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Necromancy is a type of magic involving the manipulation of life and death.


The legendary Bloodstone Emperor, the last God-Emperor of the equally mythic Great Empire of the Dawn, is said to have practiced necromancy, among other forbidden actions that ushered in the Long Night.[1]

According to semi-canon sources, Morgon Banefort, the last Hooded King,[2] was said to have been a powerful necromancer who cursed his vanquishers as he died, claiming he would return from the grave. In response, King Loreon I Lannister had Morgon's body cut into pieces and fed to his lions. Two years later the lions broke free within Casterly Rock, slaying three of Loreon's sons.[3]

Dagon Drumm, a legendary ironborn raider during the Age of Heroes, was known as a necromancer.[4]

Necromancy is rumored to be practiced in Qohor, along with divination and blood magic.[5] Nefer, the last remaining city of the realm of N'ghai is known as a haunt of necromancers.[6] Necromancers are also found in Asshai, where no practice - however depraved - is forbidden and may be carried out with impunity.[7] Necromancers were among the scoundrels who lived in the lawless shadow city of Volantis west of the Rhoyne, prior to its subjugation by triarchs.[8]

Some members of House Hightower are rumored to have dabbled in necromancy.[9]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Qyburn, a former maester and now a member of the Brave Companions, is rumored by the servants at Harrenhal to practice black magic and necromancy.[10]

A Storm of Swords

Melisandre states that the Others use necromancy to resurrect the dead as wights.[11]

A Feast for Crows

Qyburn confirms he was expelled from the Citadel, stripped of his chain and his position as a maester, for his experiments in necromancy and subjecting living people to vivisection.[12]


  1. The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond: Yi Ti.
  2. The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands.
  4. The World of Ice & Fire, The Iron Islands.
  5. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Qohor.
  6. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: East of Ib.
  7. The World of Ice & Fire, The Bones and Beyond: Asshai.
  8. The World of Ice & Fire, The Free Cities: Volantis.
  9. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  10. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
  11. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 78, Samwell V.
  12. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 7, Cersei II.