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    Default Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    Elder Lich

    Requirements:
    Template: Lich, Good Lich, or Lich Transformation class ability
    Skills: Know Arcane/Religion/Planes (pick two) - 23 ranks; Spellcraft - 23 ranks
    Spellcasting: Capable of casting epic spells
    Feats: Greater Spell Focus (Necromancy)
    Other: Must have traveled to the Astral Plane

    HD: d12

    Skills: The elder lich’s class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Concentration (Con), Craft (Int), Decipher Script (Int), Knowledge (all skills, taken individually) (Int), Profession (Wis), and Spellcraft (Int).

    Skill Points: 2 + Int Modifier

    {table=head]Level|Special

    1st|Continued Spellcasting; Innate Magic

    2nd|Bulwark of Undeath (Turning)

    3rd|Bonus Feat

    4th|Bulwark of Undeath (Epic)

    5th|Timeless Touch

    6th|Bonus Feat

    7th|Bulwark of Undeath (Resistance)

    8th|Bulwark of Undeath (Epic and Bludgeoning)

    9th|-

    10th|Demilich Transformation[/table]

    Elder Lich Travels: As part of advancing through the elder lich epic prestige class, the elder lich must make a trip to the Astral Plane for 1d12 months of study before it can take another level of this class.

    Continued Spellcasting: The elder lich gains new spells per day (and spells known, if applicable) as if he or she had also gained a level in a spellcasting class to which he or she belonged before adding the prestige class level. If already an epic spellcaster, the character gains only the benefit noted under the Spells entry for that epic class. He or she does not, however, gain any other benefit a character of that class would have gained. If the character had more than one spellcasting class before becoming an elder lich, the player must decide to which class to add the new level for the purpose of determining spells per day.

    Innate Magic: At each level, choose on of the Demilich's at will abilities; the elder lich may use that spell-like ability twice per day. Choosing summon monster uses the seventh level version, summon monster VII.

    Bulwark of Undeath (Turning): Add twice the elder lich's class levels to its turn resistance.

    Bulwark of Undeath (Epic): The elder lich's damage reduction of 15/magic and bludgeoning becomes 15/epic.

    Timeless Touch: The elder lich's touch attack deals 1d6+2 damage per class level.

    Bulwark of Undeath (Resistance): The elder lich gains resistance to acid, fire, and sonic equal to twice its class level.

    Bulwark of Undeath (Epic and Bludgeoning): The elder lich's damage reduction of 15/epic becomes 15/epic and bludgeoning.

    Demilich Transformation: At tenth level, the elder lich's skeletal form erodes away to the distinct form of a demilich (typically a jewel-beset skull). All class features before this point are incorporated into the template and do not stack. It assumes to level adjustment and acquires its soul gems without expending XP or gp.

    Bonus Feats*:
    Automatic Quicken Spell, Automatic Silent Spell, Automatic Still Spell, Epic Spell Focus, Epic Spell Penetration, Epic Spellcasting, Familiar Spell, Ignore Material Components, Improved Combat Casting, Improved Spell Capacity, Permanent Emanation, Multispell, Negative Energy Burst, Spectral Strike, Spell Stowaway, Spell Opportunity, Tenacious Magic, Undead Mastery, Zone of Animation.

    *=Characters who have benefited from the Advanced Learning class ability may choose to substitute another instance of that class ability instead of taking a new feat. This applies to any similar ability, at the DM's discretion.

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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    [QUOTE=Maerok;3265524]Elder Lich



    Elder Lich Travels: As part of advancing through the elder lich epic prestige class, the elder lich must make a trip to the Astral Plane for 1d12 months of study before it can take another level of this class.

    [/Qoute]


    Shouldn't that be marked somewhere on the chart? And is that for Every level? Or just certain benchmark levels?

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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    It is listed as the Paladin multiclass rules and some classes' conduct of conduct rules are; typically they are listed first or last under class features but don't seem to be added into the tables IIRC.

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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    what book is a demilich in?

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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    No love for the Dry Lich?

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    Why the change to the Elder liches DR? Why include another thing that can get around their DR?
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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    it makes them harder to hurt. if someone has an epic slashing weapon, it wont get through DR. if they have a regular bludgeoning weapon, it wont get through DR either

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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    Quote Originally Posted by Frozen View Post
    what book is a demilich in?
    Epic Level

    Quite honestly, I think this class is too sudden. The lich's DR gradually gets to demilich levels, but nothing else seems to note the lich's gradual transformation. I think there should be several points at which the lich decreases in size (because his body is eroding away), for starters.
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    Mewtarthio, you have scared my brain into hiding, a trembling, broken shadow of a thing, cowering somewhere in the soothing darkness and singing nursery rhymes in the hope of obscuring the Lovecraftian facts you so boldly brought into daylight.

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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    I've looked up the issue of epic dread necromancer advancements that end in demilichdom, and the most agreeable solution seemed to be a 10-class epic prestige class.

    Mewtarthio brings up a good point about the size. But I had tried to make the prestige class be gradual, increasing the following demilich traits linearly:
    -Turning resistance
    -Energy resistance
    -Improved touch attack damage
    -Spell-like abilities
    Most of these are equal to the class levels x some number (which changes dynamically as the elder lich levels). In addition to gradual size, perhaps I could add in that the lich must craft a soul gem every two levels and then a final one (for a total of size, IIRC) to complete the transformation, but with no XP cost, though gp might be moot at some point along the line. I did nod to the flavor text of the demilich, which isn't in the SRD but the book, where its trips to the Astral Plane and beyond for knowledge, and its long existence have worn down its body into almost nothing.

    I could also grant all the abilities at the first level, so you don't have so large a jump when you gain new abilities at the later levels; they all start out relatively weak in comparison and develop at similar rates.

    And maybe there should be a Dry Demilich, but I was only targeting the traditional lich. I believe the two variants would produce different demiliches.
    Last edited by Maerok; 2007-09-30 at 03:25 PM.

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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    Clarification: is the touch damage 1d6 damage, +2 per class level (1d6+20 at level 10) or 1d6+2, per class level (10d6+20 at level 10)?

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    Default Re: Elder Lich [Epic Prestige Class]

    (1d6+2)/level -> 10d6+20 (as a demilich would do)

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