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For the Warcraft III hero unit, see Lich (Warcraft III).
Liches, Lords of Undeath
Lich
Faction/AffiliationScourge, some serve the Burning Legion, Knights of the Ebon Blade some are Independent
Character classesMage, Sorcerer, Warlock, Necromancer, Shaman (RPG)
Racial capitalIcecrown Glacier
Racial leader(s)The Lich King, Kel'Thuzad and senior lieutenants
Racial mountSpell-powered flight
HomeworldVarious, primarily Azeroth and Draenor
Primary language(s)Various
Secondary language(s)Not applicable
Average heightVaries according to species, decay, and rigor mortis

A lich is a powerful undead sorcerer who possesses tremendous magical power. During his mortal life as the warchief of the orcish Horde of Draenor, Ner'zhul commanded a number of orcish warlocks, shamans, and even some of Gul'dan's death knights. When these wicked sorcerers were captured by Kil'jaeden and the Burning Legion after the destruction of Draenor, they were transformed into twisted aberrations of their former selves. Ner'zhul became the Lich King at this time. The sorcerers' new, undead bodies, though immortal, were bound to the iron will of Ner'zhul. Since the liches showed unswerving loyalty to their master, Ner'zhul granted them control over the furious elements of the cold north. Now, the liches wield frost magic along with their own considerable necromantic spells.[1][2] Other liches are former humans and important members of the Cult of the Damned (Kel'Thuzad is one such example).

Service to the Scourge Edit

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A Lich from Warcraft III.

Liches are among the most powerful spellcasters and allies of the undead Scourge, serving their master with evil intent and great power. Often, they command armies as generals, surrogates for the Lich King himself. They are deeply entwined with the cold power of the grave. As a rule, these creatures are power-hungry, devious, and vicious. They utilize their great intellect and dark powers not only to serve the Lich King, but also to defeat each other in subtle political machinations, gaining strength and renown from each opponent's death. A lich resembles a skeleton with a chill blue glow emanating from within its bones. Liches often dress in flowing robes. These creatures are fond of pageantry and deception; they will often dress in the robes of a king or priest and expect their followers to call them by powerful-sounding names. Sometimes, they claim extraordinary powers granted directly from Ner'zhul himself, acting as though Ner'zhul were a god and they were his chosen priests or prophets. Instead of walking on the ground as mortals do, liches float above it on frosty mist. A lich floats from 6 -12 inches above the ground. Liches cannot trigger pressure plates or similar traps, nor do they leave footprints. Most difficult terrain does not inhibit liches, and they can cross calm water and other liquids with this ability. This movement is otherwise similar to normal movement, so liches can still fall down pits, for instance.

Typically, the Lich King elevates only necromancers to lichdom, but rumors speak of the occasional mage, shaman, or Death Knight who also attains this status. Some tales imply that a spellcaster with enough personal and magical strength can willingly turn himself into a lich, but these reports are unsubstantiated. Some powerful necromancers can temporarily transform themselves into a lich.[3][4][2]

Following the defeat of the Burning Legion at Mount Hyjal and the weakening of the Lich King's hold over the Scourge, a few liches, such as Ras Splinterspine and Morbent Fell, chose to serve the Burning Legion and sided with the dreadlord Balnazzar during the uprising of Sylvanas Windrunner.

Every lich has a physical amulet, phylactery, that contains its soul. As long as a lich's phylactery remains intact and undamaged, the lich will eventually regenerate its body and return to undeath. It's unclear if the mechanics of phylacteries are common knowledge; if they aren't, then liches thought dead may still return.

A lesser type of lich may be known as a lichling. Although, lichlings may just be minions or spawn of liches. Many Highborne Lichlings — who are wraiths — can be found in Azshara.

Rogue LichesEdit

The rogue liches walk Kalimdor with no intention of raising an army as when they were under the command of the Legion. Even a single undead draws attention; putting together a large group will surely get the local populace upset. Instead, these liches harbor a single, driving goal; revenge. They seek out those who helped bring about their downfall, first destroying all that they held dear and then bringing ultimate retribution upon the target. [5]

Human lichEdit

Human necromancers are the most likely candidates for liches. Chilling mist billows from this skeletal figure. It floats in a cloud of mist, and black robes flow from its evil form. These liches are evil, cunning and loyal to the Lich King. They serve as generals of armies and as advisors to other powerful members of the Scourge. These liches are somewhat inexperienced and probably new to undead existence, but they are filled with power and arrogance. Liches prefer to have hordes of undead minions surrounding them. These lesser undead creatures protect the lich while he casts spells from a distance. Liches have no qualms about fleeing if the situation warrants.[6]

Notable Edit

Name Role Allegiance Condition Magical Field
Combat 15 [??+] IconSmall Kel'Thuzad Kel'Thuzad Prime Servant of the Lich King and majordomo of King Arthas and First of the Necromancers Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost Ability creature cursed 03Shadow IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy APB Warlock DemonologyDemonic
Combat 15 [??+] IconSmall Lich Female Lady Deathwhisper Supreme Overseer of the Cult of the Damned Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost Ability creature cursed 03Shadow IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
WC3RoC logo 16x32 IconSmall Lich Male Rage Winterchill Fought for Archimonde at Mount Hyjal Burning Legion Dead IconSmall Frost RuneFrost IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy APB Warlock DemonologyDemonic
WC3RoC logo 16x32 IconSmall Lich Male Ras Splinterspine Fought against rebel undead during the siege of Lordaeron. Burning Legion Dead IconSmall Frost RuneFrost IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
WC3RoC logo 16x32 IconSmall Lich Male Morbent Fell Fought the side of Balnazzar during the siege of Lordaeron. Burning Legion Dead IconSmall Frost RuneFrost IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [34+] IconSmall Lich Male Scorn Scourge Invasion mob in the Scarlet Monastery, Tirisfal Glades Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost Ability creature cursed 03Shadow
Combat 15 [37+] IconSmall Lich Male Amnennar the Coldbringer Rules Razorfen Downs, Barrens Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [62+] IconSmall Lich Male Ras Frostwhisper Overseer of the Scholomance, Western Plaguelands Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost
Combat 15 [60+] IconSmall Lich Male Balzaphon Scourge Invasion mob in Stratholme, Eastern Plaguelands Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost
Combat 15 [61+] IconSmall Lich Male Araj the Summoner Commands Scourge forces in Andorhal, Western Plaguelands Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost IconSmall Unholy RuneUnholy
Combat 15 [69+] IconSmall Lich Male Naberius Found in Chapel Yard, Netherstorm self Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost
Combat 15 [72] IconSmall Lich Male Lich-Lord Chillwinter Found in Talramas, Borean Tundra Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost
Combat 15 [72] IconSmall Lich Male Tanathal Prisoner of Thassarian in the Wailing Ziggurat, Borean Tundra Scourge Alive IconSmall Frost RuneFrost
Combat 15 [73+] IconSmall Lich Male Thel'zan the Duskbringer Found in Wintergarde Mausoleum, Dragonblight Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost
Combat 15 [76] IconSmall Lich Male Novos the Summoner Commands Scourge in Drak'Tharon Keep, Grizzly Hills Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost Spell arcane blastArcane
Combat 15 [77] IconSmall Lich Male Artruis the Heartless Commands Scourge at The Sundered Shard, Sholazar Basin Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost
Neutral 15 [80] IconSmall Lich Male Amal'thazad Death knight trainer in Acherus, Scarlet Enclave Knights of the Ebon Blade Alive IconSmall Frost RuneFrost
Official horde mini-icon [53] IconSmall Undead Male Gunther Arcanus Forsaken quest giver found at Gunther's Retreat, Tirisfal Glades Forsaken Alive Unknow
Combat 15 [80] IconSmall Lich Male Master Summoner Zarod Oversees the assembling of constructs in the Fleshwerks, Icecrown Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost Ability creature cursed 03Shadow
Combat 15 [80] IconSmall Lich Male Thexal Deathchill Wanders Corp'rethar: The Horror Gate, Icecrown Scourge Killable IconSmall Frost RuneFrost Ability creature cursed 03Shadow
IconSmall Lich Male Kirkessen the Zealous Led the Siege of the Sanguine against the Light's Hope Chapel Scourge Incorporeal

Other liches Edit

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Artwork of a lich from Manual of Monsters.

Abrakkar the Wretched, Ordin Frostbane, Kali'naj Dethknell, Din Frostfire, Naze the Eternal, Calis Wraithson, Coldreaver, Cho'Nammoth, Kryptikk Soulslayer, Rak Coldskull, Venim Iceblade, Alandil Lieng, Ra'Sal.

NoteEdit

"Lich" is an acquired template in the Warcraft RPG and World of Warcraft RPG.

Media Edit

Video Edit

WoW Pro Lore Episode 22 The Birth of the Lich King(02:29)
The first of the Lich King's liches

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