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Necromantic Studies

Dread Necromancy

Dread necromancers strike fear into their enemies, driving them mad and cursing them with ancient power.

Aura of Cowardice: At 4th level, the necromancer radiates a palpably daunting aura that causes all enemies within 10 feet to take a –4 penalty on saving throws against fear effects. Creatures that are normally immune to fear lose that immunity while within 10 feet of a necromancer with this ability. This ability functions only while the necromancer remains conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Misfortune (Su): At 8th level, as a standard action, the necromancer can cause a creature within 30 feet to suffer grave misfortune for 2 rounds. Anytime the creature makes an ability check, attack roll, saving throw, or skill check, it must roll twice and take the worse result. A Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 the necromancer’s level + his Charisma modifier) negates the effect. At 16th level, the duration becomes 3 rounds. This affects all rolls the target must make while the effect lasts. Whether or not the save is successful, a creature cannot be the target of the same necromancer’s misfortune again for 1 day.

Aura of Despair (Su): At 12th level, enemies within 10 feet of the necromancer take a –2 penalty on all saving throws. This penalty does not stack with the penalty from aura of cowardice. This ability functions only while the necromancer is conscious, not if he is unconscious or dead.

Dread Necromancer Spells
0-Level: haunted fey aspect
1st-Level: discern next of kin, hex ward, hideous laughter, undine’s curse
2nd-Level: detect thoughts, mad hallucination
3rd-Level: bestow curse, healing thief
4th-Level: feast on fear, phantasmal killer
5th-Level: major curse, symbol of pain
6th-Level: harm, symbol of fear
7th-Level: insanity
8th-Level: symbol of insanity
9th-Level: weird

Fell Necromancy

Fell necromancers are disease-ridden beings who seek to emulate death, even going so far as to transform their flesh in hopes of achieving perfection.

Aura of Evil: Fell necromancy is a tainted art that not even necromancers choose lightly. Regardless of his actual alignment, the necromancer exudes an evil aura equal to his level. He can be affected by spells that target evil creatures.

Plague Bringer (Ex): At 4th level, the necromancer becomes a beacon of corruption and disease. He does not take any damage or take any penalty from diseases, but can still contract them and spread them to others. He is otherwise immune to their effects.

Fell Caster: At 8th level, the necromancer chooses death, famine, pestilence, or war and gains that ability. At 16th level, his choice improves.

Death: When the necromancer casts an undead anatomy spell, the duration becomes 1 hour/level.

Famine: As a standard action, the necromancer can impose either starvation or thirst upon a living creature you can see within 30 feet. This requires the creature to make a Constitution check each round (DC 10 + 1 for each previous check) to avoid taking 1d6 points of nonlethal damage. The creature must continue to make these checks until, as a full-round action, it quenches its thirst or sates its hunger (see starvation and thirst). The necromancer can use this ability a number of times per day equal to 3 + his Charisma modifier, but can only apply it once every 24 hours to any given creature. Creatures that do not need to eat are immune to this effect. At 16th level, the initial DC increases by +3 and the creature takes 3d6 points of nonlethal damage instead.

Pestilence: When the necromancer uses charnel touch, he can also use a swift action to cast contagion on his target, if he knows that spell. At 16th level, he can cast greater contagion instead.

War: The necromancer’s base attack bonus becomes 3/4 of his level, as a rogue, which grants his an extra attack. He gains proficiency with Medium armor and one martial weapon of his choice. He can use charnel touch once as part of a full-attack action. At 16th level, he can channel his charnel touch through his weapon attacks. Only the first attack made in this way each round can apply the necromancer’s cruelty.

Taste of Power (Su): At 12th level, the necromancer can transfer some of his power to an ally with a touch. This ability functions as imbue with spell ability, except as noted here. The ability only requires one round to cast, and the necromancer can grant a target with at least 10 hit dice one or two 4th-level spells or lower and one 5th-level spell.

Fell Necromancer Spells
0-Level: detect poison
1st-Level: delay disease, invigorate, remove sickness, youthful appearance
2nd-Level: disfiguring touch, pox pustules
3rd-Level: contagion, undead anatomy I
4th-Level: plague carrier, poison
5th-Level: greater contagion, undead anatomy II
6th-Level: epidemicundead anatomy III
7th-Level: plague storm
8th-Level: undead anatomy IV
9th-Level: transmute blood to acid

True Necromancy

True necromancers practice what they believe is the purest form of their magic; raising the dead and using them to do their bidding.

Undead Companion (Ex): At 4th level, the necromancer gains the services of an undead companion. His companion can be a skeleton or a zombie, and its base statistics are noted here. As an undead, the companion uses its Charisma to determine its hit points, instead of Constitution.

Humanoid Skeleton


Size Medium, Speed 40 ft.; AC +2 natural armorAttack 2 claws (1d4); Ability Scores Str 14, Dex 16, Con —, Int —, Wis 10, Cha 10; Special Qualities darkvision 60 ft., undead traits; the skeleton usually starts with a longbow and 20 arrows.

Humanoid Zombie


Size Medium; Speed 20 ft.; AC +4 natural armorAttack 2 slams (1d6); Ability Scores Str 16, Dex 12, Con —, Int —, Wis 8, Cha 12; Special Qualities darkvision 60 ft., undead traits.

This ability otherwise functions like the druid animal companion ability (which is part of the Nature Bond class feature), except that the necromancer’s effective druid level is equal to his necromancer level -3. His companion advances at 12th level, gaining +2 Dex and +2 Cha if it is a skeleton or +2 Str and +2 Cha if it is a zombie.

Undead Master: At 8th level, the necromancer gains Undead Master as a bonus feat. If he already has that feat, he gains Spell Specialization (necromancy) instead.

Undead Cohort: At 16th level, the necromancer can select one of the undead on the table below as a cohort in place of his undead companion.

Table: Undead Cohorts






Suggested Companion
16 2 Crawling Hand
4 Festrog
5 Skinwraith
7 Ghoul
8 Ghast
17-19 9 Ghost or Giant Crawling Hand
20 10 Berbalang or Mummy

If the undead’s effective cohort level is lower than what is allowed by the necromancer’s level, the cohort gains class levels equal to the difference. A cohort with 1 class level gains the link and share spells abilities of an animal companion. A cohort with 3 class levels gains the evasion animal companion ability. A cohort with 6 class levels gains the devotion animal companion ability. The undead does not gain any abilities not listed here.

True Necromancer Spells
0-Level: disrupt undead
1st-Level: hide from undead, repair undead, restore corpse, sculpt corpse
2nd-Level: blood transcription, haunting mists
3rd-Level: animate dead, unliving rage
4th-Level: reincarnate, rusting grasp
5th-Level: mass repair undead, raise animal companion
6th-Level: create undead, undeath to death
7th-Level: control undead
8th-Level: create greater undead
9th-Level: massacre

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