The art/magic of raising the dead to fight again in a limbo of undeath.

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How to get a permanent skeleton companion

This is a follow up question to Can I make a skeleton from a zombie? In DnD 5e there is very little ways to get a permanent necrotic follower. Usually you have to reassert control over them. ...
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Can the School of Necromancy feature Command Undead be used on very powerful undead?

The Command Undead feature says As an action, you can choose one undead that you can see within 60 feet of you. Unlike the spell Animate Dead it does not specify that it has to be a small/medium ...
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Does the School of Necromancy feature Command Undead have a usage limit?

Does the School of Necromancy feature Command Undead have a usage limit? The feature does not specify the number of times I can use it, all it says is As an action, you can choose one undead that ...
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What does being “Inured to Undeath” involve?

Inured to Undeath Beginning at 10th level, you have resistance to necrotic damage, and your hit point maximum can't be reduced. You have spent so much time dealing with undead and the ...
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Can I be schooled in Necromancy but still choose powers that have the Nethermancy description?

I'm currently going through the Heroes of Shadow manual, and seeing how I'm still new to wizards, is it possible to be associated with the Necromancy school, yet still choose spells that have the ...
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How can I bring my two bird companions back? [closed]

Someone in my party was stupid and caused a massive meteor shower which killed lots of NPCs and my two hawk companions (I'm a druid). They are dead but I really loved them, so much so my character ...
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Does Grim Harvest trigger when my Teleport causes a death?

Prompted by Does Grim Harvest trigger when my minions kill something? I Teleport a large, flat rock into the air some dozens of feet above an enemy. My DM rules that the rock falling does damage, and ...
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Does Grim Harvest trigger when my minions kill something?

The Necromancy School's Grim Harvest ability restores HP when you kill an enemy with a spell of 1st-level or higher. Does this apply when minions created by a spell, such as Animate Dead, or Conjure ...
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Can animated dead have weapons and armour?

If I have put the time into creating some skeletons or zombies using the spell Animate Dead. Kept them active expending 3rd level spell slots can I equip them with items, like armour and weapons? ...
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True necromancer, caster level and animate dead

I was working on a True Necromancer (Libris mortis pag. 53) and I wanted to see how many undeads it can control. Assume the Necromancer is level 11, he comes from a cleric/3, wizard/3, true ...
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Can you have more undead slaves than you can technically command?

A player of mine is going to play a Dread Necromancer. She obviously wants a huge army at her fingertips, but wants to be subtle about it until she is sufficiently powerful. Through turn/rebuke ...
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Do corpsecrafter (and related) feats apply when making a Necropolitan?

One of my players is planning to play as a Dread Necromancer Necropolitan. Necropolitan is a template that can be added to players (and other humanoid creatures) described in Libris Mortis. ...
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Are there poltergeist-like undead in D&D?

My character is a cleric necromancer looking for utility-type undead. I'd like to find a low-HD undead critter to Command who would be able to act as an Unseen servant (pick up small objects, trigger ...
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Which spell slots can wizards pick from if they have more spells that can be prepared than they have slots? [duplicate]

Sorry for the horribly worded title. Per the PHB: Wizards can prepare a number of spells equal to their Int Modifier + their wizard level. I have a necromancer who just hit 4th level and used the ...
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Where can I find player available rituals for creating undead?

I like to DM D&D 4e and recently acquired Open Grave, a rules supplement on undead. But there are no rituals for creating combat-capable undead (they are all listed as "non-combatants"). Is there ...
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Necromancers that actually do necromancy

In Street Grimoire, Necromancy is listed as one of the 'high arts' (pg 143-144) and we're given a few rituals for it. However, none of them give the ability to raise corpses- an essential part of the ...
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Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?

With Forgotten Realms being the default setting for 5e, I am curious if there is the possibility for a necromancer, specifically a wizard, to be considered not evil: In terms of alignment In terms ...
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How do I protect myself from harm and wrack?

In one of my groups, there is an evil cleric. He constantly uses the 'harm' spell to greatly reduce the enemies hp (after several buffs and debuffs). The thing is, since he is playing with an evil ...
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Would adding Necromancy spells to the Druid's spell list break anything?

I am new to D&D and will be starting with a group of other beginners in a few days. We got ourselves 5e and will have a four-character group: a rogue GMPC, a barbarian, a paladin and a wizard (or ...
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Does the Necromancer's Skeletal Minion prevent familiars gained from other sources?

Among the Wizard's Necromancer variants is the Skeletal Minion feature, which says (among other things): A 1st-level necromancer using this variant can begin play with an undead minion (a human ...
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How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil? [closed]

I'm playing a 9th level wizard, and playing him as a necromancer. He is nice and very outgoing, and has plans to build a city in which he will have a church for every alignment, as well as an ...
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What happens if you don't recast Animate Dead within 24 hours

The Animate Dead spell raises either a zombie or a skeleton that the caster can control with mental actions: You decide what actions the creature will take and where it will move during its next ...
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Is it possible to create undead with class levels?

This came from a conversation I had with a friend: is it possible for a PC necromancer to raise or create undead with class levels? The specific example that sparked this was the possibility of ...
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Animate Objects vs Animate Dead - is there anything stopping the Good-aligned 'Necromancer'?

Is there anything stopping you using Animate Objects, with or without Permanency, to affect a bunch of corpses? If so, what? And would that qualify as an Evil, Chaotic, or Neutral act? Have you ...
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Can a D&D Necromancer be of a good alignment? [closed]

I've been considering creating a good-aligned necromancer, but I'm not sure if it's realistic from a role-playing perspective. Is there anything inherent in necromancy that would require someone to be ...
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Can one create variant undead with Undeath word of power?

The Undeath word of power is somewhat similar to Animate Dead, but the latter mentions creating variants (e.g. fast zombies and bloody skeletons) and the former doesn't. Rules as written, is there a ...
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Any GM headaches or canon reasons not to let resurrected PCs fight their reanimated corpses?

Given that, a character can be dissolved in acid and resurrected A body isn't necessary for resurrection. Also, given that, a dark cleric/necromancer can raise a dead body to fight It seems ...
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If an attack that has different effects for living and undead creatures is used on a revenant, what would happen?

I'm talking specifically about spirit rend which for a hit goes: 3d6+ intelligence modifier damage(save ends). If the target is undead, it takes no damage and is not immobilized. Instead, the target ...
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What theoretical breakthroughs are possible for necromancers?

Ars Magica 5th edition has many possible routes for necromancers and original necromantic research. Beyond the research found in Ancient Magic, are there any mystery cults or theoretical breakthroughs ...