Necromancy is the ability to summon and control the dead.
The power the ability involving the dead, life-force and/or souls The user's magical abilities revolve around manipulating the dead, death, the death-force and/or souls for good (i.e., resurrecting the dead), evil (in various ways) or neither. Users can also use communicate with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge. The user can reanimate skeletons, call forth endless waves of the dead to fight for them (with Hades even threatening to unleash a massive zombie apocalypse in The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson's Greek Gods), destroy Skeleton Warriors, and put them to sleep. He can also silence dead souls with a gesture, and physically take hold of ghosts. Users can even sense when a person is dying and when their soul is being judged in the Underworld and also sense people's life auras. Users can kill mortals, demigods, and legacies by turning them into ghosts, and forcing them into the Underworld for eternity. Nico has only ever done this to Bryce Lawrence. However, this takes away a lot of his strength and may cause him to fatigue as he did after he killed Bryce Lawrence. It seems to be an ability possessed by the children of Hades, and his Roman counterpart, Pluto. This ability can also be possessed by powerful children of Orcus, (but in a lower level than Hades/Pluto's children) limited to those who have broken oaths.
Bianca di Angelo uses this ability to destroy a skeleton warrior.
Nico uses the scepter to summon souls to fight off the souls of Pompeii. Later, Bryce Lawrence uses necromancy to summon British soldiers in Buford, though Nico ends up killing Bryce by turning the latter into a ghost, in a particularly powerful and fearsome display of necromancy powers.
- Summon and banish the dead.
- Destroy Skeleton Warriors.
- Communicate telepathically with ghosts.
- Release souls.
- Turn people into ghosts.
- Sense death.
- Physically touch ghosts.
- Osteokinesis: Summon and control the skeletal remains of the deceased.
- Children of Hades/Pluto
- Ares/Mars (limited)
- Clarisse La Rue (limited)
- Bryce Lawrence (limited)
- Orcus (Limited)
- Frank Zhang (limited)
- Reyna Ramírez-Arellano (limited)
- Children of Hecate