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5E Suitable adventure for a PC vampire

jayoungr

Hero
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About a year and a half ago, I introduced a friend's daughter to D&D. The very first thing she asked for in her very first game was to play a vampire. I convinced her to try a drow instead (which she enjoyed), saying that a vampire would be a more advanced option. She's been playing enthusiastically since that time and has really learned the game, so I told her that for her 13th birthday (in about five weeks), I'll run a game where she can play a vampire. I found a third-party vampire-as-class writeup that I think will work well.

But I'm trying to decide on the best type of adventure to use. I'm wondering whether an all-vampire party would be the best way to go? If not, should I at least ban PC clerics and paladins, so no one gets ideas about inter-party PVP?

Does anyone know of any published (EDIT: one-shot) adventures that would work well with a vampire PC? Or in general, what kinds of stories do you think would work well?

I'm feeling stumped, so any brain-jogging you can provide would be appreciated! :)
 
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MarkB

Legend
Tough question. There are a lot of different ways of playing vampires as a 'species', and within each there are a whole range of individual vampire characters. A lot will depend on the character's motivations. Plus, it's a group game, so you want vampire-friendly, but not necessarily vampire-centric.

I'd be tempted to say Curse of Strahd, simply for the irony factor, and it would certainly have some potential.

Out of the Abyss would be a simple way to run an adventure without ever having to worry about "but what about daylight?"
 

iserith

Magic Wordsmith
I'd be very hesitant to run a game involving PC vampires for a kid, so I think here I'd incline toward something comical like trying to gather the necessary parts and expertise to complete a sun-blocking machine a la Mr. Burns. It's a straightforward enough objective with multiple sub-quests to get it done to which the vampire's abilities may be useful (depending on the character options available in the class write-up). All the while, the vampires are being hunted by some inept vampire slayers with silly names like Von Yellsing who you can always hear coming because he talks too loudly.

I'd try my best to avoid real horror or opportunities for things to go dark. Except when they complete and deploy the sun-blocking machine, I mean.
 

jayoungr

Hero
Supporter
I'd be tempted to say Curse of Strahd, simply for the irony factor, and it would certainly have some potential.

Out of the Abyss would be a simple way to run an adventure without ever having to worry about "but what about daylight?"
Thanks for your suggestion! I should have clarified that I'm looking for a one-shot adventure, not a whole campaign. I've edited my original post to reflect that.

I'm definitely open to non-WotC-published adventures, by the way.
 


robus

Lowcountry Low Roller
Supporter
What is it she likes about vampires in particular? Is it the air of mystery and danger or straight up sucking the blood of helpless victims? Lording it over the local villages? I guess what kind of theme is she looking for?

Have you asked her what kinds of challenges she wants her vampire PC to tackle (and will there be a party of vampires)?

If it's just her - then perhaps her PC is wanting to join a vampire den and has to perform some challenges to prove her worthiness?
 

Oofta

Title? I don't need no stinkin' title.
She steps out into open, bursts into flames and dies a horrible death while you give a maniacal laugh and yell "That's why you don't play a vampire!"

Or ... well just about any adventure would work. Just give the group a heads up that there's going to be a vampire in their midst and ask them not to mist her. Paladins don't have to be good, not all clerics turn undead or have better use for turn undead. Maybe the rest of the PCs don't even know she's a vampire. Give her some cool vampire powers and let her figure out how to deal with the rest of the party.

Or have a ghoul's night out. Everybody is some classic monster such as vampire, werewolf, flesh golem or other undead Might be more work than you want to do for a one-shot but it could be a lot of fun. Put a twist on it that they were all just a bunch of kids going out trick-or-treating and found themselves transformed and have until dawn to figure out how to undo the spell.
 

jayoungr

Hero
Supporter
The game is starting to take a bit more shape. Looks like we may have an all-vampire party, and the group has also specified that they want a spooky adventure. I will probably end up just writing a short five-room dungeon for them, but I could still use some inspiration:

What would scare a vampire?

Note that they asked for a spooky adventure, so "sunlight" or "paladins" won't fit that request. They want to be dark heroes fighting something even darker.
 


aco175

Hero
Undead always make more evil bad guys that something else. You could have a necromancer creating shadows that are stealing townsfolk. The vampires want to save the folk to later use for food.
 


jayoungr

Hero
Supporter
Just in case anyone's interested, here's what I ended up doing. (The PCs were level 3, by the way.)

I ran a scenario based around this puzzle that I found on YouTube:


The party was traveling and the vampires were getting hungry, so when they spotted a settlement up ahead, they expected to be able to snack on some villagers. However, when they got there, they found the place deserted. They followed a trail into the woods, where they found a ruined castle with the obelisk in the center. The necessary items for the statues were in chests scattered about the ruin. (I was able to borrow some terrain for this part, which the players really liked.)

Once they solved the obelisk puzzle, it sank into the ground, exposing a staircase leading downward. At the bottom of the stairs, two dire wolves guarded a door leading into a huge underground laboratory. In the lab, a mad scientist was brewing up some kind of experiment, with the villagers in cages waiting to be his test subjects. He had a tentacled abomination (stats of a gelatinous cube) for a bodyguard. The PCs saved the villagers and then bit a few of them.
 
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Retrieve an artifact holy symbol from the arctic circle on the summer solstice.

Edit: darn, forgot "guarded by a militant order of armored-polar-bear Paladins"


What would scare a vampire?
Note that they asked for a spooky adventure, so "sunlight" or "paladins" won't fit that request.
Spooky is relative.

But, fine, the Vampires are pursued by an obsessive FBI agent convinced that they're actually alien hemovores abducting people in flying saucers, and he wants his sister back, or else.
 
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Tonguez

Legend
What happens when the Vampire gets hungry?

Is she the kind that will wantonly slaughter innocents or the kind that only eats bad people or will she try and resist, surviving on chicken blood?

that gives you an idea of the type of party - which then becomes your adventure motivation
1 Evil Conquerer: find a village to dominate and victims to eat
2 Superhero Adventure : Find some bad people and eat them
3 Saviour: Find ways to survive and overcome bloodlust
 

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