It’s a lich convention!
I knew of this book from a posting earlier this year, but some of these photos are new to me. These warm my Clark Ashton Smith-loving heart.
“Are you interested in seeing a dilapidated old church in the forest with a skeleton standing there covered in jewels and holding a cup of blood in his left hand like he’s offering you a toast?”
Against all reason and common sense, I would definitely go see a church filled with these amazing relics. I guess I am an adventurer at heart. Hope I have enough hit points.
“In other cases, leads—which he gathered through traveler’s accounts, parish archives and even Protestant writings about the Catholic “necromancers”—did pan out. He found one skeleton in the back of a parking-garage storage unit in Switzerland. Another had been wrapped in cloth and stuck in a box in a German church, likely untouched for 200 years.”
I am definitely in the wrong line of work.
“Accomplishing that was no small task. Nearly all the skeletons he visited and uncovered were still in their original 400-year-old glass tombs.”
Which explains why all Europe isn’t a necropolis.
“When he returned to that original German village several years later, for example, he found that a salvage company had torn down the forest church. Beyond that, none of the villagers could tell him what had happened to its contents, or to the body.”
The hand of the Bavarian Illuminati is clearly seen here.
There are so many ways to use this for role playing games.
1) Several of the most powerful liches in the world gathered together for a great ritual. Unbeknownst to them it was a trap set by the unlikely alliance of Loki and Balder. They were all imprisoned in crystal coffins and hidden away, but now shadowy forces are trying to release them.
2) The Thule Society backed by the SS are collecting these relics from forgotten corners of Germany. The OSS isn’t sure what their plan is, but three psychics have gone mad since the first reports came in. The allies are sending in a commando squad to find out what is going on and stop it.
3) To celebrate 50 years of peace the royalty of the 12 Kingdoms came together for a great banquet. An evil witch cast a terrible spell, trapping their souls and corrupting their lands. The kingdoms will remain haunted lands until the Divine Right of Rulership is released from the corpses imprisoned in their glass chambers.
4) The first expedition to Regulus VI has found something unusual, a crypt filled with jeweled skeletons. The ruins above bear no resemblance to Earth architecture, but these venerated relics are disturbingly human in form.
5) The year is 1968. In an attempt to improve relations with the west, the East German government has allowed a fantastic exhibition of these Catholic relics to visit Paris, London, and Washington DC. Western agents uncover a plot to sabotage the exhibit, but are surprised to find KGB agents behind the plot.
6) The end times are drawing near and demons are slipping into our world, sowing chaos and pain in their wake. After rescuing the skeleton of an ancient martyr an archeologist finds herself granted with divine grace, power enough to fight back. Now she is in a race to rescue more of the martyr’s skeletons as well as others worthy to bear their holy gifts.
How would you use these macabre marvels?