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.
Necropolitans are humanoids who renounce life and embrace undeath in a special ritual called the Ritual of Crucimigration (see below). A necropolitan’s skin is dry, withered, and powdery. Its eyes are as pale as driven snow, and as lifeless. It continues to dress in the fashion it preferred while living. Necropolitans are considered citizens of the little-known city of Nocturnus, but if their nature is revealed elsewhere, they are feared and hunted like common monsters
The ritual to become a Necropolitan is as follows:
The first part of the ritual requires the placement of the petitioner on a standing pole. Cursed nails are used to affix the petitioner, and then the pole is lifted into place. The resultant excruciating pain that shoots like molten metal through the petitioner’s fingers and up the arms is not what finally ends the petitioner’s mortal life, however, since death usually comes from asphyxiation and heart failure. As petitioners feel death’s chill enter their bodies, many have second thoughts, but it is far too late to go back—the cursed nails and chanting of the ritual ensures that the Crucimigration is completed.
The ceremony lasts for 24 hours—the usual time it takes for the petitioner to perish. During this period, two or three zombie servitors keep up a chant initiated by the ritual leader when the petitioner is first placed into position. Upon hearing the petitioner’s last breath, the ritual leader calls forth the names of evil powers and gods to forge a link with the Negative Energy Plane, and then impales the petitioner. Dying, the petitioner is reborn as a necropolitan, dead but animate.
Now, while doing research for a nice build, my player found the following on the GitP forum:
Say your character was made into a Necropolitan by an 8th+ level Dread Necromancer (HoH) with the Corpsecrafter line of feats (LM) in an area of Desecration with an evil altar present. This will get you the following permanent benefits:
+2 HP per level, +2 Profane bonus on attack rolls and saving throws, Desecrate plus evil altar.
+2 HP per level, +4 Enhancement bonus to Strength and Dexterity, Dread Necromancer's Undead Mastery class feature.
+2 HP per level, +4 Enhancement bonus to Strength (redundant), Corpsecrafter feat.
+4 Turn Resistance, Bolster Resistance feat from the Corpsecrafter line.
+1d6 Cold damage with all your natural weapons, Deathly Chill feat from the Corpsecrafter line.
+2 Natural armor, Hardened Flesh feat from the Corpsecrafter line.
+4 Initiative, +10 ft. land speed, Nimble Bones feat from the Corpsecrafter line.
Yes, being made into an undead by someone who's specialized in it results in some amazing, unfair bonuses. I didn't bother including Destruction Retribution, and Deathly Chill is probably situational at best, but otherwise it's definitely worth writing into your backstory and costs you nothing.
The thing is, a few of the feats needed to 'enhance' a necropolitan only go in affect when an Undead is raised with a spell. In this case, the undead is raised with a ritual. I figured that in that ritual, the same energies are used that are also used with the spells, but my (very honest) player pointed out that this is not necesarily the case. So I ask, would the aforementioned benefits that are applied to created/raised undead also count for a Necropolitan made by a Dread Necromancer with the feats/skills/etc. listed above?