>>44603044 Logically speaking - they shouldn't even move, or stick in piece to begin with. No tissue. But necromancy that binds the bones toghether also works like some sort of a force field. A layer of magic that reinforced the whole structure, else it would crumble under its own weight.
>>44603091 Depends on the setting, but each city likely has a graveyard with enough bodies for an army big enough to fight said city.
>inb4 but a setting with undead would cremate their dead And if that was the case, necromancy wouldn't have arisen; logically, the art of undeath is more complex than burial beliefs and likely to be developed after said practices consolidated into a culture. People didn't start cremating the dead when the fear of vampires was common place.
>>44603044 What bothers me is that you'd think that it takes way more effort to animate a skeleton than, say, a zombie, but it's always a low-level spell. Like, a skeleton doesn't have muscles or anything unlike a zombie, how does it move except by magic?
You are thinking of magic like electricity or something. That isn't how it works.
The reason necromancers animate skeletons in particular is that bones channel necromantic power easier, so in fact the fleshlessness is a boon, not a bane. Yes, zombies have more muscle, but that is compensated by how muscle does not channel negative energy as efficiently as bone.
Magic is a matter of symbolism and sympathetic appropriateness, not just force/distance. What may seem more efficient isn't necessarily so. That's why necromancers have to work with corpses in particular, rather than just using whatever material is at hand. Think about it: can a necromancer animate a skeleton made of wood? No. Why not? It doesn't suit necromancy.
>>44603044 Necromancy binds them together. And since they lack any organs or anything, stabbing them doesn't work. You need to completely destroy their skeletal structure, which is a lot harder than you might think. Especially since magic keeps holding them together.
>>44603044 They do in a setting I'm working on, but since they're held together with magic they just reform. You have to keep smashing it apart till the magic is all spent. Some are made with actual reinforcement rather than the capability to reform, but they're considered a type of mummy.
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