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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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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A Planar Grimoire Update

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Just letting everyone know, I’ve made an update to one of my initial works for DM’s Guild, a Planar Grimoire!  The following spells inspired by the Eberron setting, and also given a somewhat spooky Halloween vibe!  The following spells have been added:

  • Augment Natural Weapon
  • Dream Lock
  • Essence of the Living
  • Healing Light of Irian
  • Intensive Repair
  • Repair Damage
  • Silverflame Smite
  • Sporadic Shapeshifting

 

Click Here to check it out!

Don’t Go Out At Night – More Monsters on the Road!

Traveling at night on an unfamiliar path can prove to be particularly treacherous.  Beyond the threat of bandits and wayward brambles lies the supernatural.  Thick forests and foggy meadows often carry dark creatures lurking about.  Ranging from the bothersome to the lethal, these dastardly foes take glee in anyone foolish enough to get lost at night, far off the beaten path.

Author’s Note: I’m trying to get some updates to old projects ready.  New spells and monsters will hopefully be made available soon!  In the meantime, I really wanted to make more monsters along my “lost on the road” theme.  This time, I sample a mix of folk tales and horror movies.

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

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“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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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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Lore from the People Part 1 – Classic Mythologies of the Americas

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“You call it wendigo, I call it target pract-AAAAAAAAAAAA!”

The settlements and towns of the west have always been weird.  The supposedly more natural things out there?  They are far weirder.  While the natives are not overly inclined to disclose much about the local wildlife and mythic beings, any information that can be gathered will save your life.  You’ve already heard about a fair bit of some of the strange critters in prior lessons and briefings, but there’s a fair bit more to behold. 
– a snippet from The Cactus Sting Rangers’ Handbook

There is tons of fascinating mysteries and legends that are indigenous to these regions, much like the people who have long since lived here.  Some of the natives know these secrets quite well and most prefer to keep them hidden from outsiders.  Whether out of a mutual sense of racism or a fear of what might be done with such knowledge, it remains as strange as the creatures that dwell just beyond one’s vision.

Author’s Note: While a lot of classic monsters are punted around all willy-nilly, a lot of awesome creatures from various native nations often got left in the wayside.  While not exact adaptations, I wanted to highlight a few creatures that might appear in a Weird Western type game (or regions a little outside of that, which I started to do with some creatures that have origins in Mexico, the Appalachian mountains, the northern states/Canada and then some).  And what better creatures to show up than the folklore and stories of the Americas?  For the time being, this will close out the “Weird Western” theme I’ve been doing, at least in terms of monsters.  I might be up for crafting magic items or doing something else, but we’ll see.  See the previous post for the Wendigo.

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