Icon: Lich King
The Lich King is the lord of the undead, a fallen tyrant who intends to conquer the Empire and restore his ancient kingdom. He’s not entirely insane and sometimes understands that ruling a kingdom is not the same as destroying it.
“All may hate me, but none may deny me.”
In the Deadlands. Or teleporting into most any other ruin in “his” realm.
During the day, the Empire is a land of light and song. But at night, it is easy to look out one’s window at the moon-touched land and see that it very nearly still belongs to the Lich King. Ages ago, the Lich King was the Sorcerer Supreme, and he ruled all the lands with magic and tyranny. The first Emperor, the elves, and the dwarves joined forces to defeat him. Ages later, however, the Sorcerer Supreme returned as the undying Lich King.
The Lich King commands all undead, to some extent. His power grows when sacrifices to the dead are not maintained and graveyards are desecrated, but even when all rites are properly observed he schemes, betrays, and attacks. “By the fist of the lich” is a common macho curse. The magic hand the Lich King wears to replace his missing hand is a fearsome artifact in its own right. Those who would rather not call the Lich King by name refer to him as the One-Eyed King.
Adventurers & the Icon
Many evil clerics gain power through the Lich King. Wanted criminals have sometimes given their lives to the Lich King rather than to justice.
Who would betray life and ally with death?
The Priestess, the Barbarian Lord, the Elven Lord and Lady, the Steam King, the Great Wyrm, and everyone else.
There has only ever been one Lich King, the former Sorcerer Supreme of an earlier age.
The True Danger
As long as the graveyards are maintained and the imperial rituals repeated, the Lich King will never retake his throne.