Hows this for an interesting class, GO Cthulhu!!!
Interesting read. possibly interesting play too.
@DarkWulf You were talking about becoming a lich, here is some reading material to do your research.
They have a lot of strengths, but are not without their weakness either.
Source Material for Lich Information
- The Slayer’s Guide to Undead (Mongoose) – I believe they covered liches
- The Complete Guide to Liches (Goodman Games)
- “Blueprint For a Lich.” Dragon #26 (TSR, 1979)
- Libris Mortis (D&D 3.5) - Good Lich Turns undead, and can’t be turned. But can be rebuked/destroyed.
- Monsters of Faerun (Archlich)
- The Spelljammer campaign setting accessory Lost Ships (1990) introduced the archlich, which also later appeared in the Monstrous Manual. The master lich appeared in Legend of Spelljammer (1991). A creature called the firelich is introduced in the 2nd Spelljammer Monstrous Compendium appendix (MC9).
- The psionic lich for the Ravenloft campaign setting first appeared in Dragon #174 (October 1991), and then appeared in Van Richten’s Guide to the Lich (1993), Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium Appendix III: Creatures of Darkness (1994), Monstrous Compendium Annual One (1994), and Van Richten’s Monster Hunter’s Compendium (1999). Several other lich variants were also introduced in the Ravenloft Monstrous Compendium Appendix III, including the defiler lich and demi-defiler lich, the drow lich (and the drow demilich, the drider lich, the drow priestess lich, and the drow wizard lich), and the elemental lich and demi-elemental lich.
- The lich is fully detailed in Paizo Publishing’s book Undead Revisited (2011), on pages 22–27.
- A lich appears in Judges Guild publications The Book of Ruins page 20, The Final Regue of Allmark.
- A lich is also the fate of one of the wizards among other forms of undead in Judges Guild module Citadel of Fire.
- The baelnorn, an elven lich of good alignment, was introduced in The Ruins of Myth Drannor (1993), and then appeared in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume One (1994), and Cormanthyr: Empire of Elves (1998). The banelich, a version of the lich created by the god Bane in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, first appear in the Ruins of Zhentil Keep boxed set (in the Monstrous Compendium booklet) in 1995, and then appears in the Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Three (1996).
- The Suel lich for the Greyhawk campaign setting was introduced in Polyhedron #101 (November 1994), and then appeared in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Two (1995).
- The inheritor lich for the Red Steel campaign setting first appeared in Red Steel Savage Baronies (1995), and then in the Savage Coast Monstrous Compendium (1996).
- The lichfiend also appeared in Dungeon #116 (November 2004), as part of The Shackled City Adventure Path.
- The dry lich was introduced in Sandstorm: Mastering the Perils of Fire and Sand (2005).
- The Suel lich returned in the “Campaign Classics” feature in Dragon #339 (January 2006).
Lich Variants all worth a read
- Basic Lich (Monster Manual)
- Suel Lich (Dragon Magazine #339) A ghost-like incorporeal version of the lich, as developed by the people of Ancient Suel
- Dracolich (Draconomicon) A draconic lich
- Lichfiend (Libris Mortis) An outsider lich, usually a devil or demon
- Good Lich (Libris Mortis) Turns undead, and can’t be turned. But can be rebuked/destroyed.
- Demilich (Epic Level Handbook) An epic lich, very powerful and has eight soul gems (that function much like extra phylacteries)
- Archlich (Monsters of Faerun)
- Dry Lich (Sandstorm) A sort of mummy-like lich, where your organs are kept in special canopic jars instead of having a phylactery; the Walker in the Waste PrC allows you to become one, much like the Dread Necromancer works for the Basic Lich.
- Banelich (Forgotten Realms) Powerful followers of Bane achieve this template.
- Baelnorn (Forgotten Realms) A elf turned into a lich; not necessarily evil.
- Illithilich (Basic Lich + Illithid) The race with alternative names galore, mind flayers can become illithilich (or alhoons) by taking the lich template.
Templates to Consider
- Evolved Undead (Libris Mortis) While not a lich variant, this is something to consider for an old lich (as many of them are bound to be), boosts stats and gives fast healing as well as a spell-like ability
- Spellstitched (Libris Mortis) Gain a bunch of spell-like abilities and some DR! It costs gp/exp to make an undead spellstitched but it might be worth it.
More Information for the Necromantically Inclined…
- Damn Good Shop of the Damned: http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showt...ghlight=maerok
- Lich entry at the SRD: http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/lich.htm
- Tome of Necromancy, at Wizards of the Coast forums: http://boards1.wizards.com/showthread.php?t=632562
- Libris Mortis (your manual for undeath and beyond; pg.151-158 deal with liches and provide six sample liches; pg.156-158 deal with two lich variants)
- Book of Vile Deeds (not much for lichs, but the spells may be of interest)
- Complete Divine (death gods, especially Vecna)
- ‘Dead Life’: Undead Leadership, an undead leader class, and necromantic goodies: http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.a...nd/dx20021031x
- Lich Progression - Template Class, as tackled by the good folk at Wizards: http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/sp/20031212a