Tomb of Horrors
Demilich and creater of the Tomb of Horrors
The Tomb of Horrors is the legendary dungeon created by the demilich Acererack – a being of absolute evil and unlimited ambition. The terrible traps and ferocious guardians of the tomb have claimed the lives of thousands of avaricious adventurers seeking Acererak’s legendary wealth – and feeding the dimilich with their souls. Over time, necromancers were drawn to worship Acererack, founding a settlement around the remote hillside in which the tomb was hidden. In this Skull City, they forged a school of dark magic they called the Black Academy, teaching evil rites designed to gain Acererak’s favor. The masters of the Black Academy allowed adventurers free access to the Tomb of Horrors’ deadly halls, knowing that each soul they sent to its shrieking end there increased their master’s power. Using the eldritch soul-power of adventurers slain in the tomb, Acererak constructed a hidden sanctum – the Fortress of Conclusion, held in an extradimensional space of pure necrotic essence deep in the Shadowfell. There the demilich planned to control the power of undeath, undergoing an apotheosis that would grant him godlike power and let him rule the mortal realm – as a precursor to his ascension to godhood.