The BBEG Who Never Got to Be – Disciple of Atropus (Lich Form)

Disciple of Atropus (Lich Form)

Medium undead, any evil alignment

Armor Class

22 (natural armor)

Hit Points

262 (35d8 + 105)


30 ft., swim 10 ft.


15 (+2)


18 (+4)


17 (+3)


25 (+7)


20 (+5)


22 (+6)

Saving Throws

Con +10, Int +14, Wis +12


Arcana +21, Deception +13, History +14, Insight +12, Medicine +19, Perception +12, Performance +20, Persuasion +20, Survival +19

Damage Resistances

acid, cold, lightning, necrotic, psychic

Damage Immunities

piercing, poison; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons

Condition Immunities

charmed, exhaustion, frightened, incapacitated, paralyzed, petrified, poisoned, prone


blindsight 30 ft., darkvision 60 ft., truesight 120 ft., passive Perception 22


All, telepathy 50 ft.


21 (33,000 XP)

Legendary Resistance (3/day).

If the Disciple of Atropus fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.


If it has a phylactery, a destroyed lich gains a new body in 1d10 days, regaining all its hit points and becoming active again. The new body appears within 5 feet of the phylactery.


The lich is an 18th-level spellcaster. Its spellcasting ability is Intelligence (spell save DC 22, +14 to hit with spell attacks). The lich has the following wizard spells prepared:

Cantrips (at will): mage hand, prestidigitation, ray of frost 1st level (4 slots): detect magic, magic missile, shield, thunderwave 2nd level (3 slots): detect thoughts, invisibility, Melf’s acid arrow, mirror image 3rd level (3 slots): animate dead, counterspell, dispel magic, fireball 4th level (3 slots): blight, dimension door 5th level (3 slots): cloudkill, scrying 6th level (1 slot): disintegrate, globe of invulnerability 7th level (1 slot): finger of death, plane shift 8th level (1 slot): dominate monster, power word stun 9th level (1 slot): power word kill

In addition she may cast from her earned levels:
Bard and Wizard Spell Slots From Levels1st – 42nd – 33rd – 34th – 35th – 36th – 27th – 28th – 19th – 1

Additional Magical Secrets
You can add two additional spells from any class list as bard spells to your known spells.
True Strike(Cantrip)Animate Dead(3rd)

Turn Resistance.

The lich has advantage on saving throws against any effect that turns undead.


The Disciple of Atropus is immune to any effect that would sense its emotions or read its thoughts, as well as any divination spell that it refuses. Wisdom (Insight) checks made to ascertain the Disciple of Atropus intentions or sincerity have disadvantage.

Necrotic Absorption.

Whenever the Disciple of Atropus is subjected to damage, it takes no damage and instead regains a number of hit points equal to the 1/4 the damage dealt.

Her Highness.

Thanks to your noble birth, people are inclined to think the best of you. You are welcome in high society, and people assume you have the right to be wherever you are. The common folk make every effort to accommodate you and avoid your displeasure, and other people of high birth treat you as a member of the same social sphere. You can secure an audience with a local noble if you need to.

Bardic Inspiration.

ou can inspire others through stirring words or music. To do so, you use a bonus action on your turn to choose one creature other than yourself within 60 feet of you who can hear you. That creature gains one Bardic Inspiration die, a d6.

Once within the next 10 minutes, the creature can roll the die and add the number rolled to one ability check, attack roll, or saving throw it makes. The creature can wait until after it rolls the d20 before deciding to use the Bardic Inspiration die, but must decide before the DM says whether the roll succeeds or fails. Once the Bardic Inspiration die is rolled, it is lost. A creature can have only one Bardic Inspiration die at a time.

You can use this feature a number of times equal to your Charisma modifier (a minimum of once). You regain any expended uses when you finish a long rest.
Your Bardic Inspiration die changes when you reach certain levels in this class. The die becomes a d8 at 5th level, a d10 at 10th level, and a d12 at 15th level.

Jack of All Trades.

Starting at 2nd level, you can add half your proficiency bonus, rounded down, to any ability check you make that doesn’t already include your proficiency bonus

Song of Rest.

Beginning at 2nd level, you can use soothing music or oration to help revitalize your wounded allies during a short rest. If you or any friendly creatures who can hear your performance regain hit points at the end of the short rest by spending one or more Hit Dice, each of those creatures regains an extra 1d6 hit points.
The extra hit points increase when you reach certain levels in this class: to 1d8 at 9th level, to 1d10 at 13th level, and to 1d12 at 17th level.

Font of Inspiration.

You regain all of your expended uses of Bardic Inspiration when you finish a short or long rest.


As an action, you can perform until the end of your next turn. During that time, you and any friendly creatures within 30 ft. that can hear you gain advantage on saving throws against being frightened or charmed.

Arcane Recovery.

You have learned to regain some of your magical energy by studying your spellbook. Once per day when you finish a short rest, you can choose expended spell slots to recover. The spell slots can have a combined level that is equal to or less than half your wizard level (rounded up), and none of the slots can be 6th level or higher.

For example, if you’re a 4th-level wizard, you can recover up to two levels worth of spell slots. You can recover either a 2nd-level spell slot or two 1st-level spell slots.

Awakened Spellbook.

Using specially prepared inks and ancient incantations passed down by your wizardly order, you have awakened an arcane sentience within your spellbook.
While you are holding the book, it grants you the following benefits:
You can use the book as a spellcasting focus for your wizard spells.When you cast a wizard spell with a spell slot, you can temporarily replace its damage type with the damage type of another spell in your spellbook, as your spellbook magically alters the spell’s formula for this casting.When you cast a wizard spell as a ritual, you can use the spell’s normal casting time, rather than adding 10 minutes to it. Once you use this benefit, you can’t do so again until you finish a long rest.

Manifest Mind.

You are now able to conjure forth the mind of your Awakened Spellbook. As a bonus action while the book is on your person, you can cause the mind to manifest as a Tiny spectral construct, hovering in an unoccupied space of your choice within 60 feet of you. This presence is intangible and doesn’t occupy its space, and it sheds dim light in a 10-foot radius. It looks like a ghostly tome, a cascade of text, or a scholar from the past (your choice). The spectral mind has a number of hit points equal to your wizard level plus your Intelligence modifier, and it uses your Armor Class and saving throw modifiers.

While manifested, the spectral mind can hear and see, and it has darkvision with a range of 60 feet. As an action, you can hear and see using the its senses, instead of your own, until your concentration ends (as if concentrating on a spell).

Whenever you cast a wizard spell on your turn, you can cast it as if you were in the spectral mind’s space, instead of your own, using its senses. You can do so a number of times per day equal to your proficiency bonus, and you regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest. As a bonus action, you can cause the spectral mind to hover up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that you or it can see. It can pass through creatures but not objects. The spectral mind stops manifesting if it is ever more than 300 feet away from you, if it drops to 0 hit points, if you die, or if you dismiss it as a bonus action.

One with the Word.

Your connection to your Awakened Spellbook has become so profound that your soul has become entwined with it. While you are holding the book and its spectral mind is manifest, you can take an action to cause the two of you to teleport, swapping places. You can teleport in this way a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus, and you regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

Moreover, if you die but at least one spell remains in your Awakened Spellbook, you can return to life 1 minute later within 5 feet of the book. You revive with 1 hit point. Then roll 3d6. The book loses spells of your choice that have a combined spell level equal to that roll or higher. For example, if the roll’s total is 9, spells vanish from the book that have a combined level of at least 9, which could mean one 9th-level spell, three 3rd-level spells, or some other combination.
Thereafter, you are incapable of casting the lost spells, even if you find them on a scroll or in another spellbook. The only way to restore your ability to cast one of the lost spells is through the wish spell, which can restore one spell to the book per casting.


Your CHA is increased by 1. You can speak telepathically to any creature you can see within 30 ft. in a language you know, and the creature understands you only if it knows that language. Your communication doesn’t give the creature the ability to respond telepathically.
If your Psionic Talent die is available, you can cast the detect thoughts spell using Charisma as your spellcasting ability, and requiring no components. When you start casting the spell your Psionic Talent die decreases by one die size.
Detect Thoughts(2nd)


Paralyzing Touch.

Melee Spell Attack: +12 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 10 (3d6) cold damage. The target must succeed on a DC 18 Constitution saving throw or be paralyzed for 1 minute. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

Shadow Stealth.

While in dim light or darkness, the Disciple of Atropus can take the Hide action as a bonus action.


Cutting Words.

As a reaction when a creature (that’s not immune to being charmed) you can see within 60 ft. makes an attack roll, ability check, or damage roll, you can expend one use of Bardic Inspiration, roll the die, and subtract the number from the creature’s roll. You can do so after the roll but before knowing the result.

Fey Ancestry.

Advantage against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep

Legendary Actions

The Disciple of Atropus can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The Disciple of Atropus regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.


The lich casts a cantrip.

Paralyzing Touch (Costs 2 Actions).

The lich uses its Paralyzing Touch.

Frightening Gaze (Costs 2 Actions).

The lich fixes its gaze on one creature it can see within 10 feet of it. The target must succeed on a DC 18 Wisdom saving throw against this magic or become frightened for 1 minute. The frightened target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a target’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the target is immune to the lich’s gaze for the next 24 hours.

Disrupt Life (Costs 3 Actions).

Each living creature within 20 feet of the lich must make a DC 18 Constitution saving throw against this magic, taking 21 (6d6) necrotic damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

Life Drain.

Melee Spell Attack: 14 to hit, reach 80 ft., one creature. Hit: 12D12 + 12 necrotic damage. The target must succeed on a DC 22 Constitution saving throw or its hit point maximum is reduced by an amount equal to the damage taken. This reduction lasts until the creature finishes a long rest. The target dies if this effect reduces its hit point maximum to 0.

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