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Rich Lich

Medium undead, any evil alignment

Armor Class 17 (natural armor)
Hit Points 110 (20d8 + 20)
Speed 30 ft.

Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha
12 (+1) 18 (+4) 12 (+1) 19 (+4) 16 (+3) 16 (+3)

Saving Throws Con +7, Int +10, Wis +9
Skills Arcana +10, History +10, Insight +9, Perception +9
Damage Resistances cold, lightning, necrotic
Damage Immunities poison; bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing from nonmagical weapons
Condition Immunities charmed, exhaustion, frightened, paralyzed, poisoned
Senses truesight 120 ft., passive Perception 19
Languages Common and six others
Challenge 17 (18,000 XP)

Special Traits


  • Rod of Indulgence. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (2d6 + 1) bludgeoning damage plus 9 (2d8) necrotic damage.

Legendary Actions

Can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action can be used at a time, and only at the end of another creature’s turn. Spent legendary actions are regained at the start of each turn.

  • Cantrip. The lich casts a cantrip.
  • Gaze of Hunger (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 take 13 (3d8) necrotic damage, or half damage on a save. If a target saves or the effect ends for it, the target is immune to the lich’s gaze for the next 24 hours.
  • Misty Step (Costs 2 Actions). The lich vanishes in a mist and reappears nearby.


A group of wealthy nobles sits down for a lavish dinner. The dinner guests are not aware that their host is actually a monster. He appears to be a wealthy old wizard, but in truth he is a repulsive undead creature. The rich lich lives two lives and is preoccupied with fame and fortune. They often conceal their true identity by magical means. Sometimes they will wear a mask and other vestments to hide their undead form.

Wealthy Wizard. The wealthy monster hosts parties and takes advantage of those obsessed with gluttony. This gives him an opportunity to recruit new minions or influence the political realm.

Dark Secret. These liches live in wealthy areas amongst the upper class. They are active members of their community; however, nobody knows their true identity.

Mysterious Manors. Behind the walls of the manors or castles belonging to these monsters hide numerous horrors. Undead minions and secret chambers can be found in the strange buildings.

Undead Nature. A lich doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Monsters of the City Sins and Virtues A Collection of Monsters for 5th Edition © 2020 Cawood Publishing. Author: Andrew Cawood