Hello, friends. I just finished a play session where I let Branwen use her Animate Dead spells to summon a small army of four skeleton warriors to decimate the sirens on the west coast. I also used the two she had at the time to beat Davaeorn by drawing out his Fireball and Lightning Bolt spells harmlessly against the skellies while the party waited.
I've never really used the cleric Animate Dead spell much before, because I always play good clerics. I decided to let Branwen do it this time because of her neutral alignment, and because her Tempus seems like a deity that would allow the use of dead warrior spirits to his clerics if any god would, other than the obvious "Dead Three", Kelemvor, and most evil deities.
I still felt guilty. It felt like giving in to the Dark Side. Also, good clerics of the actual deities represented in the vanilla game without mods are supposed to be of either Tyr or Lathander. Surely Lathander would not condone Animating Dead skellie warriors, much less give such a spell to his clerics. Maybe Tyr would. Maybe. What about Helm? I think Helm would do it before Lathander or Tyr, because skellie warriors make good guardians, and the protection of all guardians and their duties is his main portfolio. Talos probably couldn't care less, but armies of skeletons don't seem to be his style. (Blast enemies with storms of flame and lightning, not raising undead armies.)
So, I'd like to hear your justifications and rationalizations, if you use Animate Dead with your good clerics. Also, please justify the deity you imagine granting Animate Dead spells to his or her clerics being consistent with FR lore to do that.
I think @Vallmyr
might be especially interested in this topic.