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The Summoning


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The Summoning

Generally there are two ways to summon a corpse. The first and only way the Mages Guild knows is the Intradimensional summoning. The other is usually referred to as 'raising', I refer to as field summoning, which is known elsewhere in the world. Both expressions are not used by anyone to describe the ways of summoning a corpse and I do not hope to create new technical terms. Though, I need to name what I am writing about. It appears that necromancers themselves usually use only one way of summoning, knowing little to nothing about the other. Witchhunters can exploit this, necromancers should consider studying alternatives.

Intradimensional Summoning

This way of summoning is preferred especially in the second Empire.

At first the necromancer has to obtain a corpse. Where the corpse comes from does not matter, as it does not of what kind the servant is. The corpse is prepared and a magical console is created in a ritual, maybe using soulgems. The console serves several tasks, for instance to create artificial senses, like aural or visual senses, but also magical senses of detecting life. Also, the console gives the servant a 'mind', which will make it capable to understand the commands of the summoner and provides little memory. Most important, the console controls the movements of the servant like a puppeteer.

Then the corpse is safely stored away in an alcove, maybe buried upright standing in a sarcophagus. The position does not matter, but it should be a place where the corpse is protected from scavengers and decay. Most necromancers will store their corpses in their hideout, which are all lost if the hideout is stormed.

Finally we come to the summoning: The necromancer recalls the chosen corpse to summon and opens an intraliminal passage, a portal which leads to the very position of the servant within the same realm. Compare to transliminal passages with Daedra summoning and Oblivionauts. The servant is transported to the necromancer's position and the console is activated, filling the corpse with unlife.

This form is used in areas where it is too dangerous to travel the land with your corpses or were you are unable to find fresh corpses. Being outlawed in only few areas such as Morrowind and Summerset, the people and the authorities in many regions will most likely not tolerate the movement of corpses or traveling necromancers.

Is the servant destroyed it will not lay to rot, but return to its original position and shape, like it was the moment of its summoning. Even severed limbs and shattered bones will rearrange themselves. Immediately the servant can be summoned again.

Of course, it takes a lot of time to prepare the corpse and to follow the ritual of console creation. Also, most necromancers store their corpses in just one spot, which imposes the cluster risk of having all corpses discovered in the same moment.

Field Summoning

Rather popular in the Skyrim, Highrock and Morrowind.

By the means of field summoning, corpses can be raised immediately when they are found. Even amidst a battle, that's why I call it field summoning.

The necromancer casts a soul seeking spell upon a corpse, which forces its soul back into the body, no matter where in Mundus, Aetherius or Oblivion it is located. The soul is bound within the corpse, comparable to a soulgem. This is a quick and easy method, aslong there are corpses avaiable.

A servant with a soul is much more intelligent and stronger as one with a console. Also, they move much more naturally, which especially makes undead animals more agile and dangerous. Such undead have even the ability to cast spells, what could lead to a necromancer raising a necromancer who raises a necromancer himself.

There are certain restrictions, though. A necromancer can only force a soul back weaker than his own. Also, it can be tricky to summon a skeleton, whose soul was already reborn as something or someone else. Unfortunately I could hardly find any theories what happens in such cases. Also, after the destruction of the servant the soul binding spell will wear off and the soul will destructively search its way back to its afterlife. The corpse will most likely crumble into a pile of ash in the process.

Permanent Summoning

Some necromancers choose another path and create their thralls not be summoned, but to stay permanently at their side. They use either a soul or a console to achieve this. The ritual of raising a permanent corpse is much more complicated and time-consuming than anything else mentioned above and most likely only used by either powerful necromancer or such who feel very safe, holding a small keep as their head quarter. If you ever come across necromancers, who do not summon their undead, but simply call for them, be assured, they are mighty.

Dacesco Fodiari
This post was last modified: January 7th 2014, 11:59 AM by Idriar


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