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December 1, 2005, 5:59 pm

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eXtreme Makeover - Necromancer Edition


...And then the evil necromancer killed everyone and made them into zombies to do really evil things. I mean really evil, kicking puppies, eating kittens and making lewd sexual gestures at unsuspecting shoppers at Wal-Mart. Yeah and he had a severed head for a hat and was eating a sandwich made out of real lady-fingers…


Give me a break.

Anyone else tired of this? I know I am. The Necromancer, this poor guy has born the brunt of fantasy villany for Lord knows how long. Untold numbers of places have been ruined by his passage, or heaven forbid his eating lunch there once. Legions of heroes have sprung up to slay him and his armies of undead. Where did all of the undead come from, did no one notice him stealing all of the corpses from the graveyard?

In truth, this magnitude of evil is rarely, if ever reached. The typical fantasy Necromancer exists on a world altering level of evil equivalent to Adolf Hitler. Anyone who espouses such malevolence is invariably a demon, or a human who acts like a demon and looses quite a bit of credibility. In its own way, the Necromancer has been ritually abused just like the elf, the dwarf and the orc.

you know what that means don’t you?

I know some of you do, some fingers are already itching to give their ideas.

Time for an eXtreme makeover: Necromancer Edition

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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.

2005-11-26 09:49 PM » Link: [1804#8440|text] Delete Edit
Um, the previous post was made by me, that is, Dream. Not a Barbarian Horde. Well, maybe Barbarian, but only one guy.

I have enormous trouble logging into Strolen's new website... I have to log in several times to get it to "take". Sorry.

2005-11-26 09:53 PM » Link: [1804#8441|text]
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Siren no Orakio
November 30, 2005, 22:06
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.
Siren no Orakio
December 3, 2005, 12:43
Another oft forgotten 'necromancer': Herr Doktor Frankenstein. (That's Frahnk-en-steen!)

Other "literary" Necromancy gone horribly wrong: The Anime/Manga series Full Metal Alchemist begins with a forbidden necromantic ritual.
December 4, 2005, 10:44
You need to build some people from this organization.

So they can be linked back.
Siren no Orakio
December 5, 2005, 18:09
He's stew, I'm going to be talking with someone over him. ;)
December 18, 2005, 11:55
So who is doing the next one of these. They are so much fun.
Voted MoonHunter
December 18, 2005, 11:56
Hey my vote didn't tally. So there. We post again.
Voted Cheka Man
March 2, 2006, 13:00
This is one of the threads I like a lot.
Siren no Orakio
October 21, 2008, 21:31
Voted valadaar
October 22, 2008, 11:51
Good collection - added my most unnoticed sub ever - she _is_ a type of necromancer...


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In nature, for instance, a rhino has flies and ticks etc, that live on the hide and live off the blood. Rhino will visit and lie in ponds where turtles will clean the underwater portion of the ticks and a species of bird will clean the the top of ticks and other parasites. What if where the characters camp there were a species of animals that lived off wounds of the creatures. PCs camp. Anybody with wounds on there body are soon covered with small rodent - insect - shadows - whatever. Would immediately see it as a threat I would imagine. But perhaps one of the wounded didn't wake up when it happened, and when they did finally wake they were completely healed. Perhaps somebody was warned of something attacking them but they were able to notice that the wound was actually getting smaller instead of larger. Or maybe they successfully beat the creatures off them and don't notice an improvement, marking this place never to rest at ever again....later learn that villagers send their wounded there but they keep it a guarded secret because they don't want all the attention or traffic and what comes with such a special gift. Could turn into something more too if characters decide to start blabbing about it.

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