Magic lives innately within all men. Our nature suppresses this affinity, but it is there, present in all of us. Passion is the route of uncovering this power. The nature of men is one of extreme passion. The first instances of these powers surfacing were tales of great fire and ice, appearing at the will of people during moments of great anger and hate. As time passed and understanding evolved, these mages developed their abilities. Some used their strengths to gain power, others to mend the sick. As time passed, these mending mages tapped into another passionate emotion. It was their empathy, their selflessness that moves them beyond simply cleaning and mending wounds, to a much deeper power. The most passionate healers gained attunements with the nature of the body, able to heal it by extending its own natural capacities. These healers became known as Monks. The monks were very powerful, and could undo almost any great would, but none dared to reverse man’s ultimate fate.
Sagito was one such monk. He lived many years and healed the
sick many times. Often members of the community and surrounding lands would
come to Sagito, pleading with him to use his powers to bring their loved ones
back from the beyond. Sagito always comforted them the same way. “Where they
are now, your beloved, they wish only for you to join them, it is us, you see,
that are in need of returning to them”. Sagito followed this belief for the
greater part of his life until one day, the village Sagito called his home, was
violently attacked. Sagito’s daughter, Necrona, was murdered. His life of
beliefs slipped away in an instant, falling beside her body and channeling his strength.
Necrona was restored to life, and Sagito was dead. When surrounding lands heard
of this sacrifice, many of the monks who had followed Sagito began to practice resurrection.
The art was dubbed Necromancy, after his daughter. The magic was very early and
required the monks to give their own lives to restore the life of another, but
soon after, methods were developed for restoring the life of others without
killing the monks. The magic was temporary, but these necromancers reveled in their
ability to restore life, however fleeting and painful this partial life was to
those they restored. After seeing their loved ones suffer, Necromancy was
banned and the necromancers moved into seclusion. Some monks still practiced
the art of full resurrection, sacrificing their own lives, but most vowed
against it, to prevent the tragedies of necromancy from returning to the land.
time necromancy had many sub-culture revivals, the most significant preceded
the Great War when King Xenaelus was slain. His kingdom was in shambles, but
mysteriously, months after his death, he returned to the throne, under the
control of a great Necromancer. This necromancer was called Rasputin, believed
to be an ancient Ritualist reborn. His power was unrivaled. Rasputin used
Xenaelus to wage war against the other kingdoms, which united against the
threat of Necromancy. The Great War had begun.
and restoring health is only part of a monk’s scope of power. They also retain
the ability to take the health of other, returning it to Dwayna, their god. The
three kingdoms against the evil necromancer recruited these warrior monks to
fight on their side in the Great War. This caused a rift between the monks,
some believing it is never appropriate to take away the life-force of those unwilling
to give it. Nevertheless the threat of the necromancers kept these kingdoms
united. The three kingdoms held the advantage in population and strength, but
as the battles were waged on many fronts, every death on the side of good
became a warrior for darkness; the necromancer army took the dead of their
enemies and rebirthed them to fill out their ranks.
Rasputin’s army grew as the three
kingdoms crumbled from the cost of war. All seemed lost to darkness until the
battle on the Dolyak Fields. The three kingdoms sent a key attack collumb
against the necromancer forces, led by their greatest general, Horace Del
Grania. The necromancer army responded with their own lead General, known as a
face of horror and ruthlessness and referred to only by his rank, Brainiac
Xiii. Stories haunted children of the dark armored giant who ravaged village’s
singlehandedly, the ruthless and faceless mind and muscle behind the Necris Armies’
strategy. Brainiac Xiii slew Horace Del Grania, and the necromancer army
celebrated its greatest victory. It wasn’t until after the battle that Braniac Xiii
discovered the identity of Del Grania. The Necris General was indeed a giant of
a man, but his faceless image was derived from the dark armor he wore to
battle. He was in fact a man, a father, and Del Grania, his son. Brainiac was
loyal to his mentor, Xenaelus, but for sending him to do battle against his own
son, Brainiac Xiii’s allegiance was broken.
is around this time that it is believed Brainiac Xiii encountered an immortal
man. The man had claimed to have Known Rasputin from many centuries before, and
knew of his weakness. Over the next several months of war, the Necris generals
either vanished, or perished. The necromancer army began to shrink and
ultimately, Rasputin was found killed, Impaled upon and shrine to the
Necromancer god Grenth, the sword through his chest held the markings of a
thirteenth ranked General of the army of Xenaelus. Burned into the side of the
blade was a small crest of a sun surrounded by flame. Brainiac Xiii was hailed
as a hero for ending the war, but the stories of his massacres plagued the
people, and hatred and fear remained common place. He was never seen again
after the battle at Dolyak Field.
the end of the Great War, necromancy has become an accepted magical art.
Although it still carries certain stigma. It is banned for use as a means of resurrection.
The three Kingdoms have since splintered and formed anew.