Dry men

The Dry Men.

The Dry Men (乾人, Karado) is a strange race of humanoid beings.

Also known as Drybodies, Dry Men are a tribal group of sub-humans living within the machinery landscape near the Bio-Electric Corporation. At first they are portrayed as savages, until it is revealed the Corporation has been harvesting them for their organs to sell on their markets.

In Blame!, Killy encounters one of them on his way to the Corporation, and saves it from a large snake-like creature; the rest show up shortly after to recover up their comrade, sparing Killy for what he did before leaving. Later on while escorting Laborers to the Corporation, their ship is attacked by a group of Dry Men, whom he fights off, and upon arrival at the Corporation's docks he discovers several deceased Dry Men in the ship's cargo, including the one he saved earlier. After he realizes what the Corporation has been doing, Killy avenges the Dry Men by going on a rampage through the Corporation's docks.

Dry Men do not appear to be capable of speech, and seem to communicate through hand-signals. Their name comes from the large cracks in their skin, making them appear as dried-out. For weapons, they wield incredibly large metal poles, capable of impaling solid metal.

Their clothing is adorned with skulls and other bones from their kills.