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Necromancers are mortal practitioners of death magic, commonly referred to as necromancy. Channeling their knowledge of the arcane into manipulation of the forces of life and death, these men and women were instrumental in the forming of the Scourge in Lordaeron.

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.[1] 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.[2]

Most, if not all, modern necromancers were trained by Kel'Thuzad and his agents in the Scholomance beneath Caer Darrow, otherwise known as the School of Necromancy. Amazingly, the School was never discovered by agents of the Crown of Lordaeron, and remained untouched and functional until well beyond the end of the Third War. The school contains notable figures such as the Lich, Ras Frostwhisper, as well as the headmaster of the facility, Darkmaster Gandling.

The necromancers continue to abound in the Plaguelands. Overseeing both the spread of the Blight and the construction of new Scourge installations, necromancers are most commonly encountered within and around the ruined city of Stratholme. An elite branch of necromancers, under the command of the dark master Maleki the Pallid, refer to themselves as the Thuzadin, in honor of their lord and first of their kind, Kel'Thuzad.

The origins of necromancy date back to the First War when Gul'dan's necrolytes developed the ability to raise corpses to serve as skeleton warriors in the Horde. But necromancers have been around since the beginning of the Nathrezim race, who were the first ever known beings to raise Undead from Night Elven corpses (as seen in the War of the Ancients novel).

A few necromancers are uncorrupted.[3]

The most experienced necromancers become epic necromancers.[4]

See also: The Schools of Arcane Magic - Necromancy

Forsaken necromancerEdit

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.[5]

Notable necromancersEdit

WoW Icon 16x16 World of Warcraft
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 Killable 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
Official alliance mini-icon [35] IconSmall Human Male Abercrombie Quest giver in Raven Hill Cemetery, Duskwood Alive IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Official horde mini-icon [44+] IconSmall Undead Male Helcular Apprentice to Kel'Thuzad, killed while transforming into a lich in a cave near Southshore Undead IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Lore-only
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.

In World of Warcraft Edit

Heigan the Unclean

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

As a class Edit

Planned as one of the original classes along with Death Knight, this did not make release.[citation needed]

Later, the necromancer class was one of three front runners to becoming the first heroic class released with Wrath of the Lich King, however, the ideas surrounding them were incorporated into the death knight. (The two other front runners were rune masters and monks.)[6]

Necromancers in World of Warcraft Edit

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Warcraft III Edit

Main article: Necromancer (Warcraft III)

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.

Media Edit

Video Edit

WoW Pro Lore Kel'Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge-103:50

WoW Pro Lore Kel'Thuzad and the Forming of the Scourge-1

Kel'Thuzad, a necromancer

Note Edit

The necromancer was a prestige class in the Warcraft RPG and early part of the World of Warcraft RPG and was changed to a core class in the later part of the World of Warcraft RPG.[7]

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