Ancient lich battlemage
|Ancient lich battlemage|
Ancient lich battlemage is a creature in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.
Description[edit | edit source]
|"A wizard's first foe is ignorance. Her second, pride. Her last? Mortality." - Maura of the Seven Hills
Some wizards seek fame, others fortune. Many seek both. For those whom neither will satisfy, there is immortality. Few wizards possess the knowledge to grasp at eternity, and fewer still the fortitude, because the cost is steep indeed: one must sacrifice one's soul. Neither living nor dead, a lich retains their mental acuity but does not hunger for the flesh of kith as undead creatures do. To avoid the decay of undeath, a wizard must bind their soul to their body. However, the process for doing so is unpleasant in the extreme. First, they must carve a series of intricate runes into their skull, then overlay that with a complex net of spellwork, and finally complete the transformation by boring a hole into their forehead that they then plug with a large piece of adra. What drives a wizard to become a lich? The reasons are as varied as the wizards themselves. One might fear death, while another might fear being bested by a rival. Still another may desire only the ability to continue their work, amassing ever greater knowledge of the nature of essence and the runes and incantations required to master it. Whatever their reasons, all liches develop the characteristic form of their kind as their bodies rapidly wither and age. Their skin grows thin, almost translucent, stretched across their bones like a thin film of algae spreads across a pond. What hair remains runs white. Their body cools until its touch holds all the warmth of glacier ice. In the end, only their magic, might, and malice remain. If a lich's body is destroyed, they become a void seer, a floating skull.
Encounters[edit | edit source]
- Ancient lich battlemage are encountered at ...