The Living Dead: A Guide to Vampires

Halloween is over, but the chills never end!

Hail to thee of might and valor,

Dare you dive into the darkness and face an evil as ancient as the land?  The curse of vampirism persists throughout much of the multiverse, turning the innocent into blood-sucking monsters.  Explore this new tome and discover various kinds of vampires, as well as their unholy progeny.  From the fallen vampire to various clans from various worlds and beyond, their reach sprawls ever far.  Should this be of interest to any of you, please respond to the Burgomaster with haste.

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Good evening, children of the night!  To celebrate Halloween, I have something special for everyone!  This time around, it’s a collection of vampiric horrors as a follow-up to last year’s werebeasts.  Here’s what you will find inside this terrifying tome.

  • Vampires in the realms of D&D: A look at the vampire and its place in various known (and unknown) realities.
  • Bestiary: A wide variety of vampiric evils to horrify your parties with.  Based on vampires from all over the world and more.
  • Vampires in your Campaign
  • Vampiric NPCs: Some sample NPCs in the vein of the monsters from the Zoanthropes book.
  • The Dhampir: The unfortunate spawns of a vampire and a mortal.  Seemingly impossible, but actually improbably; these offspring are stuck between the worlds of the living and the worlds of the dead.

 

A follow up to last year, this time I’m tackling vampires. Check out more here!

Included are new types of vampires, NPCs and Vampire adventurers, as well as the new racial option; the dhampir.

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No Rest for the Wicked – Corrupted Villains

Even great evils can fall from grace or power.  However, that isn’t to say they aren’t inherently powerful beings.  In many cases, diving too deep into their tainted powers may make them stronger.  In many cases, these pitiful creatures are proof that depravities and wicked ways rarely turn out for the better.  All the same, these wretched terrors find their own boons in further exploring the path of evil.

Author’s Note:  I was tossing an idea in my head for a little bit and figured, sure why not?  By the way, the degenerated vampire might make an appearance in something else relatively soon.  Let’s just say a successor to a previous book project of mine is in the works.

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The Ground is Sour – Resurrection gone Wrong

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“Sometimes, dead is better.”

In particularly cursed places, the very ground itself rebukes death and damns the souls of whoever is buried there.  This could be from the sight of a great war, a disturbed burial grounds or more.  No matter the case, the land is tainted.  And for those who dare to gamble against the forces of life and death within these corrupted lands?  They may become something equally as wicked.

In other cases, the world may just have stacked odds against the heroes.  The world may be kept in the clutches of dark forces that conspire to corrode and twist all in their path.  Malevolent entities are challenged by heroes of horror, those who take a stand against the darkness at all costs.  They too may face trauma when losing an ally… and having them come back wrong.

Author’s Note:  This RPG Blog Carnival post came out of a few things.  In a game I was part of, the DM wanted to make resurrection a risk.  In that world, that sort of art is lost and things tend to not work always right when this is tried.  The idea was also going to be used in a Gothic Earth one-off I wanted to do at some point too…  Plus, I watched the original Pet Sematary recently.  So, here’s my revised take on risky resurrection! 

Learn more about the October RPG Blog Carnival theme here!

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The Road (Thankfully) Less Traveled – Terrors on the Road

Foggy trail in Catskills, NY

“Take me home, country roads!”

Just beyond the veil of reality exists an entire bestiary worth of wretched things.  These monsters and entities lie beyond our grasp, waiting for the right moment to strike.  Many of these creatures are quite similar to the everyday and mundane aspects of life we take for granted, while others are incomprehensibly alien.  While in the comfort of our homes, we take much for granted.  But, on the road?  We are much more vulnerable.  The elements, wildlife and even fellow people can prove to be potential hazards.  But, even more troubling is the strange and supernatural sights that we all hope to never encounter…

Author’s Note: If there’s one thing I love in a ghost story, it’s encounters on the road; when you’re traveling, far away from home and quite vulnerable.  And worse yet?  Many of the things stalking you take up the guise of something far from insidious at all.  While some predators will fight head on, others are bit more crafty.  And some?  They’re just quasi-mindless masses of hunger.

Also, special thanks to Ian for helping to create the Haunting Traveler.  I shall inform you on how many people it kills, I promise!

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Bizarre Bazaar: More Gothic, Gaslamp and Weird West

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“Zam’dul is closing up shop for the great bazaar.  Do hurry, the fumes of these locomotive devices are quite sickening.  Search at your heart’s desire, but do be quick.  And also, do be careful.  Questions are welcome and can very well save your life!”

Zam’Dul returns once again to unleash a wide variety of fantastic artifacts, contraptions and concoctions sure to amaze and bewilder.

Author’s Note:  I had some item ideas that I couldn’t fit in the prior items post, so they’re here instead!  Also, I didn’t have the time to finish my one post for DM’s Guild.  So, it is unfortunately delayed a smidge.  All I’ll say is that it is a conversion of one of the few 4th Edition modules I really enjoyed playing with quite a few years ago.  Despite all the guff I give 4E, it certainly had its moments.  And for that reason, I’m “reanimating” it for D&D 5E!  Once it’s available, hopefully you all check it out!

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Bizarre Bazaar – Gaslamp, Gothic and Weird West

Images of Hitchin Market Place as it was in Victorian times (1837-1901)

The monthly market at Granite Well Station’s market is rich with life as it always is.  Amateur crafters alongside trade professionals, artisans both local and well out of region, even a few arcanists willing to share a secret or two.  Among the oddest is that “metal head” fellow who just showed up at the last minute.  He calls himself “Zam’dul”, sounds like some really far eastern name.  Either way, he has a haul of junk to investigate.  It’s all pretty odd stuff, I have a feeling he’s making dirty money on pick-pocketed goods, but that’s just me. – Constable Taranath Glistendawn, long time officer of Granite Well; a town known for its eponymous well, where an evil creature was thwarted decades ago.

The Granite Well Station sports a diverse rummage sale and market at the start of the month.  As far as flea markets go, Zam’dul is no stranger to this.  While a somewhat dusty, but sprawling city space; it already sports a diverse array of fascinating vendors to choose from.  To compete, Zam’dul only brings the most fascinating odds and ends from around the world.  As always, he promises quite the show!

Author’s Note: Zam’dul travels to a city anew!  Since I’ve been doing a fair share of player options as well as monsters, why not items as well?  Like before, they have a gothic, victorian, western, dime novel or relate theme to them.  In addition, I wanted to add some more gun augmentations.

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Horrors by Gaslamp – Gothic Creatures and Tales of Woe

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“Why do they always faint when they see me?”

The streets are seemingly cast in a dark and gloomy shade among the lit up lamps.  Flittering insects cast sinister shadows on the cobblestones below.  However, the chill down your back is far from a winter wind.  You feel it, don’t you?  A cross between a clacking of razor blades upon your coat mixed with the sharp feeling of exposure to ice.  It’s right behind you.  As to what it is?  You dare not find out, but your doom is likely spelled out for you, regardless.  Before you can react, the words, “I have use for you” buzz in your mind before all turns to black.

Author’s Note:  Weird Western stuff is fun, but it’s only a single flavor of the Gothic.  I’ve always been one for horror in an urban environment, such as jolly old London.  Plus, I wanted to switch gears to something a little more traditional D&D.  Also, I was really eager to bust out some references to Castlevania!  (Yes, most of them are Symphony of the Night.)

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