Before we begin delving into practical necromancy, or any other direct contact with spirits, all of you will study spirit taxonomy and must pass an exam on general spirit knowledge. This requirement is in place for your safety, as well as the safety of your classmates. Dealing with spirit entities is not a game or something to be entered into lightly.
Anyone who wishes to leave now may do so without penalties and switch to a different class.
The brief overview of spirit taxonomy is as follows:
There are four broad classes of spirits, you will be expected to know all four and their traits, sub-classes, and other divisions in detail.
Yes, you should be taking notes now, and, yes, this will be on the test.
First, we have the spirits of the dead, or ghosts. These are the spiritual remains of mortals that persist after death.
Second, the nature spirits. Just as ghosts retain some humanity, nature spirits can be expected to act like the beasts and plants they appear to be or protect. Always respect them, they can be quite powerful and quick to take offense. And they do not respond like humans. Witches will specialize here.
Third, elemental spirits. These are totally inhuman spirits. We have no frame of reference for how they think or feel. Some seem to be quite intelligent, though. Sorcerers, these are your focus.
Last, and strongest, are place and object spirits, bound to, well, places and items. They are reserved for advanced classes.
Books out, summarize chapters one and two in pairs, and record at least four questions for each chapter.
-Robin Tyerman, Professor of Necromancy, The Sablebridge Institute