A short while ago I lost all my computer documents. With it was the map of my MOORE CITY campaign. What I remember of it was there were cattle pens on the edge of the city. Now my main characters are making their way back to the city through these pens. So the subject of this treatise is;
This is just for fun.
'Can Animals Become Zombies?' Debate.
Just for you know who!
The essential issue here is what is a zombie? And what causes zombism?
Initially it is clear that a zombie is one of the undead, more appropriately a reanimated corpse. The 'undead' concept is a bit woolly as will encompass other creatures particularly vampires.
Zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi; North Mbundu: nzumbe) is an animated corpse resurrected by mystical means, such as witchcraft (OED,1998: p. 1426). The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotised person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli. Since the late 19th century, zombies have acquired notable popularity, especially in North American and European folklore.
McCullough (2012) maintains that zombies are an aberration of the human condition being formed as a result of human or demonic intervention. The creation of a zombie can take many forms; Voodoo, Atomic, Viral to name three. Essentially, in order to create a zombie the soul of the being is ether seized our controlled. Now as animals do not have souls they, theoretically, cannot be turned.
“Interestingly, wielders of voodoo black magic are not able to create any zombie animals. Voodoo zombification requires the incarceration of of the zombi astral, the soul of the deceased. Since animals do not posses souls, there is nothing for the bokor to imprison”‘(ibid:p. 56)
However, Mearls (2008) asserts that animals as well as humanoids can be turned into undead beasts, most commonly a zombie. Zombie animals look like the animal they were in life only with rotting, falling off flesh (some are completely skeletal), and are completely feral and mindless creatures which stalk around, searching for flesh. Zombified horses are sometimes employed by humanoid zombies to act as mounts. They cannot speak, and are neutral evil in alignment. How can this be?