The Origins of Necromancy
Eryf, god of Death, quickly learned that he was unable to have children as the rest of his siblings could. Unable to pass on his powers in the most natural way, he began teaching sorcerers how to work much darker magic. He lured students away from Savjuvi with promises of much greater power, and fulfilled those promises. Savjuvi countered his brother by teaching sorcerers and other mortals to fear those who could hold power over death. This did not stop the spread of necromancy, but it did cause many groups to shun necromancers and many countries to later banish any who used the dark magic.
Though there some acceptable uses for blood in sorcery, it is used in every spell in necromancy. Through the use of blood magic, a necromancer can bind and control the body of another person, even to keep the person’s body mobile after death. This makes combat with a necromancer’s army quite difficult.
Levels of Power
Unlike with sorcerers, necromancers do not have recognized levels of magic. A necromancer’s power varies by the amount of spells he has mastered, and only one true Master of Necromancy tends to exist at one time. Necromancers are aware of each other working in the tainted realm between life an death, and thus know when others are growing in power. The Master, who is often also the Emperor of Dyrai will do away with necromancers coming too close to his level of power.
Effects of Necromancy
Necromantic spells and rituals bring necromancers so close to death itself that the magic has lasting effects on the body. As a necromancer grows in power, his ability to reproduce declines until he is completely unable to.
It also becomes more difficult for a necromancer’s body to heal after injury. Many necromancers hope to achieve a level of immortality through their power over death, but in reality they are pushing their bodies closer to death itself. Few live to be older than forty, and most die from pushing their spells too far. However, all necromancers can be killed in the same ways that any other person can be.
Women and Necromancy
Because of a woman’s ability to give birth to a living child, a woman cannot be a necromancer while her womb is intact. Some women seek ways to have their wombs removed so that they can practice necromancy.