Necromancy is a claimed form of magic involving communication with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge. The term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft.
Necromancy is widely practiced in the C-Sphere of the Multiverse as either a religion or a practical magic art. Several Realities have stern laws against necromancy but secret societies for its preservation and proliferation seem to exist in almost every Realty.
In Renaissance magic, necromancy (or nigromancia; nigro being the Latin counterpart of Greek negro, "black", which comes from necro, "death") was classified as the first of the seven "forbidden arts".
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