Buy Encyclopaedia Arcane: Necromancy – Beyond the Grave by Matthew Sprange, Anne Stokes (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday. Encyclopaedia Arcane: Necromancy is presented under the Open Game and D20 Licences. See page 62 for there is indeed life, of a sort, beyond the grave. Necromancy: Beyond the Grave is the second book in Mongoose Publishing’s Encyclopaedia Arcane series. Unlike the Slayer’s Guides, this particular line is.

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Rebecca Bullas marked it as to-read Beyonv 24, Always the poorer cousin of the Evoker, the Necromancer’s spell list has been boosted with 34 new spells.

Necromancy: Beyond the Grave

The interior artwork is generally poor, a step down from Demonology: We then move on to the spells section. Carthorse marked it as to-read Apr 21, Some necromantic feats are very powerful and relatively easy to acquire.

So we go stright from the side effect Undeath to the feat Animation by Touch with no introduction. The module ends with a page of lavour text and two pages of rules and spells summary.

The back cover contains information on the book, on a black background. One thing that I really like about the Mongoose books is that they make fantasy feel… well, fantastic. Digging out the graves of dead Clerics and Paladins to obtain material components does tend to give a distinct flavor to what would otherwise be a rather bland 1st level protection bbeyond undead spell. This death knight is more purely a creature of undeath, complete with an undead mount called a grave mount.

Theodosia marked it as to-read Sep 13, Trivia About Encyclopaedia Arc Nyt Myst marked it as to-read Feb 11, Books by Matthew Sprange. I can understand why you would not want a necromancer blithely casting these spells, but the cost still seemed a little steep grvae me.


Although this is something that would never be used in my game players as liches – no chance! This is not a comment on the quality of the content, just the subject matter.

The interior of the book is black and white. This graft can often grant special abilities.

Sam Hadebe marked it as to-read Nov 12, The front cover has a piece of colour artwork showing zombies and skeletons rising from their graves, summoned by a necromancer on a hill. I can see that happening for Tome of Horrors but not this. The deathseeker is an arcane spellcaster that feeds off the negative energy that is unleashed when a living creature dies. Ted marked it as to-read Aug 05, There are 20 such side-effects, varying in strength from Aura of Uneasethough Holy AversionGlowing Eyes and Disfigurement to the somewhat unpleasant Undeath presented as a non-specific ‘Undead’ template as opposed to a particular type of undead.

The bit that most people are looking for, of course, is the arcnae. This is vaguely reminiscent of the ‘Dark powers’ checks arxane Ravenloft 2E, although I feel that Mongoose have come up with a more elegant system.

Their first line of books was the Slayer’s Guide series, and the second is their Encyclopedia Arcane series, detailing different methodologies of magic.

Encyclopaedia Arcane: Necromancy Beyond the Grave

Many of the spells fill in the expected gaps – necromantic divinations, a greater range of animation spells, some much needed offensve and defensive spells, along with some interesting new ideas.

Allows the character encyclopaediq rebuke and command undead as a cleric of half her character level.


Whenever a necromantic feat is used, there is a chance that the energies use fly out of control. Lists with This Book. Each time a necromantic feat is used, the practitioner is required to make a Negative Energy check, failure causing a randomly determined side-effect to be inflicted on the character.

Unlike Demonology, Necromancy suffers a little from too much rules-orientated information for my tastes. Some of these are undead creation spells that are more basic than the animate dead spell for neophyte necromancers: Necromancy — Beyond the Grave provides Games Masters and players alike with all the information they need to introduce this macabre form of arrcane into their campaigns.

The third section is entitled To Pass Beyond the Grave. All in all, there is plenty here to make necromancer characters more sinister – or to protect against their undead minions. Though the Encyclopaedia Arcane series has improved in its use of space compared with the Slayers Guides, the wide margin still remains and they could still pare down some of the white space around art and between paragraphs as well as reducing the length of some of the flavour text.

I’m not sure beyonv this is the first example of OGC content being used by another publisher although I am certainly aware of plans for various publishers to use each others’ materialsbut it is good to see the Open Gaming License being used to its fullest extent.