I missed my zombie Librarian baby. ;v;
So here he is! Now here's a little idea as to how Zombies work in my stories.
'Zombie' is the self-assigned name given to human beings that were exposed to copious amounts of Black magic located within the Netherworld or the Human World's Ground Zeros. For a human to become this type of Zombie, they don't actually die at all. The Black Magic alters their makeup and changes them to appear undead. (i.e. Appearing malnourished, Pale, Dead, etc.). Their souls are trapped into their bodies, so death isn't permanent. Death occurs when the Black Magic keeping the bodies alive runs out completely. This means Zombies are best kept in the Netherworld, which is the only place they can call home without being killed. This also means that Zombies are essentially immortal.
Zombies are basically a subspecies of human at this point, and the pioneer humans that got dropped into the Netherworld have built a society and united, accepting that they can never return to the world "above". Black Magic can be a highly corrupting form of magic. The original amount of humans that made it into the Netherworld was estimated at about 10 Million. The weak-minded and most over the age of 25 either died or became corrupted Zombies with the highly known killer-instinct the term 'Zombie' is usually associated with. 25 is the average age of brain development to cease. From what has been gathered, A brain that is still developing has the capacity to hold the Black Magic and let it assimilate with the rest of the body, turning it into a Zombie without corruption. As a result of all of this, only 1% of the original population survived.
Zombies are still biological, and can therefore mate and reproduce. However, there new bodies have caused many altercations and complications. For one, the gestation period for childbirth is now 100 years, with an additional 650 years after being the time it takes to get to biological sexual maturity(Around 13 or 14). Of course, social standards still apply to these Zombies, so actual sexual activity is preferred around 900 (That's roughly 18). Development is stunted because of the Black Magic and an unknown, evolutionary mechanism so that overpopulation doesn't occur. Another unfortunate stipulation, due to the mutation as a result of the Black magic, is miscarrying or still-borns. This is from the fetus during development being unable to handle the Black Magic's corruption. by the 50 year mark, most know whether or not the baby will make it. To a Zombie born that way, 50 years seems so short. So a Human turned Zombie, that's so long. There have only been 7 successful births in the Zombies' short time of existence. 5 of them female, 2 of them male. Due to the rarity of children, raising them is a community effort.
The Zombies have gained abilities due in part to their Black Magic. They've gained Feral Forms. This means they can hunt when needed for food. Their teeth sharpen, their eyes glow for night vision, and they can grow their nails into claws. On the down side, Zombies are now nocturnal. They are active at night and sleep during the day.
So here's info on Carnegie!!
Carnegie Deeps was a human in the Human World many, many years ago. He was 27 when he fell into a portal to the Netherworld, a rare case in which his brain could take the Black Magic. He is homosexual, and was picked on for being so when he was in the Human World. He'd contemplated suicide many times, but never went through with it. When he began turning Zombie, he attempted to hang himself, only to wake up weeks later with no eyes or nose, and a rope burn on his neck that scarred terribly. He'd realized that death wasn't an option, but he was more depressed than ever that he could no longer see or smell. As a result, he is no hunter, and remains within the walls of his protected kingdom he resides in. He's got extremely heightened senses of Taste, Sound, and Touch, and uses these to his advantage. Using his killer instinct ability granted to him, he can use the tiniest vibrations to "see", and use sound for reflexes. This, of course, took hundreds of years of training to do. He reads Braille books all the time, his favorite being "To Kill A Mockingbird". He has a Raven named Mortuus that he works with at the library all the time. Mortuus acts as Carnegie's eyes when he need to be.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------