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I'd say that the answer relies on the likelihood of revenants? And, the closely related question, what's the least likely people can make it? If revenants are very common - let's say there's a fifty fifty chance of a corpse coming back - then society is in trouble. If there's a one in hundred chance, then that's more an inconvenience to society than ...


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Frame Challenge "1800s america[sic]" would not exist, because revenants would have existed since the beginning of humanity, so all of human history would have been radically changed.


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Since this question is about cultural changes, let's assume that the long term effects are minimal. People quickly figure out not to piss anybody off too strongly. Since most people don't anyway (I expect even 200 years ago, most people didn't die with hugely strong grievances), the only people truly affected are the famous and the powerful. If you're famous ...


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A world overrun by the dead Your rules provide for a number of ways to create a revenant that will effectively never rest. More of them will be created all the time. An ever-increasing tide of revenants slowly but inexorably chokes the life out of Mankind. You should probably close these loopholes. Loophole: a revenant can't kill a dead person If I am ...


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It would depend on how long this revenant phenomenon has been around. If it has been that way since prehistoric times, humanity and civilization would have evolved quite differently. Ancient cultures started as hunter-gatherer societies and were much more community-focused. There would be strong cultural practices surrounding Making sure everyone knows how ...


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One of the most obvious societal changes is going to be in burial customs. Since the Revenant is going to be dangerous to everyone who gets in its way, there is going to be societal pressure to make sure that they cannot pull themselves together quite so easily. The best way to do that will be to cremate all bodies and scatter the ashes to the wind from ...


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It sounds to me like one's best bet to deal with a revenant (assuming you're a target and don't wish to be) would be to contain it. Place the revenant in some situation that it cannot escape-- at least, not until the person who they want to kill is already long gone from natural causes. To that end, I'd imagine that you have people who would establish ...


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force their dessicated corpse to move through sheer force of will. What if they were cremated? What if they were eaten by predators or scavengers, and their component molecules are now various distributed around a bunch of animals, plants, and some slightly-more-fertile-than-its-surroundings patch of soil? Will there be poop-revenants? They only return ...


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Say goodbye to government If these things can't be killed by any means, say goodbye to any form of organized of government, ever. You can't be in charge of a large government without making people hate you with a passion, so that means anyone with power can last about a few weeks before some revenant goes after the poor sap. (And if you doubt the truth of ...


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The jugular vein is a favorite site for placing central venous catheters. The reasons for that are the same reasons your vampires would favor them. There are two: external and internal. Both are large. Internal is larger. They are fairly superficial. In some people you can see them. So: fairly accessible. There are collaterals on the other side. Some ...


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Is there any real need for a vampire to bite the victim in the neck? If the worry is that exposure to oxygen causes blood-clotting (and that's somehow problematic for vamps), my answer might be of no use, but have you considered having those vampires resort to exsanguination/bloodletting instead? Humans in the past have resorted to bloodletting (basically ...


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As long as the vampires maintain a pressure seal, there will only be a momentary drop in the victim’s blood pressure as the blood fills their mouth. After that as long as they maintain the proper pressure, the victim won’t loose any blood and won’t have their brains starved of oxygen carrying blood. While their fangs have delivered a mortal blow, they can ...


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