The Acquisition Of The Corpse
While the art of Necromancy is not limited to the Forsaken or The Scourge few others practice it as openly as we do.
Soon after the Forsaken joined the Horde Thrall allowed the worse criminals and traitors to be raised as the undead so long as they are paraded before the people from time to time as a deterrent to those crimes. He has also allowed this so that they may regain the honor they had lost in life fighting for the Horde as an undead servant. The Orcs and Trolls have allowed this but the Tauren refuse such practices.
A delegation is currently in Orgrimmar trying to convince Thrall to allow all the Orc and Troll dead to be raised.
As you may know Orc corpses are among the most sought after for the durability of their skin and the strength of their bones.
If Warchief Thrall will listen to reason, we will offer the services of our art in defense of his young nation in exchange for disposing of the dead. A mutually beneficial arrangement, as im sure the war council will agree, but he may not allow this until the threat from the Lich King and the Burning Legion becomes more real.
He would be wise to allow it now so that his young nation will have a better chance at surviving.
If you are not as lucky as I to hold a position where fresh corpses are given to you I will give you advice as to where to best find them.
I know of only a few swamp necromancers and even they stay close to the hills and mountains.
Finding suitable corpses in The Swamp Of Sorrows, The Wetlands, Stranglethorn Vale, and Dustwallow Marsh is nearly impossible due to their rapid decay. There are also many flesh eating animals in these locations that will eat a corpse, bones and all, leaving nothing behind.
While few in the Horde pre form the rituals of the light on the dead, thereby protecting them from being raised from the dead, the Trolls still practice cannibalism upon their enemies which reduces the number of available corpses. I will explain why the flesh is wanted later in this book.
The Alliance has only a few Mages that are allowed to study the dead. Their research, however, is centered on finding ways to extend the humans short lives rather than on the more piratical use of our art.
Necromancers of other races or rogue necromancers will find it hard to find corpses to raise from the Alliance as the worship of the light is strong with them and the dead are almost always subject to the law of the light and are protected from being raised. There are exceptions after large battles, mass deaths from sickness or in remote areas where death occurs far from meddlesome Priests.
Any member of the Alliance found studying the or raising the dead who is not involved with the life extension research can expect the worse possible punishment.
In Northrend the cold weather and isolated terrain allows few Necromancers to operate successfully. While the snow of this area and other snow covered areas is preservative it also makes finding the corpse difficult. More research dedicated to the magical detection of corpses would be invaluable to the Necromancers of these areas.
Little is known of Goblin necromancers. It is said they only practice necromancy on other races. It is uncertain whether this is true but it would explain the rumors of Goblin airships carrying loads of corpses. It might be possible to buy corpses from these Goblins as they love to sell anything.
The best places to find good corpses in my experience are the deserts. The dry air preserves the corpse and if the dead are buried it is normally done by just piling rocks on the body because the baked ground is too hard to dig into. This makes the location of the grave obvious and easy to uncover.
The difficulties of finding a corpse may sometimes lead a necromancer to create their own corpse. While many prefer to work with those have died a natural death, a more expedient approach is sometimes needed to further the study of the art.
While the art of necromancy can be practiced on animals, such experiments rarely produce interesting results. The servant’s ability to follow directions seems to be related to the subject’s intelligence in life. While raising the corpse of a man, elf, or orc can produce a useful servant, the corpse of animals produce mere guard dogs at best.
Often a raised animal is unable to distinguish it’s master from the rest of the living and many young practitioners have been torn apart by the animal servants they created. Let such stories be a lesson to you.