Vampire (5e Race)
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- 1 Vampire
- 2 Vampire Feats
- 3 Vampiric Campaign Items
- 4 References
Every time I die, this is the vision that greets my eyes. And every time I think, 'How lovely that sunlight which I forsook so many centuries ago...—Alucard
Tall, pale and gaunt humanoids, their otherworldly presence and stillness make a vampire stand out among the warm bodied living. With sharp dark facial features, red eyes that seem to glow in the absence of light and cold bodies that cast no reflection, vampires are as solitary as they come.
Vampires are pale due to their undead nature and avoidance of the sun. While their stillness comes from the fact that they no longer need to draw breath, making every action and inaction a conscious decision on their part. When forced into a corner, their sharp retractable fangs and claws become a declaration of warning to all creatures that bleed as any eloquence in their humanoid guise disappears, replaced with a primal bloodlust as they cut down the living like a plague.
A Deal Or A Curse
Undead are not born, and vampires are no exception to this. When a creature dies and rises as a vampire or vampire spawn their race becomes this one, losing their previous traits, ability score increases, etc. Only retaining parts of their physical appearance as their personality is warped into a mockery of their former self. Vampires are usually the result of a dark pact and while the mortal may not make the deal with the goal of becoming a vampire in mind the dark powers they've negotiated with cares little and only seeks to sow as much evil and strife within the world as a result of such a deal. Powerful beings of evil such as malevolent gods are also capable of afflicting a mortal with vampirism.
It is a common misconception that being bitten by a vampire can turn you into one. When in practice it only, kills you, warping your body and mind into a creature of evil, a vampire spawn and as such a slave to the true vampire that killed you. It is only by drinking the blood of the vampire that turned you can a vampire spawn then become a vampires. Though, few vampires are willing to relinquish their control in this manner.
Whether or not a vampire retains any memories from its former life, its emotional attachments wither as once-pure feelings become twisted by undeath. Love turns into a hungry obsession, while friendship becomes bitter jealousy. In place of emotion, vampires pursue physical symbols of what they crave, so that a vampire seeking love might fixate on a young beauty. A child might become an object of fascination for a vampire obsessed with youth and potential. Others surround themselves with art, books, or sinister items such as torture devices or trophies from creatures they have killed.
- Dark Desire Table
This section provides a table for players and Dungeon Masters who want to choose or randomly generate dark desires and where they originated from for vampires. It is recommended that if you are picking a desire for an already made character, that you pick traits that oppose or are the warped version of one of your character virtues.
|1||Greed||Greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs, especially with respect to material wealth. The hoarding of materials or objects, theft, and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by Greed.||Greed can be considered to be the warped form of charity. A generous cleric who becomes a vampire may acquire a taste for the blood of those whose mouths they once fed out of their own pocket. Luring them in with their known charity only to drain them of their lives and possesses.|
|2||Lust||Lust is characterized as an intense longing. It is usually thought of as intense or unbridled sexual desire, which leads to fornication, adultery, rape, bestiality, and other fraudulent sexual acts. However, lust can also mean simply desire in general; thus, hunger for money, power, and other things are also considered lust.||Lust strips away the meaning of things and as such, it is produced from chastity or purity. A vampire that once loved someone or something without all their heart may find their love has been warped into a hungry self-destructive obsession.|
|3||Gluttony||Gluttony is overindulgence and overconsumption of anything to the point of waste.||Gluttony stems from temperance or self-restraint, a champion fighter might work every day of their life to mold their body into a perfect fighting machine, refraining from eating anything outside of their precisely thought out diet. As a vampire, that same fighter may wipe a village off the face of the planet when they receive even a pang of hunger, drinking, bathing and wastefully spilling the blood of others despite only needing a few sips to sate themselves.|
|4||Sloth||Sloth is affectlessness, a lack of any feeling about self or other, a mind-state that gives rise to boredom, rancor, apathy, and a passive inert or sluggish mentation.||Sloth may rise from diligence, zeal, integrity or labor. For example, a Monk who along with his brother who has spent years searching for an item of significance to their monastery that has become a vampire may kill their brother, sell all their research to a rival monastery and then sit in their coffin for as long as they can until their hunger forces them on the hunt.|
|5||Wrath||It is important to understand that anger isn't evil nor good, it is a neutral act on the scale of good and evil, however, anger becomes wrath when it is directed against an innocent, when it is unduly, unbending or long-lasting, or when it desires excessive punishment. Anger becomes wrath when it reaches the point of a deliberate desire to kill or seriously wound. It is the desiring that someone else may suffer misfortune or evil.||Wrath stems not just from anger, but peace, composure, and forgiveness. It comes from a feeling of being wronged usually. A character that becomes a vampire may seek vengeance against any and all that have wronged them in the most brutal and cruelest fashion they are capable of regardless of the severity of the offense. Another may seek to use their position they held in life to incite war, strife and pain all so they have an excuse to take to the battlefield and rend skin from flesh from bone.|
|6||Envy||Envy is the need to have better or be better than others. Is it the need to have the goods, possession or even the connection of others. Wanting what others have for yourself.||Envy stems from kindness and admiration. A once diligent pupil may become envious of their teachers, achievements, skills, abilities and such and thus seem to destroy or take for themselves any of those, potentially wearing the guise of the even diligent student. A wizard's apprentice may steal the spellbook or research of his master, a warrior may challenge his mentor to a dual and using his vampiric might to surpass him to take his formal position as a leader, and one best friend may kill his own just to secure his position as a woman's suitor.|
|7||Pride||Pride is considered by some to be the root of all evil and naturally is the most common characteristics for a true vampire to have. The almost stereotypical haughty and self-important vampire lord radiates an aura of superiority as they look down at the foolish adventurers who would dare challenge them.||Unlike the other sins presented here, pride is natural for every true vampire to possess, and if not, it spawns from humility and humbleness. A character once content with dividing up the loot equally may simply demand more, for them with all their pride believe themselves to have done the most to earn such rewards. Or a character who once saw him companions as friends may now view them as expendable servants, as simply means to whatever twisted end, they have concocted.|
|8||Roll Twice.||Rerolling results of 8.|
All vampires are bound to a coffinic structure, normally some form of large container that usually takes the form of a sarcophagus, casket, or coffin. It is here that a vampires rests and reforms when they're defeated. They are usually hidden away in areas that are difficult to access by non-vampires and are heavily protected by minions, traps, and thralls. A coffinic structure is made from the wood of your original coffin, or the stone of your original tombstone in some cases. The structure is large enough to encase your body in and must have an opening to allow mist to enter and exit. If a vampires didn't receive a formal burial, it must lie beneath a foot of earth at the place of its transition to undeath. A vampires can move its place of burial by transporting its coffinic structure or a significant amount of grave dirt to another location. Some vampires set up multiple resting places this way.
With your Dungeon Master's discretion, the area in which your coffinic structure rests for 2d6 days can be considered your lair, manifesting the following regional effects as it is warped by your unnatural presence:
- There's a noticeable increase in the populations of bats, rats, and wolves in the region.
- Plants within 500 feet of the lair wither, and their stems and branches become twisted and thorny.
- Shadows cast within 500 feet of the lair seem abnormally gaunt and sometimes move as though alive.
- A creeping fog clings to the ground within 500 feet of the vampire's lair. The fog occasionally takes eerie forms, such as grasping claws and writhing serpents.
If you are destroyed, or you move your coffinic structure to elsewhere these effects end after 2d6 days.
Although vampires can be incredibly strong, their curse still comes with several notable drawbacks. Regardless of if you are a vampire spawn or a true vampire, you are affected by the following weakness unless specified otherwise:
- Forbiddance: You can't enter a residence without an invitation from one of the occupants.
- Running Water: Your flesh is torn apart in the presence of water, you take 20 acid damage when you end your turn in running water. This damage may not be reduced in any way.
- Stake to the Heart: If a piercing weapon made of wood is driven into your heart while incapacitated in your coffinic structure, you become paralyzed until the stake is removed if you are a true vampire. However, if you are a vampire spawn, you are instead destroyed.
- Sunlight Hypersensitivity: You sear and burn in the light of the sun, your flesh immolating. If you end your turn in direct sunlight, you take 20 radiant damage. You also have disadvantage on any attack rolls and ability checks when in direct sunlight.
Vampires usually retain the names of their mortal lives and as such will have a name based on the race or culture they originated from. Some change their name when they ascend to true vampires and it is accepted that long-lived true vampires who obtain grand estates take on titles of nobility such as Count, Countess, Duke, or Duchess.
Notable Vampires: Count Dracula, Strahd von Zarovich, Alucard, Count von Count.
Vampire Spawn Traits
Most of a vampire's victims become vampire spawn- ravenous creatures with a vampire's hunger for blood, but under the control of the vampire that created them. If a true vampire allows a spawn to draw blood from its own body, the spawn transforms into a true vampire no longer under its master's control. Few vampires are willing to relinquish their control in this manner. A vampire spawn becomes free-willed when their creator dies but may seek to become true vampires via drinking from another true vampire or making a pact with some otherworldly entity.
Inhuman, merciless, and uncaring about their earlier life. Vampires are undeath and evil manifest of inversed good and paradox.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength, Dexterity and Constitution scores each increase by 1.
Age. Vampires are immortal and can be any age. Vampires retain the physical appearance of the age at which they were turned at during their mortal life. They also retain the psychological development associated with that age, therefore vampires who did not reach adulthood in their mortal life may still have the impulses of an adolescent in their vampiric life.
Alignment. Young vampires may keep the lawful, neutral or chaotic alignment they had in life, however, older vampires always lean towards lawfulness, usually following a code of their own design that they've developed over the centuries to ensure their survival. The vast majority of vampires are lawful evil, and none but the greenies attempt to maintain their inner humanity and remain even a neutral, let along a good one.
Size. Vampires can range in height and weight like most humanoids would, though they are normally lighter then they appear to be while looming over others. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Undead. Your creature type is considered to be both humanoid and undead.
Unholy Body. Dark magic sustains you, making you resistant to necrotic damage. Healing potions do not have a healing effect on you. Instead, they deal poison damage equal to the amount that was meant to heal. To heal you must either drink blood, spend hit dice, or finish a long rest.
Blood Drinker. Even though you are undead, you still require sustenance in the form of blood to sustain your unholy existence. You are immune to diseases. You do not need to eat or breathe, but you can ingest food and drink if you wish, though this food is always bland and stale to you. If you go for longer then seven days without drinking at least one ration of blood, you suffer one level of exhaustion on the midnight of that day, which can only be removed by drinking a ration of blood. After consuming one ration of blood, you recover all levels of exhaustion. If you reach six levels of exhaustion due to this trait, you are destroyed.
A ration of blood is a vial, roughly 4 ounces and while that is just enough to sustain you each week, you still feel the urge to drink and may still appear twitchy or ravenous in the heat of battle or when treating a wounded ally. A pint, such as that contained within a flask is considered a healthy amount, enough to keep you sustained while also suppressing your less civilized behavior. Each ration of blood heals you for 1d4+1 hit points while a pint will heal you for 2d4+2 hit points.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Bite. All vampires have sharpened teeth capable of tearing flesh from bone and draining blood from the body. If a willing, paralyzed, charmed, incapacitated, restrained, or grappled, creature within 5 feet of you has blood, you may use your bonus action to Bite them dealing 1d6 piercing damage and draining their blood dealing additional necrotic damage equal to your Constitution modifier. Drinking blood this way is equal to consuming a ration as per your Blood Drinker trait. When you use your Bite, you can choose to not deal damage.
Claws. As a vampire you have a set of claws, your claws are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength or Dexterity modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
Spawn. You are a vampire spawn and as such your will is circumvented by that of your true vampire master. There is little you can do in the way of resisting your master and can't take actions to harm them, however, you can pervert the intent of their commands by exploiting their poor wording. The knowing perversion of such a command though will often lead to your destruction if their master believes it to be so. Any attempt to go against you masters will or pervert their command requires you to make a DC17 Charisma saving throw at disadvantage.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, as well as one other language of your choice, that you knew in life.
Whether you drank the blood of a true vampire as a vampire spawn or made a pact with a dark power, you have become a true vampire, gaining the following traits in addition to your vampire spawn traits, with the exception of your Spawn trait.
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 1.
Blood Connoisseur. As per your Blood Drinker trait, if you reach six levels of exhaustion due to this trait, instead of suffering death, no longer gain any more levels of exhaustion and become indefinitely paralyzed. The only way to remove this paralyze is to be exposed to a rations worth of blood.
Superior Darkvision. Your darkvision increases to 120 feet.
True Vampire. You gain a coffinic structure. In addition, you can now take vampire feats and you gain one of these feats of your choice.
Vampire Fangs & Talons. Your teeth might as well have been that of a child's before. The damage for your Bite increases by 1d6 when you reach 5th level (2d6), 11th level (3d6), and 17th level (4d6). In addition, your claws lengthen and the damage for your Claws trait increases to 1d6.
Misty Escape. When you drop to 0 hit points outside of your coffinic structure, you transform into a cloud of mist instead of falling unconscious, provided you are not in an area of sunlight or running water. If you can't transform, you are destroyed.
While in mist form, you can't take any actions, speak, or manipulate objects. You are weightless, have a flying speed of 20 feet, can hover, and can enter a hostile creature's space and stop there. In addition, if air can pass through a space, the mist can do so without squeezing, and it can't pass through water. It has advantage on Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution saving throws, and is immune to all nonmagical damage, except the damage it takes from sunlight.
While you have 0 hit points in mist form, you can't revert to your vampire form. If you do not reach your coffinic structure within 2 hours, you are destroyed. Once in you coffinic structure, you revert to your vampire form. You are then paralyzed until you regain at least 1 hit point. After spending 1 hour in your coffinic structure with 0 hit points, you regain 1 hit point.
Random Height and Weight
|5′ 5″||+2d6||60 lb.||× (1d4) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier
Vampires have some impressive abilities and it is only the truly ancient and powerful vampires that can utilize them all. As a vampire you have access to the following list of feats and if you are using the optional feats rule, you can forgo taking Ability Score Improvement feature to take a vampire feat of your choice instead.
Feat: Superior Body
You can use your vampiric reflexes to dodge attacks and move with an unearthly grace and ease, gaining the following benefits:
- You can climb difficult surfaces, including upside down on ceilings, without needing to make an ability check.
- While you are wearing no armor, your Armor Class equals 12 + your Dexterity modifier.
- Your base movement speed increases by 5 feet.
Vampires are known for their ability to shift from form to form. You gain the shapechanger tag and if you are not in sunlight or running water, you can use your action to polymorph into a Tiny bat or a Medium cloud of mist for 1 minute, or back into your true form.
- Bat Form: While in bat form you can't speak, your walking speed is 5 feet, and you have a flying speed of 30 feet. Your statistics, other than your size and speed, are unchanged. Anything you are wearing transforms with you, but nothing you are carrying does. You revert to your true form if you die.
- Mist Form: While in mist form, you can't take any actions, speak, or manipulate objects. You are weightless and have a flying speed of 20 feet, can hover, and can enter a hostile creature's space and stop there. In addition, if air can pass through a space, the mist can do so without squeezing, and it can't pass through water. You have advantage on Strength, Dexterity, and Constitution saving throws, gain a number of temporary hit points equal to twice your level, and are immune to all nonmagical damage, except the damage you take from sunlight.
Once you transform this way you cannot do so again until you complete a short or long rest.
Feat: Animating Bite
You can suffuse your unholy lifeforce into creatures you drain. When you reduce a creature to 0 hit points you can choose to animate it, causing it to rise at the next midnight as a zombie under your control. This zombie can take simple commands from you and you may have a number of zombies equal to your proficiency bonus under your control through this method at a time. If you already have your maximum number of zombies under your control other corpses which rise due to your bite are not under your control are hostile towards you and others.
Feat: Children of the Night
As an action, you may magically call 1d4 swarms of bats or rats, provided the sun isn't up. While outdoors, you can call 1d6 wolves instead. The called creatures arrive in 1d4 rounds, acting as your allies and obeying your spoken commands. The beasts remain for 1 hour, and can be dismissed as a bonus action. You may not call on more than one swarm at any time.
Feat: Unnatural Charm
As an action, you can target one humanoid you can see within 30 feet. If the target can see you, it must succeed a Wisdom saving throw, or be charmed. The DC for the save is equal to 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier. The charmed target regards you as a trusted friend to be heeded and protected. Although the target isn't under your direct control, it takes your requests or actions in the most favorable way it can, and it is a willing target for your Vampire Bite.
Each time you or one of your companions do anything harmful to the target, it can repeat the saving throw, ending the effect on itself on a success. Otherwise, the effect lasts for 24 hours, until you are destroyed, until you on a different plane of existence than the target, or if you take a bonus action to end the effect. You can only have one creature charmed this way at once and you can use this trait a number of times equal to your Charisma modifier before you must complete a long rest before using it again.
Enhanced Vampirism Table
|Superior Body||If your Strength, Dexterity, or Constitution scores are less then 18, they become 18.|
|Shapechanger||You can maintain your other forms indefinitely and gain the Humanoid form.
|Animating Bite||You may have a number of zombies under your control equal to double your proficiency bonus and you can now control 2 vampire spawn.|
|Children of the Night||The amount of swarms of bats or rats you can summon becomes 2d4 and the amount of wolves you can summon becomes 3d6. The creatures instead arrive at the start of your next turn.|
|Unatural Charm||You can have a number of creatures charmed this way equal to your Charisma modifier and creatures charmed this way have no recollection of their time charmed.|
Vampiric Campaign Items
Vampires have some special needs when it comes to their wellbeing. The following list of items helps keep them alive and enhances their vampiric abilities. Whether or not some of these items can be purchased or even found in the world is up to the Dungeon Master.
Cloak of the Underdark
Wondrous item, uncommon (requires attunement)
This exotic garment of drow design is made of black silk interwoven with faint silver threads. While wearing this cloak, you can pull its hood over your head to cause yourself to become immune to the effects of sunlight. The cloak allows for no sunlight to pass through.
Cloak of Hiding
Wondrous item, rare (requires attunement)
This elegant garment is made of dark silks interwoven with faint amber threads. While wearing this cloak, you can pull its hood over your head, totally concealing your face. Attempts to look into your hood only reveal darkness. In addition, while your hood is up, you are hidden from divination magic and you can't be targeted by such magic or perceived through magical scrying sensors.
Ring of Muted Light
Ring, rare (requires attunement)
This simple, monocolored ring that never seems to glisten is an ideal gift for your vampire lord. While wearing this ring, you can dim the light within a 15-foot cube around you. You can make sunlight normal light, bright light dim light, dim light darkness, and darkness magical darkness. You cannot make the light level brighter, only darker and nonmagical light can’t illuminate this area.
Wondrous item, rare
These crimson tinted sunglasses, allow those to look into the light with an issue. You are immune to the effects of sunlight. In addition, you have advantage on saving throws against being blinded and any effect that relies on eye contact, such as a medusa's Petrifying Gaze or a umber hulk's Confusing Gaze.
If a vampire also has the Unnatural Charm feat, it cannot be used while these are worn.
Ring of Misty Shadows
Ring, very rare (requires attunement by a true vampire)
While wearing this ring, when you drop to 0 hit points in direct sunlight, the area you occupy while you move is considered to be magical darkness as if the spell darkness was cast at 5th level. The darkness lasts for 2 hours and once used this ring cannot be used again until the next midnight.
Ring, very rare (requires attunement by a true vampire)
A ring with a small compartment in its silver head, containing a small part of your coffinic structure such as a piece of stonework, a chunk of wood, or compressed dirt. While worn with a part of your coffinic structure is placed here, this ring teleports you back to your coffinic structure when you are reduced to 0 hit points unharmed. Once used this ring cannot be used again until the next midnight.
Ring of Dracula
Ring, artifact (requires attunement by a true vampire)
This magnificent ring was said to have been worn by the famed Dracula himself and in the eons he wore it, it took on magical properties as it was warped by his powerful unnatural presence. The ring is covered in a layer of gold, its black obsidian material becoming evident in the engravings that adorn it. At its crown, sits a crimson gem that radiates status and nobility. While wearing this ring you gain the following benefits:
- You no longer possess any of the weakness a vampires has and are immune to the effects of sunlight.
- If your coffinic structure is further then 2 hours away but on the same plane of existence you reach it within two hours and regain all lost hit points once you've rested there for an hour.
- You can go for a month without needing to consume blood.
- Random Properties.
The Ring of Dracula has the following random properties:
- 1 minor beneficial properties
- 1 major beneficial property
- 1 minor detrimental property
- 1 major detrimental properties
Your natural vampirism is elevated to the peak of its power as it is suffused with the legendary strength of the Dracula. In addition, to the benefits granted by your vampire spawn and true vampire traits, with the exception of the vampire spawn's Spawn trait, you gain the following benefits:
- Enhanced Fangs. Your Bite now reduces the hit point maximum of the creature by an amount equal to the necrotic damage taken, and you regain hit points equal to that amount. The reduction lasts until the target finishes a long rest. The target dies if this effect reduces its hit point maximum to 0. A humanoid slain in this way and then buried in the ground rises the following night as a vampire spawn under your control.
- Enhanced Talons. Your Claws now deal 1d8 slashing damage and on a successful attack, you can grapple the creature as a bonus action.
- Vampiric Resistance. You are resistant to non-magical bludgeoning, piercing and slashing damage.
- Unnatural Regeneration. You gain 10 temporary hit points at the start of your turn if you have at least 1 hit point.
- Enhanced Vampirism. All vampires feats you possess are enhanced, as seen in the Enhanced Vampirism Table.
- Legendary Actions
You can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature's turn. You regain spent legendary actions at the start of your turn.
- Move. You move up to your speed without provoking opportunity attacks.
- Unarmed Strike. You make one unarmed strike with your Claws.
- Bite (Costs 2 Actions). You make one Bite attack.
- Legendary Resistance
While you may not be of legendary status like the great Dracula, his ring elevates you to such a position. If you fail a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead. You can use this three times before the next dawn.
Once attuned to the Ring of Dracula you cannot unattune to it and the only way to remove it from your person is to destroy you.
- Destroying the Ring of Dracula
The Ring of Dracula is indestructible like most artifacts, however, it can be destroyed by being swallowed by a good-aligned solar or some of the other more powerful good entities of the upper planes.
- Players Handbook p.151
- Players Handbook p.154
- Players Handbook p.151/154
- Monster Manual p.318
- Monster Manual p.337
- Monster Manual p.339
- Monster Manual p.341