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{WH} Vampire Prestige Class! Build your own creature of darkness in 5 class levels.

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Children of darkness and dread magic, sired by ancient evil. Night-borne parasites feasting on the lifeblood of pitiable mortals. Tragic protagonists, their every moment tempted and tortured by a dark and antediluvian curse.  

Found across a limitless number of worlds and settings, vampires are known to most either as a malign fable which warns of the dangers of the night, or as a terrifying and monstrous reality, skulking in every shadow and stalking the living with unending hunger.

Through a thirst for power or a particularly unfortunate twist of fate, your players may be able contract the eternal curse of vampirism, and unlock its sinister potential.

Will they embrace the monster that they have become?

Will they fight tirelessly and fruitlessly for redemption?

Or will they strive to find their own way, hiding their bestial nature and evading those that would cleanse them from the land?

The Vampire Prestige Class character option grants your players access to 5 levels of vampiric power, allowing them to delve into the secrets and dark blessings of their midnight curse while still progressing in other character classes. Utilizing the rules set forth in the “Prestige Classes and Rune Magic” Unearthed Arcana article, this prestige class seeks to emulate the abilities granted by the curse of vampirism without usurping either a character’s class or race. Your character may be a vampire, but a vampire is not all that your character is.

A popular option from creator Walrock Homebrew,  an earlier version of this content has scored a 9.4/10 on /r/boh5e, a subreddit devoted to reviewing and collecting the best homebrew content on the internet. Playtested, streamlined, and refined, the Vampire prestige class remains a flavorful, balanced way to introduce vampire player characters into your game.

Open it up, check it out, and sink your teeth into this sanguine character option.  

 
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Derek S May 20, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
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I just recently purchased a pdf of your work on DM's Guild, and I must say that this prestige class is on point! I have a question though: Isn't this prestige class a bit of a glass cannon? How does this vampire go about healing himself on long, arduous situations? It seems that feeding doesn't actually heal the vampire-- only give temp HP that, by RAW, doesn't stack with future temp HP. Being an undead character, cure wounds and other similar spells don't work on the vampire. I really want to play this character, but it feels weird that I wouldn't be able to heal my character at all besides resting and perhaps a Regeneration or Wish spell (both are EXTREMELY high level spells, something a 5th-10th level character couldn't cast). Am I being wimpy and not understanding that there's HEAVY drawbacks to this class? Is there something I'm skipping over while reading? Any help would be most appreciated!

Thanks,
Derek/greyseraph
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Tyler B May 20, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
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Hey there, thanks for writing!

You're correct in assuming it's supposed to be hard for the vampire to heal traditionally through magic. The undead creature type, applied to player characters, does come with some serious drawbacks.

However, healing through rests still applies normally, and the temporary hit points aspect of your XXX attack is intended to take the edge off being in melee combat. It can be glass cannon-y, but with a required CON score of at least 13, the ability to gain tHP with every melee attack, and occasional abilities like Undead Fortitude and Mist Form to decrease the hits and damage you'll be taking, I feel like it evens out about the best I can expect.

EDIT: It's completely insane that the word "b.i.t.e" is censored and replaced with "XXX" for some reason. O_o
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April 03, 2017 6:35 am UTC
Hi man, in "preparing and casting" spell section you should add the phrase "you always have it prepared, and it doesn't count against the number of spells you can prepare each day." (like said the PHB in the section of a cleric for example).
If you don't add that simple phrase it means that you have the spell of the vampire "automatically" prepared, but they are count as part of the total number of spell that you can prepare!

"Veil of Shadow" blessing: you can attack or cast a spell without break invisibility?

In any case good job for this fantastic update! =)
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Tyler B April 05, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
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Hi there! Thanks for the great feedback.

For the spells, I'd replace the bit about "automatically" preparing spells with "Any spell on the Vampire spell list available to your level is always considered to be prepared, and does not count against the number of spells you can prepare each day." It seems overall more clear and comprehensive.

Good catch with Veil of Shadow as well, the intent is for it to break on attacks and spells. Don't know how that was omitted, but it'll be added in short order.
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