The Lich-Lords were a group of liches who ruled over the Wesfolk.
|Rise, my soldiers of darkness, the world will be ours once more!|
|—The Lich-Lord Lenvan is released from his prison.|
The Lich-Lords were a ruling class of liches who controlled the Wesfolk. While on the Old Continent, the Wesfolk spent many generations learning the dark arts of necromancy. Motivated by their desire for immortality, the elite of the Wesfolk became Lich-Lords upon death, while the lesser Wesfolk became their undead servants. They also had possession of a valuable artifact, the Ruby of Fire.
The Lich-Lords lost the Wesfolk a war on the Old Continent, and a contingent of Wesfolk refugees led by the Lich-Lord Lenvan fled east to the Green Isle. Upon their arrival, they encountered Haldric's people, resulting in the first Wesfolk War. Though the Lich-Lords' necromancy gave the Wesfolk an advantage, the war turned against them when Haldric's people succesfully utilized mages for the first time, petrifying the Lich-Lord Caror in stone along with the Book of Fire and Darkness. Also during the war, Lenvan was magically sealed within a temple's catacombs. The war ended in defeat for the Lich-Lords, and the Wesfolk withdrew to their capital, Jevyan's Haven, named after the Lich-Lord Jevyan.
The Lich-Lords took on the sorcerer Malifor as a pupil, who subsequently learned the arts of necromancy. During the second Wesfolk War, the Lich-Lords became desperate enough to open gateways to the old continent, allowing orcs to invade the Green Isle. Malifor was disloyal to the Lich-Lords, however, and fled with the Wesfolk. Some time after reaching the Great Continent, he became a lich himself. Jevyan began to conquer the Green Isle, but upon discovering that Prince Haldric had obtained the Ruby of Fire, followed the humans to the Great Continent. There he was defeated in combat by the human refugees.
Though the national identity of the Wesfolk eventually disappeared with the founding of the Kingdom of Wesnoth, the legacy of the Lich-Lords did not. Ardonna, a pupil on the Isle of Alduin, sought to replicate the Lich-Lords dark arts, eventually becoming a lich herself. Her former headmaster, Aimucasur, in spite of his initial hostility to necromancy, also transformed into a lich, taking on the title of Lich-Lord and resided in the Swamp of Dread.
- The Oldwood, The Rise of Wesnoth
- A Final Spring, The Rise of Wesnoth
- Return to Oldwood, The Rise of Wesnoth
- Meeting of the Minds, Secrets of the Ancients
- A Summer of Storms, The Rise of Wesnoth
- Clearwater Port, The Rise of Wesnoth
- The Pursuit, Northern Rebirth
- The Vanguard, The Rise of Wesnoth
- The Rise of Wesnoth, The Rise of Wesnoth
- Epilogue, The Rise of Wesnoth
- Slipping Away, Secrets of the Ancients
- Mortality, Secrets of the Ancients
- Swamp of Dread, Heir to the Throne