Doctor Crowle Parlow
Crowle Parlow grew up in Sumner during a time of immense stress and anxiety. His nation, Heldrin, in which Sumner was the capital was in a tense cold war with their neighbour to the west Roseport. And to make matters worse, their eternal rivals to the north Aldelgis had been building more army barracks near their shared borders. Including a large gated barracks where the main trade route once stood, officially barring entrance from any outsiders.
This tension is how Parlow would spend his youth, and really his entire life within, it would shape who he would become and eventually fuel his nationalism and addiction to serve his country. Parlow's parents were also extremely patriotic to Heldrin and to the king and pushed Parlow to serve the country in the best way he could. Parlow who was not physically strong would study hard and become intellectually strong, easily outpacing his cohorts in early education. Eventually, this would lead Parlow, aged 18, to enroll in the Royal Willheim Erneis College, a new educational college that had only been open a few years and was dedicated to Heldrin's current king.
And despite being a well-respected, though strict teacher, he would yearn to serve his country more directly and would apply to join to king's Royal Court. At age 42 he would be accepted into the courts as one of a dozen royal sorcerer advisors. Giving advice on all things magic related, including, how to elevate the army's strength using magical means to give them a leg up in their war against Roseport. Parlow revelled in this position, making suggestions at every turn, both grand and small anything he could do to make an impact and serve his country. Anything to defeat Roseport.
Parlow becoming more and more desperate to find a way to serve his nation in his aging body would gather any and all intel on radical forms of magic. Eventually, he would stumble upon an old manuscript, said to have been written by a necromancer a thousand years ago. The manuscript taught the basics of what necromancy was, including the rituals and required components to achieve certain spells. Spells that could allow a mage to commune with the dead, and even raise them as bound slaves.
Delving into Necromancy
Once Parlow began to delve into necromancy, became gaunter and would form extremely sunken eyes. He brushed off those that showed concern saying it was merely a cosmetic affliction.
This spun Parlow's mind into endless thoughts and possibilities, so many things he could achieve for the nation. Being able to speak to a dead soldier or spy of an enemy, forcing them to magical spill their country's secrets. Stitch together and reanimate dying and lost soldiers. And even more so, more radically so, he could potentially raise an entire army of skeletal and undead creatures and march them into battle on the behalf of his king. An army whose resources could not be quelled, soldiers could be endlessly replenished simply by raising them again and again or sourcing them by other means even. They could collect the defeated, grow their army even larger, or just source them from the poor and homeless. Thousands of them died in the city yearly, and could easily be dug up and put to use, it would be their way of repaying society.
Read more about Crowle Parlow’s Journal - Diary of an Aspiring Lich here.
During these twelve years, Parlow would consume any text and teachings of necromancy he could find. He would begin to experiment on himself first. Deadening his limbs on purpose with special necrotic and corrosive tinctures before reviving them using newly researched necromantic spells. Soon he would escalate his research, stealing corpses from nearby cemeteries, and even several dozen fresh corpses of the homeless and the poor. In the latter case offering the bereaving families a few coins ' bereavements' acting as an 'official' sympathizer of the state before absconding with the corpse and a promise to bury their deceased in a state cemetery. The families would never be able to find their loved ones' gravesites, as Parlow had no intention of doing as he said.
Diary of an Aspiring Lich and Death
Instead, he would use these bodies in spell research and experiments. First, he would learn how to resurrect these bodies, but it would only last a short while. A few minutes at first, then with time and practice a few hours and then eventually days or weeks long as long as he continued to pump spells into them. If he didn't they would collapse into piles of rotting flesh and stagnant refuse. Once he mastered this he turned to further grotesque experiments, sawing off limbs and constructing monstrosities that he would attempt to raise as servants. All of this was under the justification that it would eventually serve his nation and that his army of undead creatures would only help Heldrin defeat his enemies.
One of Parlow's journals, which would become known as Diary of an Aspiring Lich
Unfortunately for Parlow, his behaviour in court would become more and more erratic and bizarre and he would be dismissed from his position. Aghast and disgusted by his king's decision he threw himself further into his research, determined to achieve his goals and show them what they were missing in his research. But, he wouldn't have long to do so, as shortly after his dismissal a guard contingent, including several mages were sent to investigate strange noises and smells from Parlow's abode. The collected group sent by the king's court would break into Parlow's home when he wouldn't answer their calls.
Doctor Crowle Parlow lived several centuries ago before Heldrin and Roseport merged into one kingdom. He served on the court's council as a mage, but secretly studied the ways of necromancy and aspired to turn himself into a lich. He also planned to one day reveal himself to the court and reveal that he would provide an army of undead soldiers to help the kingdom overtake Roseport by force. Before he could do so, he was discovered and imprisoned. Necromancy had yet to be outlawed but his actions caused the kingdom to enact laws to do so. Parlow died in prison and would not become a lich. His body was buried somewhere in the Sumner Catacombs, supposed behind a magically sealed stone wall. The Crowle Community for Necromantic Research and History wishes to find his body and resurrect him as a fully formed lich.
The Crowle Community for Necromantic Research and HistoryA collection of like-minded admirers of Doctor Crowle Parlow who have become smitten with his work and have begun efforts to spread his knowledge to the masses. They also have secret intentions to find the late-necromancers corpse and complete his journey into lichdom. Read more about The Crowle Community for Necromantic Research and History here.