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Ab-dead is a catch-all term for dead flesh animated with living force (often called undead in other settings). While not all of these are sapient, there is a notable population throughout Bas-Lag, and even the odd ab-dead settlement. Most living sapient races abhor and fear them, although Armada is unusually accepting. They are called by many other names of varying specificity, including oupyr, loango, katalkana, haemophage and especially Thanati and Vampir.