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A Brief History of Necromancy (I)


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A brief History of Necromancy

The beginnings of Necromancy lie in the past, behind a veil of uncertainty, myths and propaganda. For instance, to call the Sloads the first Necromancers just because their mastery of the art is the most profound does not comprehend the issue in its entirety. And to not call the Dark Elves necromancers just because they so fullheartedly deny their arts while raising their dead, binding the souls of their ancestors, is wrong aswell. Were the strom shouting Nordic Draugar raised in necromantic manners? Were the spirit swords wielding Ra'Gada mummies? The only truth is that the Sloads are the mightiest necromancers nowadays and practiced the art way before men and mer, before Mannimarco's studies lead him to find the art. Some even say the Sloads brought necromancy from their celestial home, which was destroyed when this world began. Mannimarco on the other hand was the first to spread the art in the civilised world, hence is the fountain of necromance.

Therefor, I will focus this history on the so-called King of Worms. During my researches I talked to many Necromancers, Mages and even Elves, who witnessed Mannimarco and Galerion, Mannimarco's arch enemy, in persona. Of course, I had to wheigh their words in terms of credibility and plausibility more than once. And here are my findings, the outcome of my enquiries on the two Altmer mages, who shaped the ways of magic usage in the civilised world:

Mannimarco, Fountain of Necromance

Born in the first era and into a noble family, Mannimarco began his deeper magical education under the Psijics at Zeporah. He was around the age of two hundred fifty, and it was around the year 200 2E thirty years more or less. At Zeporah, he happened to study with Galerion, Trechtus of low birth by the time, his later arch enemy. Like other noble Altmer, Mannimarco was allowed to study on Elvish corpses or dead goblin slaves to find a way to trick Arkay for another couple of decades or centuries, searching a way to enlonger the High Elves' life span. (On a side note, this practice is still in place in modern Sumursend, even using the techniques of necromancy) During these experiments, in which usually mythicism and restoration were and are used, Mannimarco discovered another way of manipulating Magicka:

He was able to raise the corpses as undead thralls, willing to follow any given order. Of course, it was compared to Sload necromancy and ancestor magic in Morrowind and many High Elves, I asked, state, that to use the magic of their arch enemies and heretic traitors of the old ways is a crime as it is to tamper with the souls of their ancestors. Still Mannimarco's discovery was far from these comparisons. It was a novelty: While Magicka and the effects of its use in spells and rituals are the same for every race on Tamriel, even for the Daedra in Oblivion, the way Magicka being used to achieve said effects differ from spell discoverer to spell discoverer, form magic tradition to magic tradition. A fact nearly forgotten in a time nine of ten spell tomes are provided by one single source, the Mages Guild.

The Banishment of Mannimarco and Galerion


However, Galerion, being of uncertain or low birth, was forbidden from such studies. It is unknown whether it was envy which made him turn against his much more privileged and succesful fellow student. Or maybe Mannimarco comitted an actual crime, which was merely discovered by Galerion. For Mannimarco was forced to leave the Blessed Isles, a fate worse than death for any High Elf, being exiled from their so-called perfect society. However, a number of other students and magic users followed Mannimarco. Spreading his art of necromancy, he gathered followers of many races, especially in the second Empire, the beginning of the Order of the Black Worm. A translation error, or a poorly chosen name, every of its members has to admit.

Certainly Mannimarco was an egomaniac like any High Elf. He cultivated a personality cult in his order, allowing his followers to worship him like a god. Meanwhile, Galerion became restless, even bitter probably. Some say he disliked how Mannimarco had followers and students, respect and worship even as outcast, while Trechtus had not, being restricted by his low birth. Others say Galerion perceived an actual danger in Mannimarco's doings. The officials of Alinor however did not.

Taking the name of Vanus Galerion (two names are unusual for an Altmer, compare to two prefixes with the Khajiit), Trechtus gathered followers in Firsthold similar to Mannimarco but for unknown reasons, until he was summoned by the officials. Some say by King Iachesis and King Rilis themselves. Others say he was summoned by lesser puplic officials. After a work of felicity – in both senses – Galerion managed to keep his personal cult from being forbidden. Also, the goals of his organizations were defined as to gather and spread arcane knowledge, as to spread magical usage among the commoners and provide the poor and simple people of Alinor with magical artifacts and scrolls. False pretences certainly, as the High Elves assured me more than insistently that 'common' or 'poor' Altmer do not exist. Nevertheless, the first known date, 230 2E.

But in the same year Galerion followed Mannimarco into banishment at free will or not. It is to mention, Sumursend before the rule of Queen Ayrenn Araena Aldmeri had a strict no-meddling politic concerning the other, 'lower' races (to which Mannimarco now counted), which was dictated by an ominous Aldmeri Standard. And Galerion planned to meddle. Also, it is to say that Galerion, despite his new high name, was of low birth. He was neither used to politics nor to intrigues, necessities of survival in the High Elf society, especially if someone holds an office higher than someone of Galerion's birth would ever have. This could explain his frustration.

Arrived and being an Altmer thaught by the Psijics, Galerion's magic must have been a wondrous sight to see for the races on the coninent. His magical prowess could have been only comparable to the magic of the Dark Elves of isles in the most extreme East. Even if his education was hardly to be called finished (like Mannimarco´s) he was soon given the title of an Archmage, while Mannimarco preferred a title being King of Worms. Both titles were lies and empty, of course. Galerion gathered mages around himself and spread his Guild in the Second Empire.

To put everything in a nutshell and judging from how slavishly Galerion copied Mannimarco and rivaled with the King of Worms, even from an unbiased point of view, it was obvious that there was going to be an open confrontation only one of the two would survive.

Dacesco Fodiari
This post was last modified: January 7th 2014, 11:58 AM by Idriar


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