So this is where the zombies were. She had been surprised to not see any of them up until this point. Though there was only fourteen and...they were very different from those up above. Though they were equally aimless in their shambling. It made it easy for Kasayee to step forward and examine the plaque.
More words about whoever was entombed here. It did not seem like a happy story in the slightest. Perhaps this place was made to contain this...curse. Though it seemed to not be doing a good job at that anymore.
Looking around the room it was clear there wasn't any obvious differences like in the previous. The walls were just walls with the strange veins. The ceiling had the sneaky shadow hand still. Perhaps it was in every room. Or perhaps it was following her.
Either way it looked like there wasn't something obvious for her to go for this time.
So she looked towards the undead. Perhaps if she cleared them out something would change. But where to start?
She'd gotten this far by following the veins so perhaps the red ones would be the correct choice?
But then again the shadow ones might be the least natural to this place. It could be the cause of the curse...
Though, thinking of the undead from above, they seemed to be fairly in tact. There was logic to the thought that these fresher zombies were newer. Something caused by a recent development.
Walking up to one of the red zombies, noticing it still didn't react, she grabbed onto its arm. It reacted them, pausing, due to being held, and let out a growl. Kasayee put force into her tugging and tore the zombie's arm right off. It tried to swipe at her, faster than expected, but not as fast as the creature from before.
She ducked under its arm and grabbed onto that one too before ripping it off, disarming the zombie in all senses of the word.
The creature proceeded to try and hunch over to bite Kasayee so she grabbed its face and began to examine its body again. It seemed to have no eyes whatsoever, which could explain its earlier actions, and the red veins looked to be centered around the chest.
She transformed her hand into a claw and slashed across the chest, watching as the veins shuttered and the creature made a gasping noise. Curious she thrust her claw into the chest and ripped backwards, intending to pull the veins out.
A chunk of zombie flesh came out and the red vanished from the creatures body before it fell to the ground.
The room began to stir in that moment and the zombies turned to her direction and began rushing her.
She let out a sigh. Kasayee had hoped it would be a simple matter of going from one to another and yet now it seemed she would have to work a bit for it.
Kasayee shrugged. Extermination time.
As it looked like all of the zombies were moving at her she decided to see how the shadow ones reacted next. Charging one of them, she was lunged at by a pair of zombies on her way there.
She pushed one to the side and knocked the other back with a shoulder slam, and continued towards her target. It swung at her, with arms that stretched past what they should be able to, and she had to duck to the side. She brought her claw up to slice through the shadowy substance that looked to allow the arms to stretch. Her claws cut through easily, and she could feel the unnaturally cold coming from it, and the arm flopped to the ground. Only for the shadow to reach out to grab at the arm again.
Before it could do so she thrust her claw into this one's chest, as that's where the shadows converged, much like the veins, and tore a chunk out. This caused the zombie to fall as well. However the shadow surged upward instead of vanishing and combined with the shadows there, making the hand grow.
So it would be good to leave those for last. Noted.
She turned in time for the red zombie that she had pushed aside to come at her and she transformed her other hand to thrust into this zombie's chest as well, dropping it. The other zombies had gotten close to her by now so she transformed into bird form and took the the skies, leading the zombies in the other direction for a while before doubling back and swiftly moving towards the back end of the horde.
She transformed back just in time to bring her feet down into one of the red zombie's shoulders, driving it to the ground and stumbling off of it. Her stumble allowed it to grab onto her legs in an attempt to drag itself towards its mouth. She twisted her body to thrust her arm into the thing's chest, killing it the same way as the other.
However there was something that changed. The shadow-covered zombie she had slain before had recovered its shadows and got back up, without any more injury than it had since before Kasayee attacked it.
Well that just meant she would avoid killing them for now. She only had four more of the red veined ones to go.
Unfortunately the nearest one who was going after her was one with shadows. It attacked her right as she finished off the other and, as she was crouched, she couldn't easily avoid it. She then decided to go forward to avoid the actual claw part of its hand and ended up getting an arm slammed onto her shoulder.
She winced as she was struck. They were stronger than average that's for sure. Being this close she couldn't exactly to ignore the creature but she didn't want to kill it and add to the ceiling shadow. So she slashed her claw across one of its legs to bring it down temporarily and dove towards a nearby red one.
She backhanded the creature's hand as it clawed at her and thrust her own claw into its chest.
Kasayee backed up a bit, crouching low, observing the scene. Her breathing was getting heavier as she had exerted herself more than she wanted. There were many still here but they didn't seem all too dangerous.
She really wanted to take a nap. She missed her tree.