[RPG] Are all Liches innately evil?


I was wanting to make a lich character, but my DM doesn't allow evil characters. I was wondering if there could be a good lich (that is not an archlich).

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The description in the MM seems to indicate that yes, all liches are necessarily evil:

Wizards that seek lichdom must make bargains with fiends, evil gods, or other foul entities. [..] A lich must periodically feed souls to its phylactery to sustain the magic preserving its body and consciousness. [..] A creature imprisoned in the phylactery for 24 hours is consumed and destroyed utterly.. (MM 203)

The process that creates and sustains a lich requires them to destroy the souls of others. This is an act that no Good creature would even contemplate, and I think even Neutrals would abhor.

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