Hello I am working on a novel which is the first of a series. Actually, I have finished writing it and editing and very few things remain undetermined. However, there is one matter regarding the fantasy world which I have created for the story that I cannot solve. So according to the background story there was a nation that was almost entirely annihilated. An evil witch following the tragedy revived the king of that nation and later on the entire population. These "Undead" (as I call them) are on the "evil side". Now here is my dilemma: Their physical appearance and demeanor have two possible versions: The first: they are zombies at first until they lose their rotten flesh, then appearing as skeletal beings. They are mindless or at least lack human intellect. They are ruthless yet loyal. They can live through severe injuries. They feel no pain. They lack desires, culture, personality, habits and basic needs. They are often referred to as creatures or beasts rather than people. Advantages: distanced from the reader (the reader can't relate to them), scary, unique. The second: they are simply people that were given a second life, a second chance. They have all the characteristics of a human being and they recall their past. In other words they are common people. They do have a few particular traits: they are stronger and quicker and perhaps their senses even sharper. They cannot die of old age and their skin is extremely pale - almost white. Advantages: apt for a more mature story; allows conversations amongst the Undead or between an Undead and a person; allows personality (for example the king of the Undead is one of the main protagonists in the story and therefore needs basic human traits). The story is clearly high fantasy, but I want the reader to feel like he is in a real world. The story and its presentation is serious, tragic and often melancholic. Although I consider these two definite solutions a mixture between the two or any alternative is most welcome. As I have said this is a dilemma for me, so I am heavily depending on your opinions. Thank you.