I'm writing a short story about a man who faces off against a Necromancer, and am wondering what sort of defenses the main character and/or his party might employ against the Necromancer's magic.
I would call the general setting of the story hard fantasy - magic exists, but few are able to practice it and even fewer are interested in doing so. The story takes place in roughly the 14th century (think Black Plague, English Longbow, Hundred Years' War). Otherwise, things are pretty much what you might expect in (a place similar to) 14th century Europe.
The Necromancer is a former apothecary who fled the city to practice his dark art in peace. I haven't quite decided what magic will be available to him, but if you're familiar with the canon, that's about right - he can raise the dead, spread a pestilence, etc.
The main character is a mage hunter, of sorts. He's not so much the "great mage slayer of legend" as he is "the best we've got." Situations like this pop up rarely in my world, so few have ever had to deal with such. The main character, having dealt with mages twice previously (not necessarily a Necromancer) has the most experience and thus is chosen to take care of the Necromancer.
The basic idea that I'm trying to convey here is that standard armor (plate, mail, shield, etc.) would be useless against such a foe. At this point in the story, the main character is making preparations and I would like for him to grab one or several items that may (or may not) be useful in the coming fight. Many people in this world have little to no experience with magic, though the main character has dealt with it once or twice. Assuming he has some experience with this sort of thing in the past, what items might the main character bring along with him to protect him against the Necromancer?
Some additional info from comments:
- The main character (and some as-yet undetermined party) are sent out to deal with the Necromancer
- They are commissioned by the King to do so, as travelers have started going missing in the area where the Necromancer is believed to live
- The Necromancer has "standard" Necromantic magic available to him. He can raise the undead and cast a number of offensive spells
- The incantations must be uttered, so casting these spells takes time and requires line of sight to the target