In lands where the flow of Essence has been corrupted and grown stagnant, life twists and mutates and that which was once dead walks again. In these bleak deserts and fetid marshes, blood-tainted hills and battle-scarred valleys, the Risen can be found.
The Risen are free undead who serve no master and were given no purpose. The ranks of shambling corpses and flesh-hungry ghouls claw their way to the surface from the bodies not sent to the gods by fire. Some lands thus tainted have become completely uninhabitable.
The largest known area where the Risen can be found are the Black Marshes