By Molly Bartolucci
Necromancers have been around since forever. The first users of death magic were recorded in early ancient Egyptian history—around the time they started figuring out how to mummify people. They also figured out how to start zombifying people.Supposedly, Anubis watches all the humans who are born with heka gifts, and if they use their magic well and don’t act like jerks, then he offers them a reaper job after they die. It’s like anyone who’s born with death magic is training to be a reaper in the afterlife.Just so we’re clear, reapers are dead.On the up side, I have a very nice scythe. (Alas, I have yet to find the perfect shoes to match it … but I won’t give up the search.)The five Heka powers are:KaHeka – Re-animates dead bodies using a teeny tiny part of the soul called the ka. (Pretty common ability these days.)RenHeka – Calls forth and communicates with earth-bound spirits. (Lots of necros can do this one, too.)SheutHeka– Creates and commands soul shadows. A soul shadow is sorta like peeling away the top layer of the soul. (This power is rare, and a total no-no. Anyone unlucky enough to be born with this ability is whisked away by the government. Well, that’s what the Internet says, so it must be true.)Ba Heka – Supposedly, baheka necromancers can bind souls and keep them from entering the afterlife. (No one in modern times is known to have this gift. Or maybe they’re hanging out with the sheuthekas in a government lab.)IbHeka – Sees into the heart of the soul, and knows the person’s true worth. (Necromancers who have this ability usually go crazy, or become hermits, or sometimes, they start cults. A few have been serial killers.)And oh yeah, very rarely a necro is born who has two gifts. The last one recorded was Leonardo Da Vinci. No known human has ever had all five gifts. It's almost impossible, because a human with that kind of power couldn't handle it.So, you have to be born with the gift of necromancy and then you have to train. And some of us go to schools like Nekyia Academy to learn how it all works. If you’re lucky, like me, you have a Rath. He’s cute, even when he’s a pain in the butt.But don’t tell him I said that.Seriously.
Michele Vail writes young adult paranormal fiction about zombies and reapers. She likes reading, dogs, cats, board games, ghost-hunting shows, and Halloween. She believes in magic, in the impossible, and in the restorative powers of chocolate. Michele lives happily-ever-after with her Viking and their family.
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