Veranka the Lich Ascendant

Veranka spent her youth studying the dark art of necromancy under an old master. When his health failed him, she sought out new sources of necromantic lore to advance her studies. With time, she became fixated on legends of ancient necromancers who were able to escape death by mastering undeath and transforming themselves into powerful lichs.

When she heard that the ancient city of Felstad had begun to thaw, she recalled old stories of the city’s powerful Lich Lord. She gathered a band of mercenaries and set off for the frozen north in hopes of discovering the secrets of that ancient necromancer.


Veranka has focused her arcane studies on using undead servants. She can create zombie servants, conjure skeletal hands to harass her enemies, and seize control of undead creatures she encounters. In combat, she augments her control of undead with the ability to cause structures to lose their integrity, summon swarms of insects, and launch poisonous darts. Her remaining spells increase her ability to learn new lore and locate the most valuable treasures of Felstad.

  • Absorb Knowledge – Sigilist 16
  • Bones of the Earth – Necromancer 10
  • Control Undead – Necromancer 12
  • Crumble – Chronomancer 12
  • Plague of Insects – Summoner 12
  • Poison Dart – Witch 12
  • Raise Zombie – Necromancer 10
  • Reveal Secret – Soothsayer 16


Emmerich swore his loyalty to Veranka in order to save his own life. She had attacked his home in order to secure a particular ancient tome, and when defeated he pleaded for mercy. She offered to spare his life in exchange for him serving loyally as her apprentice. In combat, she orders him to take on the most dangerous situations, glad to risk his life rather than her own.


Veranka has hired an unsavory and ruthless set of mercenaries to accompany her to the ruins of Felstad. The main warriors she has hired are four thugs and a crossbowman led by a mighty barbarian. A stealthy assassin completes her set of warriors, and she has hired a servant to carry treasure and necromantic supplies.

  • Assassin (Forgotten Pacts)
  • Barbarian
  • Crossbowman
  • Pack Mule (Thaw of the Lich Lord)
  • Thug × 4


Rather than seeking to cast Transcendence, Veranka’s ambition is to locate a grimoire of the lost spell that will allow her to gain immortality by becoming an undead lich.

Wednesday Wizards is a series of posts that I’m planning to write for the next few months. Each entry will present a wizard for Frostgrave Second Edition with background, spell selection, soldiers, and their goal in exploring the city. These wizards and warbands could be used as-is to start a new campaign or serve as inspiration as you build your own wizard.

By Scott Boehmer

A game enthusiast and software engineer.

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