All hope seemed lost. [The Crooked] had all but taken Bolochtar. Huddled together in fear, the citizens of [The City of Men] witnessed a bolt of green lighting strike the sky. Then the rain began. Moans from the fallen drowned out the sound of the storm and fought with ferocious fervor for the land that they lost in life. They drove back the crooked, but the rains remained. Color was washed from the land, death and decay soaked into the very land itself. The Curse of Bolochtar had beset humanity.
Even when the rains had stopped the curse remained. All living humans fear the day they fall, to rise again a living corpse.
The Curse of Bolochtar results in all humans resurrecting as undead upon their death. The type of undead they become depends on the individual, but walking corpse explains most of Bolochtars citizens. Undead citizens are capable of a second death, though their soul is bound to the mortal plain until they are ‘unbound’ either by a devotee of Lorne or a necromancer.
Humans who have succumbed to the effects of the curse live indefinitely. All they eat tastes of ash, all they drink is tastes of soured milk, sleep is tormented by nightmares and waking undeath is painful. They do not grow hungry or tired.
Those that grow used to this unlife and continue to nourish themselves, significantly slow their decay and can live on for long periods of time. The Bolochtarians oldest were present for the beginning of the curse, later dying and finding themselves in undeath.
Those that fail to take care of themselves will find their bodies and minds begin to decay eventually slipping into forgetfulness, losing significant intellect, entering shambling states, or even becoming violent and losing humanity. While it is possible to restore some of ones former self provided they do not slip too far into degradation, they are seldom the same as they once were.
Most Bolochtarians take the form of walking corpses, though there are other variants such as:
- Vampires, who thirst for the blood of the living lest they begin to suffer from violent urges
- Skeletal forms, who maintain strength and shape thanks in part to a derivative of soul walking
- Ghosts, who harbor no body, but appear as translucent apparitions
- Abominations, who have lost significant intellect due to brain trauma and are prone to extreme violent
What one becomes seems largely random, though elements of their deeds and personality seem to have some impact on what they will become in undeath.
The King in Black is widely accepted as the cause of The Curse though none are aware of how this was made possible. Some believe he struck a deal with a secret deity, others think the source of the curse is caused by a powerful artifact. What is clear though is that necromancy was involved.
Though his motivations have never been explicitly specified, it is well known that The King in Black made the decision in attempt to save his people, the outcome