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0005463Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Invasionspublic2012-02-26 11:052012-03-04 04:19
Toady One 
Win32Windows 7SP2
0005463: Dwarf necromancers that die during siege come back as ghostly, unremovable necromancers
If you have a dwarf necromancer in a siege, and he dies, and you toss the body into magma for example, you can't memorialize them at a slab. They stick around forever, and will reanimate any corpse they see for all eternity. I can understand why'd they would come back, they are necromancers after all... But there should be a way to forcibly put them to rest. I've had to ditch all dwarf corpses in this run into magma just to keep from fighting a zombie everytime someone dies.
1) Create a fort in Fortress mode

2) Get besieged by the walking dead

3) Kill a dwarf necromancer

4) Destroy the body (toss into magma or whatever)

5) In a year or so, the Ghostly (trade) Necromancer will rise and begin animating a butcher's shop full of teeth and skins and your catacombs.
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related to 0005326resolved Toady One Ghost of vampires still drink blood 
Issue History
2012-02-26 11:05armrhaNew Issue
2012-02-26 11:13FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0005326
2012-02-28 05:54quintiliusNote Added: 0020831
2012-02-29 19:46VigilantNote Added: 0020934
2012-03-02 07:23PatroclusNote Added: 0020991
2012-03-02 08:44KogutNote Added: 0020993
2012-03-04 04:19Toady OneNote Added: 0021061
2012-03-04 04:19Toady OneStatusnew => resolved
2012-03-04 04:19Toady OneFixed in Version => Next Version
2012-03-04 04:19Toady OneResolutionopen => fixed
2012-03-04 04:19Toady OneAssigned To => Toady One

2012-02-28 05:54   
thank god i still had the 2 dwarf necro corpses from the last invasion - i just hadnt gotten them into coffins yet (when the dead arrive, i suddenly have dozens to bury - it's like that scene in Yojimbo where the only guy in town that's doing any business is the coffin maker). One of them spawned a ghost - which promptly got a half dozen animal parts going. Got them into their boxes and got it sorted - but yeah, you'd think people who are raising the dead into armies would be noteworthy enough to carve their names onto a slab. I got lucky.
2012-02-29 19:46   
This obliterated my fortress :( Necromancer ghost found the refuse pile with over 90 dead bodies in it.
2012-03-02 07:23   
I have had this problem as well; ghostly dwarven necromancer wanders through the fort reanimating all the bodies out of coffins, can't engrave a slab to him.
2012-03-02 08:44   
duplicate of 0005130
Toady One   
2012-03-04 04:19   
Resolved the necromancer part of this. We've got 0005130 for the other bit as Kogut says.