Re: Zombie Vampire
I was wondering that too BookStop. It would then be just a zombie presumably. The tales where the stake has been removed has the being returning as a vampire and not as a zombie. And if they went all the way and severed the head and cut out the heart, a necromancer might not be able to do much with the corpose at all.
It is quite a curious conumdrum. Much more so than the idea that a dead werewolf becomes a vampire. A zombie and vampire in legend would appear to be totally different and have entirely different requirements to survive. As j.d. said zombies were often mindless slaves to other more powerful beings. Vampires however are known for their intelligence and cunning. Vampires would regenerate but a zombie does not. One needs blood to survive but the other does not.
However, a zombie with the ability to regenerate or a vampire with no thirst for blood and the ability to walk abroad under the sun would be pretty powerful indeed.