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Source: Ultimate Equipment, pg(s). 248ff. (1E)
Core Rulebook, pg(s). 614 (2E)

A phylactery is a small box that contains within various texts written on parchment; phylacteries are usually strapped to the forehead.12 The most infamous of all phylacteries are those created by potential liches to hold their souls,3 usually known as soul cages.

Types of phylactery

Lich's soul cage

A lich's soul cage is a magical container that is created by a powerful arcane or divine spellcaster in order to house their soul in preparation to become a lich.3


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  1. Jason Bulmahn, et al. “Chapter 5: Wondrous Items” in Ultimate Equipment, 206. Paizo Inc., 2012
  2. Logan Bonner, et al. “11: Crafting & Treasure” in Core Rulebook, 614. Paizo Inc., 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary, 188–189. Paizo Inc., 2009