undead minions, my favourite subject! Where to begin? Well, first things first:
You need to dig for corpses...or find fresh ones. Necromancers like to divide
corpses into two categories:
Lesser corpses: A lesser corpse is a dead human or any lesser creature like a troll.
Greater corpses: A greater corpse is the corpse of a large monster or a powerful magic creature.
Corpses can be manipulated in a many ways. Most necromancers have their own ways - spoiling a corpse is a delicate art, which takes a lot of practice. Even the most experienced necromancers fail sometimes, and there is always more to learn and new recipes to explore. A key element is to extract the soul from the corpse and to bring the remaining flesh and bones to life, which is done through secret, dark rituals and the depletion of sinister materials. Results may vary, but the four most common, undead minions are.
Zombies: A zombie is the easiest creature to raise. You only need a lesser corpse and a minor ritual. Zombies are mostly used as meat shields and will not grant significant fighting power to your army. A vast number of zombies is of course a different matter! Zombies are the "The Academy of Decay´s" favourite minion.
Hell knights: Hell knights are more powerful. A hell knight is basically a zombie or skeleton on a dead horse. You need a lesser corpse and either a magic scroll or a bottle of ichor to make it work. Hell knights are great warriors and will grant your entire army extra speed as you travel around. Hell knights are "The Academy of Blood´s" favourite minion.
Ghosts: Ghosts cannot be raised from a feeble human corpse. You need to extract the soul from a more powerful creature, so you need a greater corpse. Furthermore, you need a bottle of dark water. Ghosts use their eerie howls and chilling grasps to attack. They are a huge boost to your army. Ghosts are “The Academy of Mist´s” favourite minion.
Skeletal dragons: A skeletal dragon is the most powerful undead minion, yet seen. It takes a greater corpse, a bottle of ichor, a magic scroll (parts of your sanity) and extensive rituals to raise one of these magnificent, undead minions. A skeletal dragon is a creature of pure undead power. It will rip your foes apart in combat and carry you around faster than any other minion. Skeletal dragons are “The Academy of Bone´s” favourite minion… which is why their followers are often more or less insane and their bodies are dried out, wrinkled and destroyed.Controlling an undead army is easy. Since you are the one who created it, all the creatures are bound to you, and they will obey your will. I can tell you, that there is nothing more satisfying to a necromancer, than watching your very own army of undead minions wreak havoc and destruction.