Kydell grinned, baring his teeth. “That’s why you learn down here, first. Can’t borrow from the stars if you’re not out there with them, yes?”
The boy furrowed his brows, thinking back to his lessons. “Unless you’re a necromancer?”
Void necromancers are the most common form of Void mages
, largely due to their critical importance in transportation. Those with an affinity for Necromancy
are particularly prized, but even those without a natural skill in the necromantic arts often choose to pursue career anyway.
The importance of Void necromancers the Hyperjump
spell, a difficult and costly spell allowing a single Void necromancer to lift a spacecraft and its contents into the higher planes of the Afterlife
before folding the mortal plane around them to emerge at a new intended location anywhere else in the universe. The spell is impossible to cast solo unless one is Cosmically Attuned
, allowing the caster to borrow magic from the stars themselves.
To passengers, the transit appears almost instantaneous, although for the Veoid necromancer the spell typically requires at least an hour of mental preparation. A half hour transit for a large capital ship is considered the gold standard, and Void necromancers able to perform such a feat can set their own salary when seeking employment in the private sector.
The largest concentrations of Void necromancers are found within the Sparnell Armed Forces
and the Militant Order of Descendants
. In fact, Void necromancers in the private sector often owe their education in the spell to time spent serving within the military.
The Active Defense Legion
, by contrast, does not employ Void necromancers at all, instead relying heavily on their shorter-range portal drives
as a cheaper alternative.