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Elder Scrolls Online & the Art of Necromancy

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In a new blog post on the Elder Scrolls Online site, developers provide readers with a look at necromancy, the new class coming with the Elsweyr expansion this summer. The blog begins with a bit of backstory from Leamon Tuttle, ESO's new Loremaster. According to Tuttle, necromancy "has existed in Tamriel for a long time before the events of ESO, but despite its long history, the practice of necromancy is, broadly speaking, forbidden".

The blog then reveals gameplay elements that are unique to necromancers, including "a certain level of subtlety not found in the game's other classes," according to the blog. The class goes beyond its three skill lines and is linked to the Justice system "bringing consequences for Tamriel's would-be liches".

“We felt it was important to intertwine necromancy and Justice for much the same reason we put Justice in the game in the first place,” says Ed Stark, the team’s Lead Content Designer in charge of the Necromancer class and the Justice system. “Historically, necromancy has always been frowned-upon by Tamrielic society, and so, when some NPCs see an overtly necromantic act, they react with fear or aggression and report it for the crime it is.”

What this means is that practicing necromancy in front of NPCs might have negative consequences -- not all abilities, of course, but most. The team is committed to making sure that, though the consequences of necromancy can have a downside, the experience will remain both immersive and fun, "ensuring you're not hunted down or penalized simply for playing".

There are plans for more reveals about Necromancers, so be sure to stay tuned!

Read today's article on the Elder Scrolls Online site.


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom