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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 afflicted, or blessed depending on one's viewpoint, by the curse of vampirism. Amongst their own kind, true vampires use the slang term full-blood to distinguish themselves from those they consider lesser but associated beings, for instance, vampire spawn or dhampirs.
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Types of Vampire
There are four distinct primary types of vampires.
- These vampires are created when a creature is buried without the proper ritual and has an unfulfilled grudge or wish.
- 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.
- These ancient vampires can no longer reproduce and are on the slide to extinction. Some obscure and dangerous rituals can create nosferatu.
- Evil children buried improperly in unholy land sometimes rise as vetala.
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.
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.
Vampires of Golarion
- Audbrey Aldamori, a roving aristocratic vampire who preys on the aristocracy around the Inner Sea region
- Galdyce, the aged viscount of the Ustalavic county of Amaans
- Jhalhasef, a broker between the traders of Merab and the ghouls of Nemret-Noktoria
- Chancellor Kemnebi of Geb, and several other members of the Blood Lords
- Luvick Siervage, ancient lord of the well established vampires of Caliphas
- Ristomaur Tiriac, the ancient ruler of the Ustalavic county of Varno, who desperately seeks a cure for his vampirism
Popular gods for vampires to worship include:
Major Vampire Deities
Less Common Vampire Deities
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