Nonhero-necromancer (3.5e Optimized Character Build)
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Free Healing All Day Long
Pick up the Tomb-Tainted Soul feat in Libris Mortis. Poof, free healing all day long via Charnel Touch. Tell everyone in the party to get one, and you'll never need another wand of cure light wounds/wand of lesser vigor again.
this a trick that will require some houseruling from your DM. it's simply about using the arcane preparation feat from complete arcane to make a dread necromancer qualify for the ultimate magus PrC from complete mage.
heroes of horror, complete arcane, complete mage
final progression and highlights
dread necromancer 8/ultimate magus 1 the dread necromancer have an ability called undead mastery, which basically adds your charisma bonus to your caster level while dtermining maximum crontrolled undead. thats very powerful by itself, and all detailed here: Undead Controller. but add this to the caster level increase of ultimate magus, and thats something. the only problem is ultimate magus rquires us to prepare arcane spells, and dread necromancers are spontanous casters. but there is a work-around. take arcane preparation feat, from complete arcane, and that solves the problem, right? sadly no. ultimate magus specifies that you must prepare from a spellbook, and arcane mastery doesn't say you use a spellbook. but im pretty sure you can make your DM houserule that it works. ultimate magus are still only worth one level, because most of it's power is in the spellcasting level increase for preparation class, and again, that doesn't count dread necromancer.
ultimate necromancer minion trick
Hey DM giving your problems with not the right corpses? Forcing you to stick to humans or other useless non Strength/Dexterity high creatures that are not large/huge or bigger? Well worry no longer! A simple spell/trick to turn useless junk in to powerful minions! Polymorph any object your dead bodys or spell components into corpses of huge strong monsters. Example's include Dragons hearts, demon flesh, Demon hearts, Dragon scale armour of any kind or quality! On a similar vein tried of only using weak undead? want say some vampires or liches to your army? Well you are in luck as polymorph any object can ALSO turn some of your stock skeletons/zombies into Vampires/lich/ghosts/bleekborn or any other undead you can think of that only has 15 HD or less.
Minion Trick Two
Always cast descrate when creating undead as it gives you +1 hp on the die, and if you have an alter of a dark god that bonus doubles. Please remember this when you decide to turn YOURSELF undead as well please so many people forget to desecrate their own elevation to undead hood. (remember this also stacks (the hp only) with corpse crater and a dread necromancers level 8 ability. ) potentially giving you +6 HP on the die. Who is the tank now MR fighter.....) considering the price you pay to raise your own minions/ascend yourself to the higher ranks of immortality the trivial cost of desecrate is nothing but pure lazyness not to use it! If you are turning yourself into a lich or Necroplian Please either cast or have someone cast for you a desecrate (with an alter if you can swing it)