"Despite their names"?
The names are pretty close to exactly what you'd expect: floating, armoured skulls. That's what liches are. BTW, there needs to be a spelling check on this one. I think the one in-game is w/the 'e'. 126.96.36.199 21:31, 18 October 2013 (UTC)
- Um, you don't need permission to correct spelling on an open-content site. :> The name thing may be generational; see Lich (Dungeons & Dragons). Ryan W 01:08, 19 October 2013 (UTC)
- I'm not sure in which dictionary you found that the description of "lich" was "floating, armored skull". Etymologically, a lich (or lych) is just a corpse. See lychgate. The term was popularized by Clark Ashton Smith in 1932, though he used it as a synonym for "corpse" (reanimated or not). The more modern notion of an undead spellcaster originates from the 1976 D&D sourcebook, Eldritch Wizardry. The notion of a lich as merely a skull comes from the D&D monster called, for some reason, a demilich. Not sure what's demi about them; they're liches so old that their body has decayed so completely only a part of the skull remains. They aren't armored, either, nor are they huge constructs of metal. --Gez 13:33, 19 October 2013 (UTC)