Molthuni Imperial Wizard, Lich
A Molthuni ambassador to Kraggodan revealed himself to be the wizard, Nochen. After threatening Panera, he was killed by Orin, but revealed on his death that he had other bodies to spare. Orin quickly deduced that the wizard was, in fact, a lich.
Nochen led vast undead armies on behalf of Molthune. In Skelt, our heroes encountered him yet again in yet another body, this time as an advisor to the Molthuni-placed mayor. Our heroes encountered him one final time in Crystalhurst, where he cast the Fangwood Forest into the Plane of Shadow. He also revealed to Astrid that he had been conspiring with the aboleth, Chevaghol, to destroy her family during the Vanishing. Nochen Valmugen was finally destroyed by Hudson Graves and Thorgur Lightshammer during the Battle of Fort Ramgate, when our heroes stormed his inner sanctum.
A mysterious wizard with unknown origins, Nochen rose to power in the decades prior to the Dead War. Nochen’s first step was to establish his own position within the power structure of Molthune’s military. To this end, he sent one of his most trusted servants, Rondulus, to join the Molthuni military as an officer. During a social event, Rondulus was able to poison the Imperial Governor Markwin Teldas’ wife with a terrible disease. Nochen was then able to emerge, nearly a decade later, and offer a cure. Having gained the trust of the governor, Nochen then sought out a vulnerable soul: General Lord Agard Habbraxis, victim of the initial Nirmathas rebellion and deeply scarred after the Battle of Deadeye’s Gulch. Convincing the General Lord to support a war was easy. And when Teldas’ oldest son came down with the same disease (“much harder to cure in the young”), Nochen found himself indisposable to the empire. He was nominated as Imperial Wizard on 15 Lamashan in the year 4702. With Chevaghol’s own alien mind influencing much of the rest of the war council, it was not long before Molthune was secretly preparing for an all-out war.