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Vampire
A vampire feeding
(Creature)
Type Undead
(augmented)
CR +2
Environment Any
Alignment

Source: Pathfinder Bestiary, pg(s). 270-271

A vampire is an intelligent undead creature which feeds off the blood of the living in order to prolong its unnatural life[1] afflicted, or blessed depending on one's viewpoint, by the curse of vampirism.[2]


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Types of Vampire

There are four distinct primary types of vampires.[3]

Jiang-shi
These vampires are created when a creature is buried without the proper ritual and has an unfulfilled grudge or wish.
Moroi
This most common vampire is what most people think of by default when a vampire is mentioned. They are created by other moroi, serving as slaves until released or upon the death of their master.
Nosferatu
These ancient vampires can no longer reproduce and are on the slide to extinction. Some obscure and dangerous rituals can create nosferatu.
Vetala
Evil children buried improperly in unholy land sometimes rise as vetala.

Origin

Vampires on Golarion share a common ancestor, the strigoi, who came from the Plane of Shadow for reasons lost to history. The Whispering Way believes a necromancer opened a portal to bring strigoi to Golarion. These original strigoi no longer exist, having either died out—all evolved into one of the current varieties of vampire—or returned to their home plane.[3]

Nosferatu evolved first, driven to rage by their hunger and decay. Some of these adopted the traits of their human prey, pretending to nobility and youthful exuberance, becoming the moroi. Those that rebelled against drinking the filthy blood of lesser beings nearly starved out, but eventually evolved into the vetala. Strigoi who hibernated for hundreds or thousands of years wake up, driven by their desires, and are now jiang-shi.[3]

Vampires of Golarion


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Religion

Popular gods for vampires to worship include:[5]

Major Vampire Deities

Less Common Vampire Deities

Dhampir

Dhampirs are almost without exception the progeny of a male vampire and a mortal woman. There are five dhampir 'heritages' depending upon the type of vampire spawning the half-breed:[7]


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