Highway to Hell
Irfelujhar is an extremely powerful and ancient lich famed for his ability to craft rituals of incredible power. He is a powerful follower of Vecna, having turned to lichdom under Vecna’s guidance so he could carry on his work on rituals.
Over 1000 years ago, before any of the current major powers rose to prominence, Irfelujhar was a skilled ritual caster in the service of a powerful warlord. This was during a time and place where magic was mistrusted, and the warlord’s advisors and generals recommended he kill the mage. Irfelujhar managed to remain in the warlord’s favour with his skill and personal strength however, and the warlord kept him on far longer than normal. It would have been wise for the warlord to listen to his advisors, as Irfelujhar conspired with one of the warlords enemies to destroy the warlords armies and conquer his holdings. Those the mage conspired with turned on the mage as well, recognizing that they should not trust a traitor, but he’d vanished. Irfelujhar did not appear again for several decades, when his plans came to fruition. The warlord and his armies returned under Irfelujhar, and the war that followed helped lead to the fall of the old kingdoms and powers. Irfelujhar’s forces were defeated and the mage himself fled, appearing later as a lich. He has done little in the world at large since, and vanished completely again almost 100 years ago. He is almost guaranteed to still be alive, few people would know where he is.