Risen sets the player loose to die at their own peril in their quest to save the world. That is, if the bugs don’t eat them alive first.
I’m not talking about the giant bugs that can kill you in seconds. I’m talking about the kind that can turn your screen yellow, make the ground invisible, or respawn you in the ceiling of a big room after reloading a save forcing you to drop to your death. I hope you save often.