The Living Dead – An Undead Race for D&D 5th Edition

UPDATE SEPT 2017: Check out my alternate take on this!  In my opinion, it’s more balanced and more in line with D&D 5th Edition!  Click here

The build posted here is not balanced and is more suitable for NPCs.  You have been warned.


Necrotic Post-Humans

The Living Dead are augmented by dark forces from across the cosmos. Through exposure to powerful magic, a ritual gone awry, or a dreadful radiance; they resemble undead creatures that are typical in the Dungeons & Dragons game.   Their skin ranges from a washed out pallid tone to a gruesome necrotic color caused by a period of rot.  Their curse has also inflicted some degree of rigor mortis – like stiffness upon them.  While they’re still as capable of using weaponry, they struggle to move the same speeds they were once capable of.

Despite looking like enfeebled undead horrors, they’re still more than capable combatants.  Due to their deadened nerves, they no longer feel any sort of pain. Their fears of pain and death have also been destroyed due to their traumatic creation. Due to their deathly state, they don’t require essential mortal needs in order to survive.  That doesn’t stop the more devolved Living Dead from feasting upon the living.  Albeit, that’s more so a psychological craving rather than a need.

Burning Pain, Burning Hate

The existence of the Living Dead is one of agony and pain.  While their nerves have been numbed in their lifeless state, that doesn’t stop their minds from even greater suffering.  As a result of their post-zombified anguish, they’ve begun to develop a hatred towards “pure skins”, deeming them ignorant of their “advantages”.  Much of this anger comes from envy and desire for what was taken from them, their mundane existence.  While attacking the “True Living” isn’t exactly taboo, ruthlessly indulging in acts of wanton violence and cannibalism is.  Those who have done so have eventually degraded into something akin to the average zombie.  The rest of the Living Dead have adapted without succumbing to their hatred and violent urges.

Despite that, many have given into their hatred in less primal ways.  Many have been swayed by dark gods, especially those in control of the forces of death and necromancy.  As a result, death cults will often see Living Dead relatively high within their ranks.

Those who haven’t succumbed to their ailing mental state have tried to embrace a more noble path in hopes of breaking the barriers between the rotten skins and the pure skins.  These Living Dead go on to become diplomats, priests for good gods, and adventurers.  Luckily, Living Dead who have fallen to evil temptations are secretive about their new interests.  Despite the Living Dead having their own culture, they tend to keep their own names as a proud reminder of who they once were.



We’ll Meet Again, Don’t Where, Don’t Know When!

This goes out of the many folks on Tumblr who enjoyed my blog.  I announced a while back that I’m not only moving my gaming blog, but also my main one as well.  Well, that time has sadly arrived.  That isn’t to say that I’ve left the site completely.  While cross-posting isn’t the same, and it’ll take longer for me to get back to you, I’ll still be around.  Furthermore, you can still view stuff via my Tumblr blog here.

As for WordPress readers?  Thanks for checking out this humble little page.  Besides some new stuff, I’m going to archive some older content from my previous blog for a while.  This is much in the same vein as Necrotic Reviews and the “From the Vaults” posts.  So, please stay tuned!  More is always on the way.