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I'm trying to figure out if there is a name for a person (male or female) who is a necromancer, but isn't evil. Maybe some old religious or ancient name.

The person is a made-up character to a book. She is a fallen druid, but fallen in a way of having a different way of seeing death. She loves dead animals and skeletons, and talks to them, gives them a second life, she supports the idea that death is not the end, unlike the druid she once was.

Is there a name for such a necromancer?

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  • "gives them a second life": she literally resurrects them? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 13 '18 at 11:40
  • Yes,, resurrects them – SovereignSun Aug 13 '18 at 11:41
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    But what determines if she is good or evil? All necromancers are evil from a Catholic point of view, for example. She may be evil from the point of view of the traditional druids. I think that probably there is not an specific word for a good or white necromancer. If you do magic with the dead, you are a necromancer by definition. – RubioRic Aug 13 '18 at 11:47
  • @RubioRic That's a good point, I'm indeed looking for the term "white necromancer"... She herself isn't dead, she is pretty and good, she loves the dead as much as she loves the living. – SovereignSun Aug 13 '18 at 12:34
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    Nothing in the Merriam-Webster definition of necromancer says anything about good or evil. In Dungeons and Dragons (for example), I'm quite sure you can play a Lawful Good necromancer. (There is no more a single word for "good necromancer" than there is for "bad necromancer".) – Jason Bassford Aug 13 '18 at 16:08
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Taking cues from your character and setting, specifically:

Maybe some old religious or ancient name...
She is a fallen druid...
She loves dead animals...
She supports the idea that death is not the end...

There is a Celtic God Named: Cernunnos

Cernunnos was a Celtic god of fertility, life, animals, wealth, and the underworld.

Celtic (Druid), Life, Animals, and the Underworld (death)! Hits all four!

You can play with the name, make it feminine: Cernunna, Cernunnia

Or create a special type of necromancer: Curnunnian Necromancer


Of course that means writing a bit of background about the God, Curnunnos, to your story so that your readers will understand the meaning behind your term for her, which could be fantastic.
But if you want a term that your readers can understand right away, then I suggest building a new word from two familiar titles or classes of fantasy characters:

Necromancer + Druid = Necrodruid
Necromancer + Shaman (spiritualist / animalist) = Necroshaman
Necromancer + Cleric (healer) = Necrocleric
Necromancer + Paladin (holy knight) = Necropaladin

By the Way, having a dark assumption of the word necromancer could be used to your advantage depending on the story. For instance, if the other Druids call her by this "dark" title "Necro-something", then perhaps she is simply misunderstood and the story reveals her true goodness which shapes the readers' and the other characters' understanding of the title from dark towards light over time.

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    I like the idea, I am afraid that without necromancer, the idea of her character will be weak, people will associate – SovereignSun Aug 13 '18 at 13:18
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We can make one up:

Resurrectrix

Albatrix

  • Why not resurrector (merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resurrector) – lebatsnok Aug 13 '18 at 11:53
  • @lebatsnok: --trix is the suffix for Latinate nouns that refer to a woman who who has a particular role or who performs a particular task or job. -or is the masculine ending. It is analogous to -ess in "sorceress" and "enchantress" given in casey's answer. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 13 '18 at 12:32
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo is there necromantrix? – SovereignSun Aug 13 '18 at 12:44
  • @SovereignSun: Perhaps there is necromanseuse. But necro implies "dark arts" or "black magic" – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 13 '18 at 12:49
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo yup ... but I'd think indicating the gender of a mythological being is not really a priority, and the OP asked fore version of necromancer, not necromanceuse or something alike. In that sense, resurrector makes more sense as an answer, as it has, etymologically, a male ending, just as necromancer. Many Latinate words in -or and -er are equally used for men and women: doctor (not doctoress), conductor (I wonder if anyone says conductress but apparently such a word exists), professor (not, I hope, professeuse :). – lebatsnok Aug 13 '18 at 13:10
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Wizard

Magician

Enchantress

Sorceress

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I found a term "hallowed necromancer" which is said to be something more holy than just a white necromancer and I think it suits best my needs, unless someone proves me wrong.

I wonder if I can use "necromantrix" referring to a female necromancer?

  • Hallowed Necromancer is oxymoronic. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 13 '18 at 12:54
  • Why do you think so? – SovereignSun Aug 13 '18 at 12:56
  • Because necro refers to "black" magic, and the hallowed or the holy is associated with "white" magic. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 13 '18 at 13:02
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    Actually, it refers to death, although since the two sound similar they were confused historically. – snailboat Aug 13 '18 at 18:58

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