A lich is an undead spellcaster, usually a wizard
but sometimes a cleric
or other spellcaster, who has used its magical powers to unnaturally extend its life.
A lich is a gaunt and skeletal humanoid with withered flesh stretched tight across horribly visible bones. Its eyes have long ago been lost to decay, but bright pinpoints of crimson light
burn on in the empty sockets.
Liches speak Common plus any other languages they knew in life.
"Lich" is an acquired template
that can be added to any humanoid creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature), provided it can create the required phylactery; see The Lich's Phylactery
A lich has all the base creature's statistics and special abilities
except as noted here.
Size and Type:
The creature's type changes to undead. Do not recalculate base attack bonus
, saves, or skill
points. Size is unchanged.
Increase all current and future Hit Dice
A lich has a +5 natural armor bonus or the base creature's natural armor bonus, whichever is better.
A lich has a touch attack
that it can use once per round. If the base creature can use weapons, the lich retains this ability
. A creature with natural weapons retains those natural weapons. A lich fighting without weapons uses either its touch attack
or its primary natural weapon (if it has any). A lich armed with a weapon uses its touch or a weapon, as it desires.
A lich fighting without weapons uses either its touch attack
(see above) or its natural weapons (if it has any). If armed with a weapon, it usually uses the weapon as its primary attack
along with a touch as a natural secondary attack
, provided it has a way to make that attack
(either a free hand or a natural weapon that it can use as a secondary attack
A lich without natural weapons has a touch attack
that uses negative energy to deal 1d8+5 points of damage
to living creatures; a Will save (DC 10 + 1/2 lich's HD + lich's Cha modifier) halves the damage
. A lich with natural weapons can use its touch attack
or its natural weaponry, as it prefers. If it chooses the latter, it deals 1d8+5 points of extra damage
on one natural weapon attack
A lich retains all the base creature's special attacks
and gains those described below. Save DCs are equal to 10 + 1/2 lich's HD + lich's Cha modifier unless otherwise noted.
Fear Aura (Su):
Liches are shrouded in a dreadful aura of death and evil. Creatures of less than 5 HD in a 60-foot radius that look at the lich must succeed on a Will save or be affected as though by a fear
spell from a sorcerer
of the lich's level. A creature that successfully saves cannot be affected again by the same lich's aura for 24 hours.
The effect cannot be dispelled. Anyone paralyzed by a lich seems dead, though a DC 20 Spot
check or a DC 15 Heal
check reveals that the victim is still alive..
Spells: A lich can cast any spells it could cast while alive.
A lich retains all the base creature's special qualities
and gains those described below.
Liches have immunity
to cold, electricity, polymorph
(though they can use polymorph
effects on themselves), and mind-affecting attacks.
Increase from the base creature as follows: Int +2, Wis +2, Cha +2. Being undead, a lich has no Constitution score.
Solitary or troupe (1 lich, plus 2-4 vampires and 5-8 vampire spawn
Same as the base creature + 2.
; double goods; double items.
By character class.
Same as the base creature +4.
The process of becoming a lich is unspeakably evil and can be undertaken only by a willing character. A lich retains all class abilities
it had in life.
An integral part of becoming a lich is creating a magic phylactery in which the character stores its life force. As a rule, the only way to get rid of a lich for sure is to destroy its phylactery. Unless its phylactery is located and destroyed, a lich reappears 1d10 days after its apparent death.
Each lich must make its own phylactery, which requires the Craft Wondrous Item
feat. The character must be able to cast spells and have a caster level
of 11th or higher. The phylactery costs 120,000 gp and 4,800 XP to create and has a caster level
equal to that of its creator at the time of creation.
The most common form of phylactery is a sealed metal box containing strips of parchment on which magical phrases have been transcribed. The box is Tiny and has 40 hit points
, hardness 20, and a break DC of 40.
Other forms of phylacteries can exist, such as rings
, amulets, or similar items.
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