Crypt of Acererak the Demilich

A pile of gems, coins, vials, scrolls, and other items lies immediately inside the door of this mithral vault, but against the rune-scribed far wall is a stone bier. On the bier is a thick layer of dust mixed with bone shards and a gem-encrusted skull.

Here lingers the demilich Acererak . . . or so it would seem. Most adventurers who reach this “true” crypt die screaming, thinking their souls are being plucked forth by Acererak himself. In truth, the skull described in the mithral vault, while potent and likely ultimately lethal to the PCs, is a construct created by the real demilich, designed to facilitate his elaborate, ages-long plot. The real demilich resides in his Fortress of Conclusion in the Negative Energy Plane, seeking to merge his consciousness with the fabric of negative energy itself, and so undergo a terrible apotheosis . . . but that is a story for another adventure (as recounted in Return to the Tomb of Horrors).

Creature:Acererak left behind the dust of his bones and a potent demilich-like construct resting in the far recesses of the vault. If the treasure in the crypt is touched, the dust swirls into the air and forms a manlike shape. In previous decades, the form, while seeming to threaten, couldn’t hurt intruders unless they interacted with it. But no more—now the form is a fully empowered ghost that immediately attacks characters who try to take the treasure. p. Worse is the demilich construct, in the form of the jeweled skull (show graphic #33A if PCs study the skull or if it attacks). In prior decades, the skull was content to wait until touched; however, if any creature touches the treasure or the skull itself, it attacks with its soul suck power immediately, until it va n quishes all foes. Ghost (5th-Level Human Fighter): hp 32;Demilich Construct

Crypt of Acererak the Demilich

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