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  1. #1

    Is Necromancy Evil?

    Hello All,

    Summary:
    Wizard, Level 2, Arcane Tradition: School of Necromancy, inherently evil alignment?

    I'm developing my character essentially to make use of Speak to the Dead without making an undead army.

    I'd essentially be: heavy CC, occasional light damage, and, utility focused without going into actually raising the dead.

    I would still have to speak with certain npc's that are deceased, and I'm wondering if that makes my character inherently evil.

    Just looking for a general consensus.

    Thank you!
    Last edited by Nohal; April 6th, 2019 at 02:58. Reason: Corrected Title, Edit Syntax

  2. #2
    If your table/DM holds to moral absolutes (this thing is always evil and that thing is always good) then necromancy is probably on the DM's evil list. If your table/DM holds to moral relativism (evil and good are subjective) then necromancy is a tool, no different from a shovel or a sword or a hammer. What you do with the tool makes YOU good or evil, the tool will never be either: it is an amoral tool. So, what is it? chicken (absolute) or egg (relative)?

    And for a bit of reference: At its core, necromancy is about divination and information:
    necromancy (n.)
    c. 1300, nygromauncy, "divination by communication with the dead," from Old French nigromancie "magic, necromancy, witchcraft, sorcery," from Medieval Latin nigromantia (13c.), from Latin necromantia "divination from an exhumed corpse," from Greek nekromanteia, from nekros "dead body" (from PIE root *nek- (1) "death") + manteia "divination, oracle," from manteuesthai "to prophesy," from mantis "one who divines, a seer, prophet; one touched by divine madness," from mainesthai "be inspired," which is related to menos "passion, spirit" (see mania). Spelling influenced in Medieval Latin by niger "black," on notion of "black arts." Modern spelling is a mid-16c. correction.
    However, it has come to be associated with raising the dead. In and of itself, this may not be an evil act. For example, the spell "Raise dead" is how you bring a dead PC back to life. Most people see that as a good thing. Turning a dead person into a mindless ghoul is usualy considered a totally different thing. This is why clerics have the grave domain, which is necromancy for the purpose of protection from the undead for the living and giving souls a peaceful rest in the afterlife.

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