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Necromancers are practitioners of necromancy, the study and use of magic to raise and control the dead. Necromancers are the enemies of life itself, and all hands are raised against them.[1]

Arcane mysteries Edit

"...practitioners of unspeakable magic, macabre manipulators of life and death: necromancers."[2]

Arcane mysteries are the mysteries of life and death.[3] Death, in the form of necromantic magic, acts as a counterbalance to Life. It is an unavoidable force that breeds despair in mortal hearts and pushes everything toward a state of entropic decay and eventual oblivion. It is said that the only way to ensure the saving of another is the sacrifice of life.[4] Sacrificial magic was considered the greatest violation of life and the energies of Life, known commonly as nature magic, promote growth and renewal in all things.[5] However, energies can be so chaotic that they manifest as entropic horrors, pure fel magic given form to lash out at all life.[6] To fuel fel magic, but an insignificant sacrifice--a living fish or two, a few strands of seaweed--is required.

Mages Edit

Mages of the arcane are diviners of secrets, balancing the ebb and flow of incredible mystic energies. Unparalleled skill is required to manipulate the volatile forces of the universe. These practitioners push their magical knowledge to its very limits—often to the brink of their own exhaustion, and at great risk to the world around them. Those who master this craft are capable of releasing a barrage of unrelenting power upon their enemies, drawing upon replenishing energies to maintain their assault for as long as the battle demands.[7]

Because the magi's arcane mysteries are necromantic mysteries (the mysteries of life and death), it can be stated that the magi's arcane magic is necromantic: If necromancy is a school of (or from) arcane magic, arcane magic is a magic that relates to necromancy and is therefore necromantic: of, from, or relating to, necromancy (or necromancers).

Warlocks Edit

Warlocks, the equivalent to mages,[8] are magical practitioners who seek to understand darker, fel-based magics, including destructive spells.[9] According to the liar known as Justin Parker, warlocks have overlapping abilities with necromancers but pursue a discipline different from them.[10] However, if warlocks have necromantic abilities (the abilities of necromancers) and practice necromancy, they are necromancers (practitioners of necromancy). If (key word: if) warlocks aren't necromancers and pursue a discipline different from necromancers, this "different discipline" has yet to be revealed.

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In the face of demonic power (or warlock magics)[11], most heroes see death. Warlocks see only opportunity. Their aim is dominance and in the dark arts, they have found a path to it.[12] Demonic power would exist in - and be derived from - the Twisting Nether because demons (and the demonic powers they contain) are from the Twisting Nether. However, when someone asked if perhaps warlocks were harnessing their power from the Twisting Nether, Sean Copeland—Blizzard's very own Lead Historian—lied, replying, “No, that’d be magi, IIRC. They gain power by the destruction of another source (recall the undead warlock in original cinematic).[13] Additionally, the liar stated that demons contain fel magic, but aren't "the" source.[14][15] As such, the warlock class or the warlocks' discipline seems non-canon to Justin Parker and Sean Copeland. Warlocks don't get their demonic fel magic from demons (the source of demonic fel magic) and warlocks don't get their power from the Twisting Nether (the source of demons).

The warlocks' discipline/knowledge is demonic and demons know how to raise undead.[16] This isn't to state that warlocks do raise undead but it does, however, raise the questions: How do warlocks know how to raise the dead and do they control the dead? By their very nature, demons are leeches on the living universe—but the demonologist has mastered harnessing the power of these malefic beings on the field of battle. Warlocks harvest the souls of their defeated enemies; those specialized in the ways of demonology use this life essence to tap into the Void, pulling all manner of abomination from the chaos of the Twisting Nether. While such a practice is often considered by outsiders to be wicked and reckless, the demonologist maintains absolute control over the summoned creatures. These malignant entities are fully beholden to—and empowered by—the will of the warlock, until banished to the realm from whence they came.[17]

Demons would be non-physical entities (incorporeal spiritswhich are undead) because demons are from the Twisting Nether, an astral dimension separate from the physical universe. The physical is separate from the non-physical and if demons are physical beings, they would not be able to exist in a non-physical place. However, despite knowing that demons can't be physical beings who exist in a place separate from the physical universe, Matt BurnsWriter at Blizzard Entertainmentstated that he thinks there is physical stuff in TN when he was asked if demons are non-physical beings that warlocks can give physical shells to.[18] Presumably, he stated this because warlocks would be necromancers.

Notable necromancers Edit

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Name Role Condition Magical Field
Combat Icon 16x16 [??] IconSmall NecromancerIconSmall Lich Male Kel'Thuzad Master of Naxxramas and Lich King majordomo; Final boss of Naxxramas and First Of The Necromancers Defeatable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost Ability creature cursed 03Shadow IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [21+] IconSmall Dar'khan Dar'Khan Drathir Master of the Scourge in Quel'Thalas Undead-Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow
Combat 15 [??] IconSmall Necromancer Gothik the Harvester Second boss in The Military Quarter of Naxxramas Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow Spell arcane blastArcane
Combat 15 [??] IconSmall Necromancer Heigan the Unclean Second boss in The Plague Quarter of Naxxramas Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow Spell nature abolishmagicNature
Combat 15 [??] IconSmall Cultist Male Noth the Plaguebringer First boss in The Plague Quarter of Naxxramas Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow Spell arcane blastArcane
Combat 15 [78/82] IconSmall Necromancer Salramm the Fleshcrafter Second boss in The Culling of Stratholme instance in the Caverns of Time Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [72/82] IconSmall Necromancer Dalronn the Controller Second/third boss in the Utgarde Keep instance Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [61] IconSmall Cultist Male Maleki the Pallid Boss in the Undead Side of Stratholme; Death required to kill Baron Rivendare Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost Ability creature cursed 03Shadow
Combat 15 [61] IconSmall Arugal Darkmaster Gandling Headmaster of Scholomance Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow Spell arcane blastArcane
Combat 15 [60] IconSmall Cultist Male Doctor Theolen Krastinov Boss in Scholomance Killable Ui-charactercreate-classes warriorPhysical Ability creature cursed 03Shadow
Combat 15 [60] IconSmall Ogre Mage Kormok Boss in Scholomance; Holder of a piece of Lord Valthalak's Amulet Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [60] IconSmall HighElf Female Instructor Malicia Scourge instructor and boss in Scholomance Killable Spell holy holyboltHoly Ability creature cursed 03Shadow Spell arcane blastArcane
Combat 15 [32] IconSmall Human Male Morbent Fel Leads the undead in Raven Hill Cemetery, Duskwood Killable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [69] IconSmall Lich Male Naberius Raised the entire village of Kirin'Var Village, Netherstorm Killable Spell frost icestormIce
Combat 15 [10] IconSmall Troll Male Zalazane Occupies the Echo Isles Defeatable Ability creature cursed 03Shadow Spell nature abolishmagicNature IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [20+] IconSmall Human Male Thule Ravenclaw Master of Fenris Keep Killable Spell fire fireball02Fire IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy APB Warlock DemonologyDemonic
Alliance 15 [35] IconSmall Human Male Abercrombie Quest giver in Raven Hill Cemetery, Duskwood Alive IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Horde 15 [44+] IconSmall Undead Male Helcular Apprentice to Kel'Thuzad, killed while transforming into a lich in a cave near Southshore Undead IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
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Name Role Condition Magical Field
IconSmall Lich Male Abrakkar the Wretched Scourge Commander Dead IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Al'satt Role unknown Unknown Unknown
IconSmall Human Male Diodor the Damned Early member of the Cult of the Damned Dead IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Gul'zakar Role unknown Unknown Unknown
IconSmall NerubianVizier Mael Shelub Independent, last seen in Silverpine Forest Alive IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
IconSmall Troll Male Nazaruul Stationed at Plaguelands Dead IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
IconSmall Human Female Pai Stormbringer Leader of the Cult of the Damned Alive Ability creature cursed 03Shadow & Ability creature cursed 05Death
Ru'sad In charge of the undead forces found in Zul'Aman Unknown Unknown
Toren Snapjoint Role unknown Unknown IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
IconSmall HighElf Male Ul'haik Hadanot Leader of the Cult of the Damned Alive Ability creature cursed 03Shadow & Ability creature cursed 05Death
IconSmall NerubianVizier Vasilii Role unknown Alive Ability creature cursed 03Shadow & Ability creature cursed 05Death

Necromancers in WoW can also be found guarding Ziggurats in place of crypt fiends. Without nearby corpses to manipulate, however, they lack suitable combat skills.

Warcraft III Edit

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Heigan the Unclean

Heigan the Unclean has a striking resemblance to the WCIII necromancer.

From Necromancer at Battle.net:
Though they retained their Humanity after making a pact with death, Necromancers became the most terrifying agents of the Scourge. These dark, insidious men were once thought to be aspiring geniuses by the Magocracy of Dalaran. However, their insatiable lust to delve into the secrets of the dark arts drove them to forsake their very souls. Ner'zhul, the Lich King, granted these malevolent sorcerers true power over the dead in exchange for their loyalty and obedience. The shadowy Necromancers have the power to command various types of Undead and even spread the foul undead plague as well.

World of Warcraft Edit

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Necromancers in World of Warcraft Edit

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In the RPG Edit

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Necromancers are spellcasters whose magics manipulate the power of death. In calling upon this power, necromancers risk being consumed by it — until eventually they join the ranks of the undead.[19] Necromancers twist arcane magic to manipulate the power of death. Commanding the undead, generally in the service of the Scourge, they gradually take on the characteristics of the dead — hollow eyes, shambling gaits, pallid and sunken skin, foul odors and so forth.[20] A few necromancers are uncorrupted[21] and the most experienced necromancers become epic necromancers.[22]

Forsaken necromancer Edit

The Dark Lady, Sylvanas Windrunner, realized how valuable necromancy was to their cause. Though Forsaken heal naturally, many go to the priests of the Forgotten Shadow for "repairs". Necromancers can also free enslaved, mindless undead and research powerful spells that might one day return the Forsaken to life. Sylvanas knew she needed necromancers to heal, strengthen and replace her people, and she set about wooing necromancers away from the Scourge, mainly by force.[23]

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