Vargheist (5e Creature)
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Large undead, chaotic evil
Flyby. The vargheist doesn't provoke opportunity attacks when it flies out of an enemy's reach.
Vampire Weaknesses. The vargheist has the following flaws:
Multiattack. The vargheist makes two attacks: one with its bite and one with its claws.
Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one creature. Hit: 11 (2d6 + 4) piercing damage. The target's hit point maximum is reduced by an amount equal to the damage taken. The reduction lasts until the target finishes a long rest. The target dies if this effect reduces its hit point maximum to 0.
Claws. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d4 + 4) slashing damage.
Born Away from the Light. The creation of a vargheist is a strange metamorphosis that takes place far from the eyes of mortal humanoids. Under the extensive castles of vampire lords are vast subterranean networks of basements, galleries and dining halls with vaulted ceilings that stretch into the pitch darkness above.
This ghastly domain is where the birth of a vargheist takes place. Within the deepest, darkest part of the castle, chain-bound coffins and sculpted sarcophagi nestle upside-down like cocoons. Not all of these coffins are empty, for this hidden realm is where a vampire lord locks away those of their coven who have fallen out of favor. Those who come off worse in the endless power struggles of the vampires often find themselves prematurely buried and left at the mercy of their own
relentless thirsts, for there can be no greater suffering for a vampire than to not die for aeons from the great thirst that wracks their body. Slowly, over the course of decades, the constantly dripping water, magically tainted by undeath, finds its way into the prisons of these unfortunates.
Rabid Emergence. When the transformation from humanoid into monster takes hold, the muscular vargheist will crack open its stone prison with a great effort. Casting aside its chains, the creature unfolds its leathery wings and rears up into the darkness, letting loose a terrible scream of rage and betrayal that sends great swarms of bats whirling throughout the cavernous chambers. The shattered remnants of its sarcophagus fall away, and the name and personality of its former incumbent is left behind in the mire. The newborn vargheist's first instinct is to hunt, desperate to drink fresh blood after so many years. At the first taste of blood, the transformation is made permanent and what was once a proud lord of the dead is forever cursed to an existence as a ravening beast.