For a list of Undead type enemies and their stats, see Entities Encountered in Vagrant Story#Undead
Both victims and tools of the Death Magic of Lea Monde known by Ivalice's people, somewhat erroneously, as the Dark.
Ubiquitous and relatively weak, in game terms it is easy to dismiss the Undead of Lea Monde as merely a "nuisance enemy". What makes them different from this type in other games is what sets Vagrant Story itself apart; storytelling and craftsmanship.
Like Undead in other games and genres, they are ungainly. They cannot even be bothered to stand up, in a lot of cases, but lie, undead, until Ashley passes by. And the Zombie type is always slow. But when the Skeleton types stand, they are as fast as Ashley; sprinting to attack, and hard to catch if they retreat.
The Undead in general are the topic of numerous discussions by the main characters. Unlike the other types of enemies, they are indigenous to Lea Monde. In fact, they are its residents, possibly from as far back as Kildean times, when the Priestess Mullenkamp danced and made the city magic. But definitely most of the undead were alive in the city when it met its end-the catastrophe summoned by the latter followers of Iocus and his witch hunters, that razed much of the city to the ground, sunk it low enough for the sea to make a barrier around it, and fed the oblivious and uncaring magic now called the Dark with enough foul treacherous death energy for it to deserve that name.
Incomplete Death Edit
- "All souls bearing the Dark's stain were assured an "incomplete death". When a soul merges with flesh, the resultant state is called "life". Upon "death", the soul is freed from the flesh, returning to the Ether. Likewise, the moment a new flesh is conceived in the womb of a mother, a soul comes out of the Ether to merge with it. That is the proper cycle for all things of limited life-span."
- "Souls touched by the Dark have been yanked out of that cycle. Even after the body has perished, the soul is not allowed the peace of the Ether. Bearing the taint marking it as part of the Dark, it is condemned to walk the world of the living for eternity. Bodilessness alone brings on indescribable agony for the damned soul-- a soul which cannot die. That is "incomplete death". Those bearing that cursed fate slowly go mad, their sense of "self" fraying to shreds."
- "Desperately, they seek any suitable body to possess, so that they can escape their torment even for a short time. A "suitable body" is one which lacks a soul; a corpse. All the zombies and skeletons are driven relentlessly by a jealous hatred of the living, they attack anyone unfortunate enough to cross their path."
- "Once the body they possess decomposes, or is otherwise rendered unusable, the souls are once again forced out bare into the pain of the Waking World. Immediately, they begin to search for another flesh cage to lock themselves in, and so on, forever." -source unknown