A death knight was a mighty undead warrior created by gods of death or other malevolent forces. They were most commonly created from evil humanoids who in life had been blackguards, fighters, rangers, barbarians, and even paladins fallen from grace.
A death knight appeared similar to how it appeared in life, but it had a decayed body with rotting flesh and pinpoints of light in place of eyes. A death knight often wore fine clothing and armor, especially capes, as a mark of importance. A death knight struck fear into the hearts of weaker creatures.
Notable Death Knights
- Imbrar I, the fallen paladin-king of Impiltur.
- Olanthius, a warrior of Elturel who served his commander Zariel in life and undeath.
- Undermountain: Maddgoth's Castle • Expedition to Undermountain • Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage • Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus
- Elminster Must Die • Bury Elminster Deep
- Referenced only
- The Paladins
- Video games
- Dungeon Hack • Eye of the Beholder III: Assault on Myth Drannor • Neverwinter Nights 2
- Board Games
- Tyrants of the Underdark: Aberrations and Undead
- Card Games
- AD&D Trading Cards
- Organized Play & Licensed Adventures
- Unusual Opposition • Pools of Cerulean • Moving Day • Honors Unforeseen
- Matthew Sernett (October 2007). “The Ecology of the Death Knight”. In Chris Youngs ed. Dragon #360 (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 34–38.
- Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 47. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 50. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
- Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc), pp. 207–209. ISBN 07-8692-873-5.
- Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 52. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- Don Turnbull (1981). Fiend Folio. (TSR Hobbies), p. 23. ISBN 0-9356-9621-0.
- George Krashos (August 2006). “Impiltur: The Forgotten Kingdom”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #346 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 70.
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