I am nearing the end of my campaign and I always had it that there is a hidden temple to Vecna buried in the nearby hills. It hold the Sword of Kas, which was found by those who worship the God of Secrets and hidden away from the world as it was the weapon to almost destroy their master. The players, of course, are going to find it.
I haven't read Vecna Lives or any of that series and I am short on time so that I don't think I will get to finish it. I'm trying to figure out what to fill the secret temple with. My default answer is a Liche, but I worry that might be too powerful.
The party is six players that are level 8 and possibly 9 before the adventure. We are playing 5E and half the party is very experienced players. Since I added the 6th, they have been mowing the enemy down. The party does NOT have a cleric, though, which makes turning undead nothing to worry about, but they do have anti undead weapons (Paladin with a Sun Sword).
The temple was buried and sealed off from the outside world, so it will all be undead beings inside. I figure the intelligent undead go through a routine of worship to Vecna. There is a dwarven mining company that burrows too deep and discovers it. The priests send swarms of undead to try to defeat the miners, who call in the players.
I'm looking for some good undead to be in the place. Not everything from the older editions has been ported over, but it's pretty easy to do so. A Lich might be too powerful for them at this stage. What is another good intelligent undead High Priest of the temple?
What are some good mid level undead? Maybe a Bone Golem or such? Crawling Hand swarms? Hordes of U-Flan ghouls are easy enough to throw at them. I want to make it memorable, though.
Mad ghoul: https://www.5esrd.com/database/creature/ghoul-mad/ The presence of the Sword of Kas caused this ghoul to go mad seeking to possess it and keep it from others of its kind. The high priestess walled it off in another part of the dungeon, where it has been scratching at the walls ever since, trying to get back to its prize.
Ancient void disciple: https://www.5esrd.com/database/creature/ancient-void-disciple/ A schism among the undead has resulted in the Ancient Void Disciples declaring allegiance not to Vecna, but to the primeval void (or to Tharizdun). They are not yet strong enough to take the Sword of Kas from the ghouls, but may be open to an alliance.
Allip: https://www.5esrd.com/database/creature/allip-2/ Either a failed experiment of the void disciples, or something they have chosen to worship, believing it to be a herald of the void that whispers secrets even Vecna doesn't know. It is a spirit of pure madness, and it knows nothing at all.
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