In 850 AD Saxony Northern Germany, a Zombie outbreak spread across several unidentified villages in Saxony. Attempts to exorcise the horde were unsuccessful, and the survivors were able to isolate themselves in their lord’s (or baron or count) castle. Some of the bitten survivors were taken in, no one in the castle survived. Local knights banded together to cleanse the area of the zombie horde through combat and cremation, but they could not access the castle, as the drawbridge was up, and all area were barricaded. It is said that the zombies could be heard in the castle decades later. This was recorded by Bearnt Kuntzel, a friar on his pilgrimage to Rome.
Saxony, officially the Free State of Saxony (German: Freistaat Sachsen, Upper Sorbian: Swobodny stat Sakska), is a landlocked state of Germany, bordering the states of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Bavaria, as well as the countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. Its capital is Dresden, and its largest city is Leipzig. Saxony is the tenth largest of Germany’s sixteen states, with an area of 18,413 square kilometres (7,109 sq mi), and the sixth most populous, with more than 4 million inhabitants.
The history of Saxony spans more than a millennium. It has been a medieval duchy, an electorate of the Holy Roman Empire, a kingdom, and twice a republic. The first Free State of Saxony was established in 1918 as a constituent state of the Weimar Republic. After World War II, it became part of the German Democratic Republic and was abolished by the communist government in 1952. Following German reunification, the Free State of Saxony was reconstituted with slightly altered borders in 1990 and became one of the five new states of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The area of the modern state of Saxony should not be confused with Old Saxony, the area inhabited by Saxons. Old Saxony corresponds roughly to the modern German states of Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and the Westphalian part of North Rhine-Westphalia.