The Legend of the Lich Lord
Legend of the Lich Lord is Season 2 of Spencer Estabrooks’ (Sharkasaurus) One Hit Die web series. It is essentially a mockumentary-style (think LOTR meets The Office) look into the trials of an Adventuring Party. Legend of the Lich Lord was given a feature length movie release in Calgary on Saturday, September 26th as part of the Calgary International Film Festival.
The story opens with a Nerrena the Necromancer (Victoria Souter) attempting to bring the Lich Lord (Michael Roik) into the world to help destroy the realm. However, the Lich Lord realizes he is missing his ‘orb’ and cannot release his hordes (from the Nether Regions) on the realm until it is returned to him.
After this prologue, we switch to the introduction of our heroes, lead now by the self proclaimed ‘Chosen One’ Cassandra the Paladin (Mikaela Cochrane). She is joined by Torvold the Thief (Andrew David Long), Sasha the Fighter (Julie Orton), and Azurus the Wizard (Phil Burke). The Office-style format of having the characters speak to the camera is used to quickly re-introduce us to the characters and their motivations.
They encounter Willard the Druid (North Darling), who is a sapling druid who struggles to commune with nature. He is being pursued by the Necromancer and so the adventure begins.
From here our adventurers meet an elven Ranger, Holden (Byron Mayberry) and other snobby, aloof elves (aren’t they all?), get split up, ride a magic toboggan, discover magical relics such as the Cursed Girdle of Sex Change and the mighty weapon, Dirtspitter, and face many challenges before facing the Necromancer and the Lich Lord to determine the fate of the realm.
The movie is fun, and anyone with alove of The Lord of the Rings, The Office, LARP or Game of Thrones is sure to get a kick out of the movie. If the audience reaction was any indication, this movie is sure to be a hit – at least in Convention circles, and hopefully it will enjoy wider success. At the very least, it should pair nicely in back-to-back viewings with Knights of Badassdom.
Legend of the Lich Lord will be released in 10 parts over 10 days starting on October 14th and can be found at the One Hit Die official website.
Legend of the Lich Lord recently premièred at the Calgary International Film Festival to positive reviews. After the movie, Spencer was invited up to say a few words and engage in a Q&A. He brought the cast up to the front and then asked his crew to stand so everyone could get their dues. He then introduced his co-producer, Emily Renner Wallace, and promptly turned the Q&A into a one question, one answer event by proposing to her on the spot. Her response of ‘Yes’ was barely audible over the standing ovation and cheers of the crowd.