ESO Elsweyr Necromancer

Bones that move on their own! Wait, that's from a different game, but the idea still stands! In the coming release of The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr, the dead will rise again with the new Necromancer class.

This new class was just announced today for ESO from ZeniMax Online Studios. Fans of the Elder Scrolls lore may already know this, but Necromancy is a bit of a no-no. You either steer clear of it or you practice it in secret. When it arrives with the Elsweyr expansion on May 20, players will find out that selecting it as a class means more than just getting three new skill trees.

The ESO team wanted to make sure the Necromancer class somewhat kept with the in-universe lore. This means that there will be some consequences for practicing Necromancy with reckless abandon. More specifically, this means that the class ties in more heavily into the game's Justice system.

“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 does this mean for you if you want to play a Necromancer? In short: If you use some (note, not all) of the Necromancer’s abilities in view of the game’s NPCs, there might be repercussions.

“It’s only things that we consider to be very obvious necromantic actions,” explains Kyle Nowak, the combat designer behind the Necromancer class. “There are abilities that are borderline, like Render Flesh, but raising bodies out of the ground is glaringly obvious and will get you in trouble.”

The Render Flesh healing ability might appear gross, but the people of Tamriel seem to be mostly OK with it. Should you transform yourself into a giant bone colossus right in the middle of town, however, there’s a good chance the local guards are going to notice!
And now, a bonus screenshot!
Necromancy ESO