Originally Posted by Winter
We know what he does in these cases: Press normal people into an army of several thousand, get (force, hire) lots of magical help and then, you know, comb the desert (by making the soldiers crawl it, an inch by an inch).
Well, we can agree that's not going to happen, so this is entirely academic, but - in this case, I don't think that approach would work anyway.
- The desert is big. Even an army of many thousands would take months to comb it as you describe.
- Most living slaves would be dead (of thirst, or sunstroke) within a couple of days on the job.
- There's a limit to how many zombies Xykon can control, and I'm not sure how effective they'd be as searchers anyway.