Monday, September 12, 2011
How to Become a Lich (3E)
The ritual requires the following, done exactly as described with no deviations thereto, or else the end of the process will certainly be irrevocable death.
*In order to undertake this process, you must have a base Spellcraft skill of Rank 10—otherwise, your knowledge is insufficient to understand the complexities of the process.
A potion must be created according to the following recipe:
-The container for the potion must be a flask of pure crystal worth no less than 1,000 gold pieces because of its clarity and resonance.
-All steps of potion production must take place in the open air, under the light of the moon. If at any time during the steps outlined below, the moon is completely obscured (or new), the process is a failure and must be started again from the beginning.
-If a step of the potion production is failed, the crystal flask must be washed thoroughly and left to dry in the air for a full day before it can be attempted again.
-The base for the potion is formed from the bile of a newborn mammal, taken within twenty-four hours of its birth.
-This must be mixed immediately with a crushed preparation of wolfsbane and mandrake root equal to one of each plant and brewed for one hour (Alchemy check of 15 or the process fails).
-The resulting concoction is stable for up to six months, as long as it is kept sealed during this time.
-To the mixture, you must add blood squeezed from the heart cut from a living being of your own species who cannot be of an evil alignment. (Alchemy check of 10 to avoid failure) This concoction must mellow for one full day before the process can continue, but after it has mellowed it will remain stable for one full month. The necromantic spell Gentle Repose must be cast on the corpse of this victim within one minute of its death in order for it to be viable for later stages of the ritual.
-You must cast the spell Contagion on the potion, imbuing it with the essence of the Devil Chills. This imbuing will last three days before going sour and ruining the potion.
-THE FOLLOWING FINAL STEPS CAN ONLY BE TAKEN UNDER A FULL MOON: Before the Gentle Repose spell has worn off the victim, you must cast (by whatever means necessary) a Raise Dead spell (NOT Resurrection, which will ruin the process) on him or her, and then cast the spell Magic Jar on the victim, trapping your soul within a gem worth not less than 10,000 gold pieces while you inhabit the victim’s body and take control of it.
-While controlling the body of your victim, you must prepare a ritual knife made of polished and sharpened silver worth no less than 1,000 gold pieces and inscribed with your arcane mark, cutting your original body so that a thimble-full of your blood can be added to the potion (Alchemy 10).
-At this stage, you must be sure to place the gem in which your soul is housed within a coffer or other container made only of metal worth at least 10,000 gold pieces. This container must be locked by a key placed on the person of your original body during the rest of this process, in contact with the skin. A Globe of Invulnerability must be placed on the container that will endure through the remainder of this process.
-You must pour the entirety of the potion into the mouth of your original body, which will kill it unless you succeed on a Fortitude save of 15. If you succeed on the saving throw, the process continues and your body passes within a hair’s-breadth of death. While it hovers there (only for a few moments, before it will certainly die), you must kill yourself (your host body) by cutting your own throat with the ritual knife, standing over your original body so that your shed blood flows over it. No more than three days later, you will rise to life again in your original body, your soul separated from your body and protected within the gem in the container. As long as the gem remains intact, you cannot die from any cause—if your body is destroyed, you will rise again in no more than a fortnight.