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A note on souls: you may want to explore what souls actually are. Lots of media treat souls as a copy of a person's personality and memories. Sometimes the soul even looks like the person did when they were alive. Why would that be? Your memories and personality live in your brain, so then what is a soul? Are souls unique or interchangeable? Can you put someone's soul into someone else's body, and if so, what happens? Unless you keep it vague, you kinda need to figure out how souls and brains work together when dealing with souls. The interplay between the two could lead to some interesting stuff.

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3) Necromancy involves retrieving a soul from the "beyond" in order to shove it back into a body. This is the most standard and least interesting imo. Beyond the depressing corollary that death isn't an escape in this universe, and that you can be dragged out of paradise/hell/eternal slumber at any time, the same problems that exist in 2.a exist here.

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2.c) Medical necromancy! (I think I like this one the most.) Imagine a world with similar medical technology to ours, except they don't have to keep patients alive to treat them. If a person suffers a fatal injury, a medical team can capture their soul, then take their time repairing the body, as long as they do it before too much brain damage/decomposition occurs. Once the body is able to contain the soul, they can put it back and let the body heal normally. There's a lot to explore here, like soul transplant waiting lists, similar to organ transplants. Bodies can be preserved in cold storage, waiting for souls to become available. Then there's the soul black market....

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2.b) Maybe this new life force is a different kind from what was in the body originally, and it's less picky about the state of the body. If normal life force is like water in that sufficient damage to the vessel can cause it to spill out, maybe this new kind is more like a gel; puncture wounds or dismemberment would have much less effect. Where does this new life force come from? Is it artificial, or does it have a natural source? If it has a source, is there an infinite supply, or will it eventually run out? Also, this has some of the same problems as 2.a.

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2.a) Maybe a spell could anchor the life force in the body and stop it from leaving. Is this how immortality is invented? Where the replacement life force comes from is up to you. It could come from another living being so that a sacrifice is required to transplant it. There are some grim corollaries with this approach, like a being with a horribly damaged body living in constant pain but unable to die.

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2) Necromancy puts "life force" back into a corpse. This has its own problems. The corpse is dead, so clearly it's not a suitable receptacle for life force anymore. If a person bleeds out, restarting their heart with a defibrillator won't save them, so how do you restart life in a vessel that can't live on its own? Some ideas:

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1) Necromancy just turns corpses into puppets. This requires the necromancer to control a corpse directly, so they probably couldn't control more than 1 at a time unless they were all synced somehow. Or you need some kind of rudimentary intelligence in each corpse so they can act autonomously. Where does this intelligence come from? It might be a spell or series of spells that establish basic rules for how the thing acts and reacts. Casting that many spells would be long, complicated work, and it'd only get worse the more sophisticated you want the behavior to be. This also begs the question, if necromancy is magic puppetry, why use corpses specifically? Unless you're just a gross weirdo who likes defiling graves.

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The mechanics of necromancy always bothered me. Most media glosses over the nitty gritty and that's a missed opportunity imo, there's lots of cool story possibilities in the details. Here's a thread of ideas for how necromancy works:

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I will simply write a program that writes other programs and enjoy my wealth for the rest of my days

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I gave my bones back to, my tally bones back to the devil but the devil is the one that gave them to me in the first place

Imagine having action potentials in your brain. Couldn’t be me

Finally, with the glass ceiling broken, all the oppressed groups shall prosper. Especially the most oppressed group of all: Vim users.

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