When I first started playing Skyrim, I was thrilled that you could use necromancy. It was a dream come true; I used the build from the Official Guide. So about six hours in and I realized that the build was flawed, and I was bored. You can only use biological corpses, which means that if there are no corpses near by, you are severely weakened. I would often get killed in fights waiting from my corpse to rise, and they would often die before making another one. I made a Night blade build and found illusion to be very useful, like quiet casting. I read a forum about how necromancers are like drug dealers in that they have a high risk occupation in the hopes of the chance of getting a high reward from it. The forum pointed out that he raided and killed alot of them, and that they are doomed from the moment they are found, meaning that the chances of them becoming powerful enough before being killed are slim. This got me thinking; what if they weren't found? What if they devoted a part of their life to not being found, and could kill and raised corpses from the shadows. So I designed this build.
If you are looking at him up this close, it is because he is your glorious master.
Living as a Mage in Skyrim is hard, but living as a Necromancer is down right suicidal. Every one wants you dead, whether that be your colleagues, rival Necromancer collectives, the Hold your ruin is in and Meridia, a freaking Daedric prince! The Cryptstalker sees the Fallacy of this. He doesn't make himself known. Getting their name from the fact that they frequent Nordic Crypts, these are men and women sacrifice power over the elements for skills in the subtle arts. They are famed for their ability to pack up their work and disappear at a moments notice, and kill anyone following them. Even if they know which crypt he works in, the bounty hunter will never find him as by the time he finds the place the Cryptstalker works, he has been sniped, turned into a zombie and is currently attacking his friends. The Cryptstalker often never awakes the draugr in the crypt on his comings and going, making it impossible to know whether someone has been through the crypt.
This build is designed to be an assassin/ necromancer. You utilize sneak attack with a bow and poison, and use dead bodies to raise an ally to fight off his former friends. If you do get into a fight you can't avoid, you fight like a Witch hunter; keeping your distance taking down the enemy with a bow, getting protection buffs from potions and high dps from poisons.
Alchemy: The Cryptstalker understands early on how important Alchemy is. With Alchemy, you can extend your life until you become a powerful undead creature. It is also good to create embalming fluids, as much of your experiments will be on the draugr from the crypts you frequent. Poisons make up for your lack of elemental ability in many fights, and as such are invaluable. You can use it to kill your subjects from a range with lethality, allowing you to zombifie that person immediately. In dragon fights, you are quick, and use poison to take down the dragon, while protecting yourself with resist potions. Any one else won't even see you coming, so open fights are rare.
Archery: This is how you kill people you deem a good specimen. You wait in the shadows, poison your bound bow, kill someone, raise their body and watch them destroy the other two.
Sneak: NO one ever sees you coming. You strike from the shadows, and let your minions fight in the open.
Conjuration: This is the reason you learn such a broad range of skills. Bound a bow to snipe the enemy, but the true power is the unwavering loyalty of your undead servants
Illusion: This school of magic is always useful, but the important part is the silent casting perk, allowing you to work your magic in the shadows without giving away your position. Silent Caster is vital, Invisibility helps keep you hidden, and the Calm, Frenzy and Rally spells can be used to control the battlefield.
Alchemy: All. The better your potions and poisons, the more likely your survival. This tree supports your sneak and archery with the right potions and poisons. Put in perks early on.
Archery: All. This is your only Fighting ability, so put perks into this early on.
Illusion: Get what you need to get Quiet Cast as soon as possible. If you want to develop this tree further after quiet caster, it will refine your ability to keep a low profile in battle. This tree supports your Necromancy.
Conjuration: Although this is what the build is centered around, it is quite useless to your stealthy playstyle untill you have Quiet casting. Put perks into the branches Bound weapon (Your bow is bound) Necromancy and summoner. Summoner is very important, as it allows you to raise the dead from a distance.
Sneak: Your ability to stay hidden is the armor you wear. Tank this tree right up, but leave assassin's blade, as you will be staying at a distance from your enemy
Perk Count: This will leave you with 10 perks left to use at your discretion.
Enchanting: Use to buff your sneaking, your Necromancy, your archery, your anything really.
Light armor: Not worth it unless you also take Enchanting, so you can give the light armor Mage robe properties
One handed: You shouldn't be getting this close, but it's up to you.
Restoration: If you do one day become a powerful undead creature, then Necromage will make any buffs you use on yourself much stronger (like invisibility). However the spells overlap with Alchemy, so take one or the other.
Alteration: The shadows are your armor, you don't need flesh spells.
Destruction: You use a bow and poison, so this should not be necessary. Take this if you want to double as a DPS mage and Shadow caster.
Speech: For prices on Alchemical reagents.
Block: To shield bash away opponents that find you (Shield bash with the bow)
Pickpocket: Slip poisons into people without ever drawing your bowstring.
Lockpicking: For getting into the darkest reaches of your current crypt.
Playing the Cryptstalker
Vampire Clan. Join this group to gain immortality and wipe out the possible threat of the Dawnguard. Also gives you a powerful bow that you can use for blocking out the sun and keeping your regeneration. Consider wiping out the vampire clan afterwards to prevent any rivals from attacking you. If you don't, then don't complain when you wake up in the soul cairn because you didn't take the necessary precautions.
Dawnguard: For the truly devious, masquerading as a vampire hunter is the perfect protection from people discovering your true nature, while allowing you to wipe out your biggest rivals, the Volkihar. You will often get contracts to wipe out necromancer dens with vampires hiding among their numbers, which will remove any jealous wannabes. You can get Serana to give you the gift at the end of the quests, and get the highest quality crossbows. You will of course still be able to use blood cursed arrows, and get any of the perks of joining the Volkihar.
Dark brotherhood & Thieves guild: Making friends in Skyrims underworld can be very useful for protection and funding your research.
College of Winterhold: Necromancy! I'll have you know I'm a member of The college of Winterhold, in good standing. They haven't allowed Necromancy for Years! - A useful lie to protect yourself. Also a good knowledge base for developing your Necromancy and Illusion, and creating friends for protection.
In fights: See the enemy, drop down to stealth. Either summon a bow, poison the arrow and quickly kill someone, or use a rage spell and make his friends kill him in a fight. Either way, it is now time to raise your subject from the dead and attack his friends. In the confusion, try to kill the person your minion is attacking, so you have fresh meat to keep the fight going. If they find you first, fire a volley of calm spells, get out of sight, and start again.
In open fights: If you are fighting anyone and aren't in stealth, try to use their fighting style to your advantage. Always be repositioning, depending on the enemy. A melee fighter, for example, cannot get on top of large rocks, so go up their and rain poisoned arrows on them. Try to poison them with a paralyze poison, and always remember that you can run faster than them because you wear little armor. Ranged fighters will shoot you, so try to find cover to shoot them from. Use the melee fighting methods above if they change to melee weapons. Dragons are the worst, but with a bit of repositioning, these winged leviathans become little more than play toys in your master game. Keep a distance from them so their "breathe element" doesn't reach you, forcing them to use dragon shouts that can be dodged. They will try to walk towards you, in which case you move away. Once in the air, try to dodge their "breath elements" but keep in mind this is hard and you may need to use your resist potions to mitigate damage. After a while, you will master these forms of combat and pull them off with deadly precision and grace.
Standing stones: The lady stone for developing your large range of skills, The ritual stone if you are confident at stealth and can sneak in and out of a battlefield and raise an army of undead, the shadow before you have invisibility, the atronach or the apprentice.
Dragon shouts: This new divine power will make you even more unmatchable. Slow down time is always good, Marked for death to weaken the enemy, aura whisper to locate subjects, become ethereal to escape, disarm to give your minions the upper hand and throw voice to lure into traps. Be creative with your shouts, but be smart; just because you are Dovahkiin doesn't mean you rush into battle and breath fire on everyone like some horn-headed brute.
Mirrak: This is just intolerable. You were so careful to kill any one investigating you and spreading false rumors about the Dragonborn being a mighty Nord warrior donning a Horned Helmet, yet some how these weak minded cultist sheep not only knew who you really were, but were actually able to track you. But fine. If this Miirak wants to insult you by sending thugs to do what the best assassins could not (The dark brotherhood made several attempts on you life before you became their leader) then he will see the true wisdom of not announcing his existence to potential enemies before striking.
And then he will die.
Apocrypha: There may be useful information within these black books, but once all of their secrets have been spilt, they will put in the Dark brotherhoods library and never spoken of again.
Mage robes, unless you have enchanting and can wear whatever you wish.
Dragon priest Masks: Wearing the masks of great Liches you have bested, you can greatly improve your powers. Use Krosis, Morekei and Vokun.
Best race: Dunmer
Possible race: Breton, Altemer, Bosmer, Khakiit
Stat Allocation: Stamina, health, magicka is 10%, 30% , 60%
Alternative: Daedric Agent.
The Elder Priests believe that the Daedra are the Elders of the Eight divines, and that the Daedra were overthrown by them and Banished to oblivion, hence the term "Elder god". When they lost the Reach to their rivals, the Hagravens, they fled to the fast living of the Empire, trading their caves and towers to Basements and Houses, making money and putting themselves in positions of power. They infiltrated all political and magical organisations, even ones that oppose each other. They now pull strings to get only the best magical equipment to practice Daedra summoning, who they gain knowledge of magic or locations of magical power.
They Daedric agent is an operative of the Elder priests raised from birth to subtly infiltrate organisations of influence. They are trained as an assassin-summoner, so they can eliminate threats to their mission and can summon Daedra for both combat and trade service for power. They are similar to a Cryptstalker, except they prefer to summon daedra rather than raise the dead, and it is rumored the first Cryptstalker was an Daedric agent who's obsession with immortality led him to go rouge. Some Daedric Agents still go rouge, but the knowledge and influence often outweighs the benefits of going solo. Yet another rumor says that they are sending their best agent to retake Skyrim and become influential in: Either army, The Dark Brotherhood, the Theives Guild, The College of Winterhold, all Holds, all Daedra cults and either a coven of Vampire (Power) or Vampire Hunters (Authority).
Good way to play a necromancer. You are right about how being a necromancer is down-right suicidal sometimes.
+1 like from me (and an actual like) Awesome build
Liked. The lore keeps it from being a basic Witchhunter and the skill reasoning is great. You should add an example of the perks however.
It is the play style that sets it apart, not just the lore. I actually designed him to double as a witch hunter, so he isn't too vulnerable when he doesn't have any undead around. I'll help define him better with perks though.
To be honest, it's personal preference. You can use any race you deem to have a big enough bonus to skills. Although Altmer has better magic (And highborn) you shouldn't be pwning with magic. You use magic as a boost for your sneak build.
Yea I had a very successful build similar to this one except without the conjuration. I only designed this one because I wanted something that makes necromancy useful. Also, frenzy is useless (Without silent caster, they attack you any way) so level up with calm. Cast calm on the people rushing you. Then walk away at a leisurely pace, duck down out of sight, and silent kill them. It's heaps of fun killing someone, then watching his friend stare at the corpse with the same face one might wear when they see a new type of bug.
Also, use the spell muffle. It muffles your foot steps, making your stealth even better, and raises your illusion quite quickly
Very nice job. I liked the role-play elements and explanations of the chosen skill set. I liked everything about it, except for stat distribution. Stamina seems a bit high to me, and I, personally, would put less into it (well if it was me, I wouldn't put any points into stamina). But this is a personal preference, and doesn't change the fact that this is a nice build.
An easy +1 from me. This build is climbing fast.
Stamina is that high for when you have been found and need to run away really fast, or bow bash when the enemy shows up. I suppose you could stop leveling stamina after 150
Nice build. Plus 1 from me.
I have a strong urge to try this one but I might do a NERD version of it where I try to nerf the physical ability aspects of it by minimizing the build out of the SNEAK tree (ie. no forward sneak rolls, no dagger mulitpliers, etc) and leave out atronach summons and perhaps not completely build out the archery tree.
LOVE your backstory and I LOVE when people do a good backstory. It really helps sell the character.
If you read it, It gives you directions on what sneak perks to do (ie 'leave backstab'). I told you exactly what perks in conjuration to take (ie "Put perks into the branches Bound weapon (Your bow is bound) Necromancy and summoner" I never said to put perks into atronach summons. I hope this clears up your misinterpretations of what I wrote.