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Old 07-04-2007, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default Should we rename necromancy?

GURPS Fantasy has a bit called “Naming the art” that says a form of magic called mancy is used to gain knowledge. In light of this it seems the Necromancy collage shouldn’t have stuff like zombies so I’m wondering what that collage should be called? All comments welcome.
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Old 07-04-2007, 03:30 AM   #2
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The name's a bit of a historical artifact - the necromancers of the European tradition weren't big on animating the dead, their main trade being calling up the spirits of the deceased to ask them questions, so a *mancy would seem sensible.
The (necromancer) with an army of animated corpses is more or less pure fantasy, and although the zombie is a valid part of the west african tradition the victim is, arguably, not a re-animated corpse and the creation of zombies not a central part of the bokor's trade.

As to what name we might use, the problem would be that we're trying to use real world naming conventions for something that doesn't exist in real world mythos.
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Old 07-04-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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[...]As to what name we might use, the problem would be that we're trying to use real world naming conventions for something that doesn't exist in real world mythos.
So Necro + fantasy = Necrontasy =-)
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Old 07-04-2007, 02:53 PM   #4
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So Necro + fantasy = Necrontasy =-)
Completely ugly, and has no precedent in traditional magical nomenclature.

I would suggest following another lead from GURPS Fantasy, if you aren't content just to go by the traditional name: nekro [dead/death] + urgy [working upon] => necrurgy (the magical art of controlling or reanimating the dead). And a person who does it is a necrurgist, or perhaps a necrurgeon.

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Old 07-05-2007, 09:12 AM   #5
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Or, alternative (if my Greek holds up) a Thanaturge.
Anyone for Thanaturgy?
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:11 AM   #6
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It sound alright.
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Old 07-05-2007, 02:28 PM   #7
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Reminds me of a scene from the Venture Brothers cartoon: (sanitized for more sensitive viewers)

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Brock Sampson: So you're a necrophile?
Dr. Orpheus: That's mecroMANCER. I speak with the dead, I don't have *** with them.
Why rename the art if it can already be 'misunderstood' in such amusing ways?
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Old 07-05-2007, 04:25 PM   #8
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Reminds me of a scene from the Venture Brothers cartoon: (sanitized for more sensitive viewers)



Why rename the art if it can already be 'misunderstood' in such amusing ways?

Just out of interest (and by way of a joke) you wouldn't be the UK version of GamerGirl would you? ;-)
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Old 07-08-2007, 01:12 PM   #9
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Or, alternative (if my Greek holds up) a Thanaturge.
Anyone for Thanaturgy?
I've seen Thanaturg and Thanaturgy used on a couple of obscure games and literature over the years.

I've also seen Necrurgy used on fiction.

Either would be a suitable replacement for Necromancy.
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