Necromancer

"I am where life and death converge. I bring death to the living, and life to the dead."

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Class Traits

Role: Controller. The forces of life and death are yours to command. You invoke the spirits of the dead, leech life from the living, and spread pestilence among those who dare to oppose you. You lean toward either Defender or Leader as your secondary role.
Power Source: Shadow. You have gained your powers by surrendering a portion of your own life and replacing it with pure shadow energy.
Key Abilities: Intelligence, Charisma, Constitution

Armor Proficiencies: Cloth
Weapon Proficiencies: simple melee, military flails, simple ranged
Implement Proficiencies: Tome, Totem, Staff, Scythe, Dagger
Bonus to Defense: +1 Fortitude, +1 Will

Hit Points at 1st Level: 10 + Constitution score
Hit Points per Level Gained: 4
Healing Surges per Day: 6 + Constitution modifier

Trained Skills: Arcana or Religion (your choice). From the class skills list below, choose three more trained skills at 1st level.
Class Skills: Arcana, Bluff, Dungeoneering, Endurance, Heal, History, Intimidate, Insight, Religion, Stealth, Thievery.

Build Options: Blight Necromancer, Dread Necromancer, Horde Necromancer
Class Features: Dark Knowledge, Necromancy Focus, Master of Death.

Corrupt. Disturbed. Tainted. The necromancer and his affinity for undeath is often misunderstood, or outright hated, by common peoples. They see necromancy as a mad perversion of life - an insult to everything living.

The necromancer disagrees. He understands the reality of the world - death is, and will not cease to be, a reality of life. There is power in it. There is mystery to it. But overall: it is eternal. Almost without fail, the necromancer is the pragmatic sort - he does what he does despite cultural or societal taboos, because it is useful.

The actual motivations for each necromancer have as much wild variety as life itself. Some find themselves called to the practice, drawn to the shadows of unlife from an early age. Others learn the art of necromancy through research and study before finally giving themselves fully to the art. Some seek to serve some noble goal, while others wield their powers toward terrible ends. Regardless of the motivations or goal, all necromancers have made the same sacrifice - pledging some of their own life to the darkness, and filling themselves with shadow in return.

With death as your constant companion, you have little to fear from life. After all, each end is simply a new beginning in a cycle you are intimately familiar with.

Class Features

Necromancers have the following class features.

Dark Knowledge

Your studies in ancient texts of anatomy, medicine, virology, and various other topics related to death and suffering have left your mind full of knowledge which others can only dream of. You have wandered to the edge of a dark precipice and stared into the abyss, and the abyss has stared back into your soul. You now command knowledge which would wither a normal mortal, using what others consider evil and profane for your own agenda.

At 1st level you choose three at-will attack powers. At least one, but no more than two, of those powers must have the minion keyword. In addition, choose one of the following options:

Death's Scholar
You gain a +5 bonus to religion checks to identify undead creatures, and resistance to necrotic damage equal to 5 + 1/2 your level. In addition, your attacks against undead creatures ignore resistance or immunity to necrotic damage.

Plague Bringer
You a +5 bonus to heal checks made to treat disease, and resistance to poison equal to 5 + 1/2 your level. In addition, your attacks against undead creatures ignore resistance or immunity to poison.

Unlife Master
You gain a +5 bonus to endurance checks, and your undead minions gain resistance to all damage equal to 3 + 1/2 your level. In addition, your undead minions gain a +1 bonus to all defenses.

Necromancy Focus

You have devoted your life to the study of life and death, and now you have accumulated enough knowledge to put your work to good use. However, no man can hold within him all the profane knowledge of the ancients, and so you have been forced to devote most of your studies to a particular topic. Choose one of the following disciplines for your Necromancer to specialize in.

Undeath Focus
You have studied intensively the profane arts of Necromancy until the world of death is open to you. You can call up the spirits of those who have passed on and drive them into service in your name.

Ghost Harrier Necromancer Feature

Haunting shades of the recently departed arise to torment the living.

Encounter ♦ Conjuration, Shadow
Free Action Close Burst 10
Trigger: You hit with an encounter or daily power.

Effect: Each target of the power grants combat advantage (save ends).

Blight Focus
Your studies have included herbs, toxins, and diseases which can kill or maim hundreds. Your dark hexes spread curses and plagues which torment your enemies and bring them to death's door.

Plague Harbinger Necromancer Feature

You inject a little bit of venom into your most devastating attacks.

Encounter ♦ Poison, Shadow
Free Action Close Burst 10
Trigger: You hit with an encounter or daily power.

Effect: Each target of the power gains ongoing 5 poison damage (save ends).
Level 11: Ongoing 10 poison.
Level 21: Ongoing 15 poison.

Unlife Focus
The flipside of Necromancy is the study of how to create life out of death. You have studied the works of decried prophets and denounced masters, eking out an idea of the basics of enhancing life by sowing death. You gain the "Leech Life" power.

Leech Life Necromancer Feature

Your dark magic opens a conduit through which you draw out your enemy's lifeforce and impart it to your allies.

Encounter ♦ Healing, Shadow
Free Action Close Burst 10
Trigger: You hit with an encounter or daily power.
Target: One ally in burst

Effect: The target gains temporary hit points equal your Charisma modifier and the enemy you hit with the triggering attack takes the same amount of extra damage.

Level 11: 3 + Charisma modifier.
Level 21: 6 + Charisma modifier.

Master of Death

You have long pursued rituals of great power and forbidden knowledge. You gain the Ritual Caster feat as a bonus feat and gain the Gentle Repose and Speak with Dead rituals at 1st level (see Players Handbook, pp 305 and 312). Once per day, you may spend a healing surge to ignore the component cost when casting one of these these two rituals.

In addition you gain the Animate Dead power.

Animate Dead Necromancer Feature

At your command, the dead rise to stalk the living.

At-Will ♦ Implement, Shadow, Summoning
Minor Action (Special) Close Burst 5

Effect: You summon four undead minions in four unoccupied squares in the burst. Each minion has a speed of 5. Each minion has 1 hit point, and takes no damage from a missed attack. You do not lose healing surges when your minions are destroyed. You may only have four minions summoned at one time, if you try to summon any more than this number, the extra minions are not summoned. When you take a move action you may move each minion up to its speed. You may give your minions the following special commands.

Standard Action: Melee 1; Intelligence vs. Reflex; 1d6 + intelligence modifier damage and the target is slowed.
Special: You may use this power only once per round.


Implements

Necromancers with a more scholarly bent channel their power through dusty tomes containing the anatomy of undead and demonic creatures, powerful dark rituals, and similar profane knowledge. Others use a totem, a small object often made of bones, skin, or similar gruesome materials. Similar to how primal characters use totems to commune with the spirits of the natural world, Necromancers use totems to call forth and bind the spirits of the dead from the Shadowfell. Still other Necromancers use a staff, a scythe, or a ceremonial dagger as an implement for their powers. These necromancers are often more inclined to feel the blood of their enemies coat their weapons directly, rather than feeding a horde of ravenous undead.


Creating a Necromancer

Necromancers rely on Constitution, Intelligence, and Charisma for their powers. You can choose any powers you like, but many necromancers choose powers that complement their Necromancy Focus.

Horde Necromancer
You are but a single mortal, but your whim can summon thousands of apostate souls to take physical form and kill on your command. You ignite the animus in corpses to raise them to unlife and stalk your enemies. A horde Necromancer needs a high Intelligence to understand the complete rituals and dark rites which must be performed to raise an army of the damned, but you also need to be Constitution in order to contain the dark power which keeps your legions of undead walking. A high Charisma may also help you negotiate with more intelligent undead, allowing you to bring them under your sway.

Suggested Class Feature: Undeath Focus
Suggested Feat: Deathless Horde
Suggested Skills: Arcana, Bluff, Intimidate, Religion
Suggested At-Will Powers: Swarming Horde, Ghastly Bite
Suggested Encounter Power: Tomb Guardian Strike
Suggested Daily Power: Ghoul's Embrace


Dread Necromancer
Instead of relying on hordes of undead, you prefer to fight with living allies. You use fear, death, and undeath to ravage your foes and bolster those who fight alongside you. To your allies you are a patient protector… to your enemies, you are a savage terror. Your attacks key off of Intelligence, so make that your highest ability score. Deception and force of will increase your ability to keep both the living and the dead under your influence, so Charisma should be your second-highest ability score. Constitution should be your third highest score, to aid in your durability.

Suggested Class Feature: Unlife Focus
Suggested Feat: Death Thane
Suggested Skills: Arcana, Bluff, Heal, Intimidate
Suggested At-Will Powers: Grave Pulse, Deathly Shriek
Suggested Encounter Power: Wraith's Touch
Suggested Daily Power: Paralyzing Dread

Blight Necromancer
The ultimate purveyor of death is plague and disease, and you have worked diligently to become the master of this primal force of devastation. with a word and a gesture you can summon horrid fevers, blisters, rains of frogs and flies, putrify water sources and pollute the land. You are a walking agent of corruption, and you use this power to further your own agenda. Intelligence should be your highest score, like all Necromancers. Constitution should be your second highest, as channeling pestilence through your own body requires you to be strong and healthy yourself. Charisma is a good third score to bolster your Will Defense.

Suggested Class Feature: Blight Focus
Suggested Feat: Master of Venom
Suggested Skills: Arcana, Endurance, Heal, Insight
Suggested At-Will Powers: Spread Sickness, Charnel Touch
Suggested Encounter Power: Wave of Vermin
Suggested Daily Power: Horrid Effluvia


Necromancer Powers

New Keyword: Minion

Attacks with the Minion keyword are made by your Undead Minions, and originate in the square of a specific minion of your choice. Unless otherwise specified, you choose only one of your existing minions to make the attack. Minion powers cannot be used if you have no Undead Minions present.

Heroic Necromancer Powers
Paragon Necromancer Powers
Epic Necromancer Powers

Paragon Paths

At 11th level you may choose a paragon path from among the options available to you. Some options are presented below:

Horde Raiser
Pale Horseman
Dread Sovereign
Reaper's Scion

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