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A Necromancer of the Gray Gardeners
(Arcane school)
Specialist Necromancer
Subschools Haunted[1]
Focused arcane Life
schools Undead
Thassilonian sin Gluttony
Spell list Necromancy spells

Source: Core Rulebook, pg(s). 211

The magical field of necromancy is one of the eight schools of magic recognized on Golarion. It is sometimes referred to variously as the dark arts or death magic.[2] It deals with the manipulation of the essential life force which infuses all living things. Its darker aspect is the creation and control of undead creatures.[3] Wizards who specialize in necromantic magic are known as necromancers.[4]

On Golarion

Some of the most well-known necromancers the world has ever known were undead creatures themselves, such as the archmage Geb,[5] and the dreaded lich known as the Whispering Tyrant.[6] The goddess Urgathoa is the patron deity of many necromancers, although some also worship the lesser-known demon lord Orcus.[7]

Notable necromancers

See also: Category:Necromancers

Although they can be found throughout the world, the arcane schools of the Garundi nation of Geb specialize in the teaching of necromancy.[8] One of the most notable is the Ebon Mausoleum in the capital, Mechitar.[9]


A number of (apparently) naturally occurring materials have necromantic properties.

Sin magic

During the reign of the runelords of ancient Thassilon, necromancy was associated with the sin of gluttony, and was therefore the specialty of the ruler of the realm of Gastash.[10]


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