Very good to see that you're still standing strong, Rich.
Answer me this, please. I would like to know how Necromancy and 'Undeath' works in Tolkien's world.
I have an AP almost done (just need to work on the names) that is based on Undeads and the Dark Arts of Necromancy.
an interesting question, well lets look at what tolkien creates in the 'undead' section: (lets stick to the 3rd age for simplicity's sake)
-the army of the dead- dunharrow - reason = cursed men
-barrow wights - reason = sorcery of witch knig
-ringwraiths (this is up for debate as they are in an inbetween state- however given the knowledge that nazgul were at first going to be mounted barrow wights (a discarded idea) then we could argue that nazgul are a form of undead) reason = power of the rings
-sauron is known as the necromancer- we need to be careful about this one- i may be wrong here- but there is no evidence of sauron actually raising the dead other than the wights through the witch kings power
so to conclude- the undead doesnt play a huge part in tolkien mythology as compared to other fantasy worlds- warhammer for instance, which does the whole skeleton/vampire/zombie army thing
however there is cases as above, though as you can see they are mostly related to saurons magic (and the witch king through sauron)
if you are going to create an AP based on undead, then i dont see any real themeatic problems, perhaps as long as they relate back to sauron in some way