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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 10:20 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 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 01:16 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 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.
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