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Vampiric Encounter, CR 8-11. 
3rd-Jun-2005 02:39 pm
Poll #505908 Vampiric Monster

What animal would be best for a vampiric template?

Polar Bear x 3
Giant Crocodile
Giant Octopus
Constrictor Snake
Giant Praying Mantis
Monstrous Centipede
3rd-Jun-2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Definetely the giant octopus. The grapple check modifier specifically, since the vampire has to pin the foe to deal it's blood drain damage.
3rd-Jun-2005 09:48 pm (UTC) - Voted Elephant...
But I'm a little bit biased :)
3rd-Jun-2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
I suggested octopus, because I like the visual of it drifting toward the party, tentacles swirling about it. (Because it's undead, it doesn't have to worry about breathing.) And the visual of it squirting ink as it vanishes into mist.

My second choice was the camel, just because the party would so under-estimate it. And, of course, the visual of the camel using spider climb.
3rd-Jun-2005 09:57 pm (UTC)
Now I see a vision of an awakened undead camel with Point Blank, manyshot, weapon focus, and is the master of Spitting (Blood).

3rd-Jun-2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
I love the camel, actually. That one made me laugh just thinking about it. But oooh, those feats together...that would be an awesome camel, no?
3rd-Jun-2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll be the rules lawyer and say:
“Vampire” is an acquired template that can be added to any humanoid or monstrous humanoid creature (referred to hereafter as the base creature).

Now that that's out of the way...
While I like the idea of a Vampiric Octopus, I love the idea of a giant python using it's hypnotic gaze, singing "Trust is Me... Just in meeee...."
3rd-Jun-2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
I already knew that, but then, I have a rules lawyer at the table, and the point is to do something against the rules so I can throw him off guard, for once. I tire of him predicting everything because he reads these books five hours a day.

And the python is a grand concept. I love it.
3rd-Jun-2005 11:46 pm (UTC) - Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python
Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python: CR 5; Medium Undead (Augmented Magical Beast); HD 5d12+3; hp 38; Init +9; Spd 20 ft., climb 20 ft., swim 20 ft.; AC 23 (+5 Dex, +8 natural), touch 15, flat-footed 18; Base Atk +5; Grp +11; Atk Bite +11 melee (1d3+9) or Slam +11 Melee (1d6+9); Full Atk (same); Space/Reach 5 ft./5 ft.; SA blood drain, children of the night, constrict (1d3+9), create spawn, energy drain, dominate, improved grab; SQ alternate form, DR 10/silver or magic, fast healing, gaseous form, resistance to cold 10 and electricity 10, scent, spider climb, turn resistance +2; AL NE; SV Fort +4, Ref +11, Will +3; Str 23, Dex 21, Con —, Int 14, Wis 14, Cha 12.
Kaa speaks common, draconic and goblin
Skills and Feats: Balance +11, Climb +11, Hide +8, Listen +8, Spot +7, Swim +11; Alertness, Combat Reflexes, Dodge, Improved Initiative, Lightning Reflexes, and Toughness.
(Snakes have a +4 racial bonus on Hide, Listen, and Spot checks and a +8 racial bonus on Balance and Climb checks. A snake can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check, even if rushed or threatened. Snakes use either their Strength modifier or Dexterity modifier for Climb checks, whichever is higher. A snake has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.)
Blood Drain (Ex): Kaa can suck blood from a living victim with his fangs by making a successful grapple check. If he pins his foe, he drains blood, dealing 1d4 points of Constitution drain each round the pin is maintained. On each such successful attack, he gains 5 temporary hit points.
Children of the Night (Su): Kaa commands the lesser creatures of the swamp and once per day can call forth 1d6+1 rat swarms, 1d4+1 bat swarms, or a pack of 3d6 medium vipers as a standard action. These creatures arrive in 2d6 rounds and serve the vampire for up to 1 hour.
Constrict (Ex): On a successful grapple check, Kaa deals 1d3+9 points of damage.
Create Spawn (Su): An animal, humanoid, magical beast or monstrous humanoid slain by a Kaa’s energy drain rises as a vampire spawn (see the Vampire Spawn entry) 1d4 days after burial. If the vampire instead drains the victim’s Constitution to 0 or lower, the victim returns as a spawn if it had 4 or less HD and as a vampire if it had 5 or more HD. In either case, the new vampire or spawn is under the command of the vampire that created it and remains enslaved until its master’s destruction. At any given time a vampire may have enslaved spawn totaling no more than twice its own Hit Dice; any spawn it creates that would exceed this limit are created as free-willed vampires or vampire spawn. A vampire that is enslaved may create and enslave spawn of its own, so a master vampire can control a number of lesser vampires in this fashion. A
vampire may voluntarily free an enslaved spawn in order to enslave a new spawn, but once freed, a vampire or vampire spawn cannot be enslaved again.
Dominate (Su): Kaa can crush an opponent’s will just by looking onto his or her eyes. This is similar to a gaze attack, except that Kaa must use a standard action, and those merely looking at him are not affected. Anyone the vampire targets must succeed on a Will save (DC 13) or fall instantly under the vampire’s influence as though by a dominate person spell (caster level 12th). The ability has a range of 30 feet.
Energy Drain (Su): Living creatures hit by a Kaa’s slam attack or bite gain two negative levels. For each negative level bestowed, the vampire gains 5 temporary hit points. A vampire can use its energy drain ability once per round.
Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, Kaa must hit with his bite attack. He can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If he wins the grapple check, he establishes a hold and can constrict.
Scent (Ex): Can detect approaching enemies, sniff out hidden foes, and track by sense of smell.
3rd-Jun-2005 11:46 pm (UTC) - Re: Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python

Alternate Form (Su): Kaa can assume the shape of a bat, dire bat, rat, or dire rat as a standard action. This ability is similar to a polymorph spell cast by a 12th-level character, except that Kaa does not regain hit points for changing form and must choose from among the forms mentioned here. While in his alternate form, he loses his natural slam attack, and dominate ability, but it gains the natural weapons and extraordinary special attacks of its new form. It can remain in that form until it assumes another or until the next sunrise.
Damage Reduction (Su): Kaa has damage reduction 10/silver and magic. Kaa’s natural weapons are treated as magic weapons for the purpose of overcoming damage reduction.
Fast Healing (Ex): Kaa heals 5 points of damage each round so long as he has at least 1 hit point. If reduced to 0 hit points in combat, he automatically assumes gaseous form and attempts to escape. He must reach his coffin home within 2 hours or be utterly destroyed. (He can travel up to nine miles in 2 hours.) Any additional damage dealt to a vampire forced into gaseous form has no effect. Once at rest in its coffin, Kaa is helpless. He regains 1 hit point after 1 hour, then is no longer helpless and resumes healing at the rate of 5 hit points per round.
Gaseous Form (Su): As a standard action, Kaa can assume gaseous form at will as the spell (caster level 5th), but he can remain gaseous indefinitely and has a fly speed of 20 feet with perfect maneuverability.
Resistances (Ex): Kaa has resistance to cold 10 and electricity 10.
Spider Climb (Ex): Kaa can climb sheer surfaces as though with a spider climb spell.
Turn Resistance (Ex): Kaa has +4 turn resistance.
Vampire Weaknesses
Repelling a Vampire:
Vampires cannot tolerate the strong odor of garlic and will not enter an area laced with it. Similarly, they recoil from a mirror or a strongly presented holy symbol. These things don’t harm the vampire—they merely keep it at bay. A recoiling vampire must stay at least 5 feet away from a creature holding the mirror or holy symbol and cannot touch or make melee attacks against the creature holding the item for the rest of the encounter. Holding a vampire at bay takes a standard action. They are utterly unable to enter a home or other building unless invited in by someone with the authority to do so. They may freely enter public places, since these are by definition open to all.
Kaa is unaffected by running water and may cross running water without penalty.
Slaying a Vampire: Reducing a vampire’s hit points to 0 or lower incapacitates it but doesn’t always destroy it (see the note on fast healing). However, certain attacks can slay vampires. Exposing any vampire to direct sunlight disorients it: It can take only a single move action or attack action and is destroyed utterly in the next round if it cannot escape. Driving a wooden stake through a vampire’s heart instantly slays the monster. However, it returns to life if the stake is removed, unless the body is destroyed. A popular tactic is to cut off the creature’s head and fill its mouth with holy wafers (or their equivalent).
Immersing Kaa in water has no effect.
Description/Combat: Kaa is an arrogant creature who revels in his undead status. He is a cunning and dangerous foe, preferring not to engage in melee unless absolutely necessary. His favorite tactic is to pass himself off as a talking snake and attempt to befriend his chosen victim. He feigns helpfulness and kindness, all the while biding his time until he can get his victim alone. Once alone, he uses his dominating gaze to incapacitate his victim, then uses his blood drain ability while constricting. Kaa is a cold-blooded killer and never leaves a victim alive.
Kaa’s coffin is a large hollowed out log half submerged in the swamp.
3rd-Jun-2005 11:58 pm (UTC) - Re: Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python
Kaa liks to sing:

Trust in me, just in me
Shut your eyes and trust in me
You can sleep safe and sound
Knowing I am around

Slip into silent slumber
Sail on a silver mist
Slowly and surely your senses
Will cease to resist

Trust in me, just in me
Shut your eyes and trust in me

4th-Jun-2005 12:23 am (UTC) - Re: Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python
I was just about to mention the Jungle Book. I wonder what the stats for Mowgli would be ^_^
4th-Jun-2005 12:30 am (UTC) - Re: Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python
Probably a low level rogue or ranger.
Maybe an Animal Lord (From Sorcery and Steam)
He's not a druid, but he does have Animal Companions, so maybe a varient Druid or Ranger without spells, or a varient Rogue WITH an Animal Companion.
4th-Jun-2005 01:27 am (UTC) - Re: Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python
O_O. Wow.

You realize I have to use this in my game now, lol.
4th-Jun-2005 01:45 am (UTC) - Re: Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python
You are more than welcome to!
4th-Jun-2005 05:23 am (UTC) - Re: Kaa, Awakened Vampire Python
Heheh, thank you thank you. :-D
4th-Jun-2005 04:34 am (UTC)
Just try to be consistant with what the rules changes you make. I agree that a good response to rules lawyers is to change the rules. "Get your head out of the DMG and into the game, Dave. The guys over at TSR aren't running this game, I am." Unless your game is ocean themed, I like the giant snake. They have the fangs, they have the hypnotic gaze. And ancient cultures worshiped them and served them. A vampire, no matter what shape, has to have minions to attract everyone's attention, so he can snatch the mage from the shadows and from invisibility.
3rd-Jun-2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
I like "giant squid" but that wasn't on there. But the octopus will do for me. ;)
3rd-Jun-2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm partial to the croc, since they are pretty good at hiding, and function inland (as opposed to the ocean deeps).
3rd-Jun-2005 11:02 pm (UTC)
I think a vampiric elephant is hilarious :p But I had to vote for the octopus because that makes the most sense to me (an octopus that drinks blood).

Of course you could make a vampire mantis and call it Zorac ;p
3rd-Jun-2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
why do a vampiric animal when you can make a wereduck? hehe
3rd-Jun-2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm entranced by the idea of a vampiric elephant with REALLY BIG TEETH. A bite attack with reach - so wrong :)
4th-Jun-2005 12:23 am (UTC)
This raises all sorts of interesting mental images.
4th-Jun-2005 12:57 am (UTC)
How about a Vampire Bunny?

Maybe Count Drakeula, the vampire duck?

Oh, I know! A Vampire Moose! Mind You,moose bites can be pretty nasty.
4th-Jun-2005 01:29 am (UTC)
Bunnicula!! That's a great book!

4th-Jun-2005 01:52 am (UTC)
4th-Jun-2005 01:16 am (UTC)
You might as well get all the fun out of vampiric animals by making your party romp through some kind of Zoo of the Undead.
4th-Jun-2005 01:29 am (UTC)

Don't tempt me. I'm sick and twisted enough to do it. XD
4th-Jun-2005 01:30 am (UTC)
I think that is an excellent idea that I just might steal ;p
4th-Jun-2005 01:31 am (UTC)
No! MINE! It was shared with me! (j/k)
4th-Jun-2005 03:22 am (UTC)
The snake and mantis feel too obvious. Elephants would be awesome vampires. They could use their trunks to snag victims and then bite them!
4th-Jun-2005 04:56 am (UTC)
I was thinking about the mantis, which got me thinking about Mantis Warriors, which, for whatever odd reason got me thinking about the kinds of vampire critters that would really surprise or confuse player characters.

Unicorns, or ki-rin. Something tiny, like a rat, who could dominate a human to pose as the vampire. Githzeri.
4th-Jun-2005 07:04 am (UTC)
... why 3 polar bears though? ... i mean... does it take 3 polar bears to equal a camel?

i'm diggin the vampiric praying mantis...

then again a cleric giant praying mantis would just make me chuckle.
4th-Jun-2005 09:33 am (UTC)
Wise men say, a mighty warrior can defeat a trio of polar bears, but the scorn of a single camel can fell any mere mortal.
4th-Jun-2005 09:32 am (UTC)
Monstrous centipede can't get no love ...
4th-Jun-2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the vampire animals (although I think Kaa, as listed above, rocks) ... but I have, in the past, borrowed a leaf from White Wolf and basically turned Ghoul into a template that can be put on anything. Ghoulish Wargs, oh yes. Ghoulish Dire Bears, why not?
5th-Jun-2005 04:08 am (UTC)
I dunno, for an arctic adventure I think the imagery of a polar lumbering out of the billows of a snow storm, the blood from its last kill sullying the shaggy white fur around its face and mouth, would be pretty sweet. And I think a polar bear is more a loner animal, as polar bears are just badass, and badasses don't do the group thing. That's just me though.
5th-Jun-2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
badasses don't do the group thing

6th-Jun-2005 05:32 am (UTC)
That's just me.
6th-Jun-2005 03:42 am (UTC)
The Polar Bear, Elephant, Giant Mantis, and Centipede would all get a few rounds from an Ithaca 37 ‘Steakeout’ 12 gauge that would stop them dead in their tracks. A Vampire Camel would make me cry from laughing but once it came to bite everything would go back to Steak and Bake time.

As for a Giant Octopus….We are talking about those huge things (what are they like 70 ft long or something like that?). Yeah I would not want to come across one much less if it had vampire like abilities.
6th-Jun-2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
In the tradition of nontraditional monsters and in memory of "Night of the Leapus" and "Bunnicula" and "Harvey" I would like to nominate a giant bunny.
I can just see a nice, friendly, cuddly bunny delivering the neck bite.
6th-Jun-2005 12:33 pm (UTC) - Oh?!
I see kergillian has beat me to it. I second the motion.
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