Lich

A lich (sometimes known as a lyche) is a type of undead creature. Often such a creature is the result of a transformation, as a powerful magician or king striving for eternal life uses spells or rituals to bind his intellect to his animated corpse and thereby achieve a form of immortality. They are necromancers who are unsatisfied with the level of power that they currently have, wish for longer lives, and seek to unburden themselves from the necessities of bodily functions (such as eating and sleeping) so that they might dedicate every moment of their existence to the attainment of knowledge and power.

Liches are usually clearly cadaverous, their bodies desiccated or even completely skeletal. Liches are often holding power over hordes of lesser undead creatures, using them as their soldiers and servants.

Unlike a zombie, which is often mindless and/or under the control of some magician, a lich retains its independent thought and is as intelligent as a living human - and often, far more so. Liches can be distinguished from other undead by their phylactery - an item of the Lich's choosing into which they imbue their soul, giving them immortality until the phylactery is destroyed thereby removing its anchor to the material world, and then to destroy its physical form.

Liches convert themselves into undead creatures by means of black magic, storing their souls in phylacteries, leaving their bodies to die and wither. With their souls bound to material foci, they can never truly die. If its body is destroyed, a lich can simply regenerate or find a new one.

History


The first four liches each has a symbol associated with them; crown, rose, spider, gem.

Four Brothers Era

Prior to the Four Brothers Era, liches were only divine magic users. However, the ritual known as Passing Through the Lychgate was performed by arcane users for the first known time.

Cultures that practice lichdom


Eladrin

Humans

Mindflayers

Notable Liches


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