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December 27, 2007

Lich Death-Masks

Filed under: Cthulhu, Undead — tb @ 5:08 pm

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I always envisioned Liches as condescending, oozing with contempt for the living and overly vain.  That said, I was never a fan of the “I’m a skeleton/zombie in robes” Liches of the old D&D days.  These things have more respect for themselves and are far to concerned with their perceived importance in the world to let their faces reflect their inner corruption.  Hence, the death-masks…A sad attempt for these horrible undead to hold on to some semblance of their humanity.

I’m planning on revisiting the humanoid mask idea in the current Lovecraft monster idea I’m working on.  The beast’s followers, in a desperate attempt to understand and connect with the thing, forged masks, jewelry and other items for their perverse god..Sort of a reversal of the traditional “god creating in his image” story.

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3 Comments »

  1. Great Skills !!!

    Comment by Mig-L — September 25, 2008 @ 4:10 am
  2. This is very cool Babb-choan, very cool.

    Comment by -the duke — December 19, 2008 @ 7:14 pm
  3. Excellent concept images! Although I don’t necessarily feel that liches would need to bother with their appearances overly much, it really does come down to the individual. In D@D, vampires and liches are deemed intelligent undead- they have unique personalities and customs based in equal parts on the soecieties they stem from, and their individual tastes. And next to contempt, which comes through in your sketches beautifully, these beings, for all their elegance, are almost… soulless.

    And that is excellent, because in this case it’s a zest for life that is missing- the trade off for immortality, perhaps.

    Comment by Greg — December 3, 2009 @ 9:12 am

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