- “The same reason that when an annunaki leaves a host, it eventually dies."
- —Falerin Ardendor and the Huntress, Revelations
Being Forsaken is a half-life state, an odd form of non-necromantic undeath, that occurs to the host of an Annunaki whenever this being leaves their body. It occurs due to the nature of their union, which is not at the physical level but at the level of the soul, for the Annunaki's departure will tear the host's soul (Revelations), leaving the former host without a soul and physiological changes (Mostly Harmful). The only way to notice a Forsaken is to be able to sense the aura of other beings, for the Forsaken have none at all.
Once someone becomes a Forsaken, they enter the realm of the dead, and they will be hunted by Death's agents. Therefore, a Forsaken must cross over, or hide from their fate for as long as they can. Some even resort to be infected with vampirism, lycanthropy, etc., to continue living without the Reaper's pursuit, as is the case with Balius turning into Nightbane. A Forsaken given new life, if they return from Death's Domain, may relatively live as they did before their death (The Prophet Returns)
Being Forsaken, some believe, to be the most painful death anyone can have—having one's soul torn from their body, only to slowly rot away, unable to find rest. However, being Forsaken does have some advantages, for they are able to see the dead, walk in the shadows, as well as being immune to Uncreation, and having the ability to never die from mortal wounds.