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Table: Necromancer Archetypes
|Blood Mage||The luckier wielders of the arcane arts forgo the years of studying ancient tombs and mastering subtle finger flicks and exact annunciation. They are born tapped into the unknown from which magic is generated. These necromancers often credit their bloodline with this innate gift. Blood mages believe that it is the blood itself that holds the power. Blood mages do not just feel magic within their veins, they channel it. Sometimes called sanguinists or sanguinomancers, these masochist mages are willing to drain their own life energy, converting it into magic.
|Gravewalker||Some necromancers forgo summoning undead creatures to do their bidding. They would rather become undead to relish the satisfaction of tearing some unfortunate souls’ flesh to pieces and feasting on them.
|Necrotic Healer||As their name suggests, necrotic healers focus much of their energy on healing. Although necrotic healers can still create undead like other necrotic healers, few choose to do so. Many of their healing abilities center on taking others’ pain into themselves in order to negate it. Necrotic healers tend to be caring, compassionate, and self-sacrificing individuals.
|Skullshield||Rather than summon a bone commander to serve by his side, the skullshield fuses his bone commander’s body to his own. Instead of two creatures, the bone commander is a fusion of the necromancer and bone commander into a single being.
|Vampire||While these particular necromancers do not experience the hunger of a vampire, they do enjoy power that originates from a necrotic taint that entered their bloodline sometime in the past. They have mastered the art of treading so close to undeath—particularly the children of the night—that they nearly have become one of the cursed themselves.
|Warlock||Born of a supernatural bloodline, a warlock seeks to master the perilous magic that suffuses his soul. Unlike black mages, who approach arcane magic through the medium of spells, a warlock invokes powerful magic through nothing more than an effort of will. By harnessing his innate magical gift through fearsome determination and force of will, a warlock can perform feats of supernatural stealth, beguile the weak-minded, or scour his foes with blasts of eldritch power.