Various works of fantasy fiction, such as Clark Ashton Smith's "Empire of the Necromancers", had used lich as a general term for any corpse, animated or inanimate, before the term's specific use in fantasy role-playing games.The more recent use of the term lich for a specific type of undead creature originates from the 1976 Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game booklet Greyhawk, written by Gary Gygax and Rob Kuntz.Through investigation and flashbacks, the reader finds that Frayser becomes possessed by Myron Bayne, a distant ancestor, who senses that a lich named Catharine Larue has risen from her grave to kill Frayser.
Unlike zombies which are often depicted as mindless, part of a hivemind, or under the control of another, a lich retains revenant-like independent thought and is usually at least as intelligent as it was prior to its transformation.In some works of fiction, such as Dungeons and Dragons, liches can be distinguished from other undead by their phylactery, an item of the lich's choosing into which they imbue their soul, giving them immortality until the phylactery is destroyed.In the game Dota 2, Lich is one of the playable heroes.In the Dungeons & Dragons game (and other works of fantasy fiction that draw upon Dungeons & Dragons for inspiration) a lich is often a spellcaster or someone assisted by a spellcaster who seeks to defy death by magical means.He sent me these 2 tracks in mid 2007 and we have decided to share them free on our site.
William is planning to complete the debut Lich release for Record Label Records in the near future.
Whereas in general the spirit that removed cometh back upon occasion, and is sometimes seen of those in flesh (appearing in the form of the body it bore) yet it hath happened that the veritable body without the spirit hath walked.
And it is attested of those encountering who have lived to speak thereon that a lich so raised up hath no natural affection, nor remembrance thereof, but only hate.
The term lich, used as an archaic word for corpse (or body), is commonly used in these stories. An earlier mention of the lich can be found in "The Death of Halpin Frayser", a short story by Ambrose Bierce.
Halpin Frayser is found dead with a poem written in the style of Myron Bayne, his maternal great-grandfather.
These particular tracks were not under his normal moniker Wisp, he was producing them under an obscure RPG themed creature psuedonym ‘Lich’.