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A phylactery was a term for a charm or amulet, or repository used to store small parchments bearing holy scripture or arcane writings.

Lich's phylacteryEdit

A magic phylactery was used to store the souls and life force of liches. A mage had to create such a phylactery in order to become a lich, a highly expensive and taxing effort. Typically, a phylactery was a sealed metal box containing strips of parchment on which arcane phrases were inscribed. However, a phylactery could be any number of things, such as a ring or amulet.[1]

If its physical body was destroyed, a lich could regenerate where its phylactery was located over a matter of days. However, if the phylactery itself was destroyed, then the lich could not regenerate and would remained destroyed.[1] For this reason, liches sought to guard their phylacteries powerfully against any attack.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 168. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.

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