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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

In some sense, the problem you're having is that your necromancer is holding your plot hostage. He's decided to try to bring these undead into the city. If you call him on it and have the undead ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

Dan B raises a good point - having your PC's undead troupe called out and identified is likely only going to cause issues. However, if you have a way of controlling this - perhaps when they do get ...
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The fastest way to remove bones from a man

Try to get your hands on an Ochre Jelly. Because of their splitting ability, you can cut one up until it hits Small size. That should be managable enough to put it in a large bag (they can squeeze ...
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Can you separate a flesh golem and make two separate people?

Well, you slightly created a rod for your own back here, but strange things happen in D&D! There is no specific rule for turning a flesh golem back into separate people (funnily enough). But the ...
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The fastest way to remove bones from a man

My DM is open-minded, but for the sake of improv, you have to provide some kind of hook. Your answer may assume that you are working with a permissive DM, but RAW answers are also welcome. Spells are ...
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The fastest way to remove bones from a man

Depending on your definition of "raw materials" the 4th level spell Fabricate (pg. 239 of PHB) might be of use. It only takes 10 minutes to cast. You convert raw materials into products of the ...
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What is the maximum number of PC-controlled undead?

Unlimited (even if you don't want to be a Beholder) While the concept is bizarre to me, some people might not want to spend their time as a Beholder... For them, the process is actually simpler. ...
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Why are curative spells referred to as necromancy?

While the 3.0/3.5 era reassigned curative spells to Conjuration temporarily, in D&D tradition they've always been Necromancy. Necromancy is magic that directly manipulates the energies of life ...
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Can you raise your original body as an undead after moving to a clone?

You should be able to raise your own, other, body. Clone only states that your other body is "inert and cannot be brought back to life", not that it is no longer a corpse. The requirement ...
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Is an animated corpse with a weapon overpowered?

Don't forget that a zombie, as a mindless undead, cannot have a weapon proficiency with a Greataxe. Without proficiency, the reduced to-hit chance should more than offset the extra damage.
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How are the skeletons in Tresendar Manor created? And by whom?

NPCs (and the DMs who run them) are not bound by the same rules that PCs (and the players who run them) are. For the skeletons in the Redbrand Hideout, the two possibilities are: The skeletons were ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

This isn't the fault of the player; it's a problem with the subclass, and should be handwaved away. While all of the answers so far have been great, I want to present another viewpoint here. I don't ...
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Is an animated corpse with a weapon overpowered?

As a direct answer to your question, No, it is not overpowered. Lets assume your Necromancer casts it on his first zombie (assuming for now, minimum level 5 necromancer). He can cast the animate dead ...
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In the Forgotten Realms, are Druids fundamentally against necromancy?

You don't need to appeal to a Druid's alignment for an answer to this. You will find the general answer on page 65 of the PHB in the Druid class description. Druids accept that which is cruel in ...
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Is it possible to play as a necromancer skeleton?

RAW, this isn't possible. There are limited choices available for RAW races, and being an undead skeleton isn't one of them. Given that you are just starting out as a DM, I highly recommend sticking ...
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Can the Animate Dead spell be cast on any dead creature?

The description of the animate dead spell says: Choose a pile of bones or a corpse of a Medium or Small humanoid within range. [...] The target becomes a skeleton if you choose bones or a zombie if ...
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What is the value of a low-level Necromancer in a party?

As valuable as any Tier 1 wizard: wizards are generalists by design The limit of the scope of this question is from levels 1-4. The wizard does not choose a school until level 2. A focus on levels ...
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Does Finger of Death turn you into a zombie if it drops you to 0hp?

I've always seen it ruled that Finger of Death dropping you to 0 hp would turn you into a zombie. However, a recent Q&A tweet by Jeremy Crawford and a subsequent re-reading of the spell has ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

This is a fine example of a player roleplaying too well. A necromancer is obviously going to keep undead minions, and they're obviously going to want to stay beside them in every situation. This is ...
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Can I level quickly by exploiting level drain and restoration?

restoring the creature to the highest level it had previously attained (from greater restoration) The creature had never attained any level above 3rd. When greater restoration is cast on it, it is ...
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Can you separate a flesh golem and make two separate people?

Flesh Golems are described as: ... a grisly assortment of humanoid body parts stitched and bolted together into a muscled brute imbued with formidable strength. Powerful enchantments protect it, ...
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Is necromancy necessarily evil in 5e or Forgotten Realms?

The Player's Handbook page 118, when describing the School of Necromancy subclass feature says: Most people see necromancers as menacing , or even villainous, due to the close association of death. ...
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Is it possible to get a permanent skeleton companion?

Yes, it is possible It is actually possible to obtain a permanent skeleton companion. That being said, it is a slightly convoluted process that is not without certain shortcomings. This method ...
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Is a golem immune to a Dread Necromancer's Charnel Touch?

Yes, it's immune. But only because Charnel Touch says so; not due to necromancy nor any of the other construct immunities. Charnel Touch (Su): [...] At will, but no more than once per round, she can ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On "Disguising" Undead Minions

Undead or no undead, if I'm at the public library and eight masked figures get in, I'll treat them as an immediate threat. In my case, that means to run or hide from them, but there are other cases. ...
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Can animated dead have weapons and armour?

Reference Skeletons: Yes they can equip weapons and armor. The do not inherently have disadvantage with any weapons or armor. Source: Monster Manual pg. 272 Animated Dead. Whatever sinister ...
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Is it possible to play as a necromancer skeleton?

It's a little bit dangerous to experiment with custom rules as a beginning DM. The risk is that you hand out something that's too good, and then one of your characters is more powerful than the ...
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Necromancers that actually do necromancy

Animating Corpses in Shadowrun Shadowrun's magic system is theoretically based on mythological depictions and viewpoints of magic rather than the modern fantasy-novel meaning of the word. As such, ...
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