I think the necromancer could be a fully legitimate user of magic, but having a mindset, or religion if you will, that includes what we living call "the dead". Many religions tell us that death is only a doorway to another life. In most scenarios, death is eschewed by the living, but a "necromancer" would have a different view, just like most major religions tell us to die is not the same as annihilation. He/she is not evil, necessarily, but has a divergent philosophy.
I would point to Nobody's use of a Necromancer in "The Last War". Not the typical dark sorcerer, but someone who has a different world view. Nihilistic, perhaps, but not "evil". Obviously, if I faced death by the hand of a necromancer or his/her minions, I would fight this as an "evil", but, if I were resurrected to eternal life in death, I might conclude I was ignorant to that point. Go to Comment
While it's not exactly high literary art, a good reference book for an entire /society/ based on necromancy is Fire Sea, of Weis & Hickman's Death Gate Cycle. The undead are used for a source of slave labor, to stave off the final death of a dying world, at a rather gruesome cost: to reanimate the dead causes someone, somewhere, to die. Go to Comment
Excellent, looking forward to this. One of the most memorable players I gamed with had a horse with a major attitude. It was the most stubborn thing imagineable, but he and his horse had an understanding. Probably not the greatest thing in real life, but made excellent fun in the game, whenever the horse was being really stubborn a stern fist on the nose would knock some sense into the horse for a bit. But then the horse would always get back by dragging him against a tree, low hanging branch to stopping suddenly from a gallop and flinging him. It was great fun to see what he and his horse would come up with next. Basically always doing pranks on each other. Go to Comment