(The Lich’s Reading Hour by hoot)
The Lich is an avatar of oblivion. Whether he is an actual manifestation, a supernatural entity, or a self-proclaimed ascended mortal is up for debate. Personally, I think it’s all three. The point is, he is a near god-like entity that represents absolute and sterilizing destruction.
The difference between Death and The Lich is that Death is merely the facilitator of a natural process. While he has a distinct personality and is certainly vested in extending his domain, Death does not actively seek the end of all life. The Lich, on the other hand, wants the extinguishment of all life, either in undeath or obliteration. It is not enough for life to die, though; it must be prevented from ever regrowing. Hence, the Lich’s fixation on nuclear waste, plutonium, and other toxic elements that either sterilize or make it so that any life that grows is inherently corrupt and bound in a cycle of entropy towards destruction.
The exact reason for the Lich’s obsession with oblivion is still indeterminate. The latest episodes make it sound as if this omnicidal drive is inherent to the Lich’s being. It is clear that he does not have an average human psychology; either he is insane, transcendent, or both. While he seems to take a certain joy in corruption and death (even his own), he does not seem to particularly delight in prolonged torture or other basic tenets of super-villainy.
Personally, I have two theories concerning the Lich’s motive:
- The dead are temporary. The Lich raises an army of undead, mutants, and other corrupt forms of life to expediate the death and destruction of life. Ideally, when all life is extinguished or converted, and the worlds laid barren and infertile, the Lich will destroy his minions and then himself, perhaps leaving a tiny fragment of his own essence to re-awaken should life ever reappear, or even a force of powerful minions to purge the multiverse every few millenia a la Mass Effect Reapers.
- Undeath is transcendent. In undeath, the Lich sees a higher state of being, a reality not unlike Nirvana. The sterilization of life is ultimately a side-effect of corruption, with the survivors of the corruption being viewed as ‘worthy’ or ‘favored’. The ultimate goal is undeath, where, together with the Lich, the living dead will know neither desire, pain, or want. Mindlesness is a necessity; undead such as vampires and ghosts, which still know mortal desire, have no place at the Lich’s side. When at last all life is either destroyed or converted, the Lich and the undead will ‘ascend’ to oblivion, the final and most complete death of the universe.
Of course this would all be a lot easier to guess at if I didn’t have to WAIT FOR THIS CHARACTER ONCE A SEASON.
Here is a vector Phoenix Force Cyclops I made because I was bored.
This would be my reaction
In his defense, it’s a pretty thoughtful present.
SAW but with that puppet and he mainly interviews you.