V is for Vampire

I've never really been a fan of vampires, although I did enjoy Interview with a Vampire, and I think it was one of the better vampire movies out there. Then along came Twilight, with all its teenage angst, romance, and the pop culture frenzy... and vampires fell off my list of cool monsters entirely. It's a shame, really, because vampires really do have the potential to be awesome villains - you just have to make sure your D&D vampires don't sparkle.

A few random ideas for incorporating vampires that might wind up in my current campaign:

  • A thieves guild run by vampires is converting local leaders and business owners in order to stifle any resistance to their plans.
  • A particularly lazy vampire has charmed a swarm of stirges, who go out and hunt for him. When they return, he plucks one from the swarm, drinking both the stirge's blood and the blood of its most recent victim.
  • A vampire has traveled to the Dalelands to raise an army of undead. His goal is to retake his homeland from the humans who ousted him centuries ago.

Random Side Note: Whenever I've had a bad day at work and I come home moody, my wife always repeats the first line of the Smashing Pumpkins song, "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"... the world is a vampire. I don't know what that has to do with RPGs, but I couldn't write this post without including it. Hahaha

This month, as a participant in the A-Z Blog Challenge, I'll be writing a post each day (except for Sundays) and letting the alphabet guide my content. Thematically, all of my April posts (at least those related to the blog challenge) will be monster related. Each day, I'll be challenging myself to create an encounter, NPC, location, etc. that features a monster I've never used before in a roleplaying game. Hopefully this will push me to include more variety in my current campaign, and who knows... maybe I'll find a few new favorites.

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