Vampire

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Vampire
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A Soublight Vampire Lord.
Grand alliance Death
Associated factions Flesh-eater Courts
Grand Host of Nagash
Legion of Sacrament
Legion of Blood
Soulblight
Origins Nagash's creations
Type Undead

Vampires are one of the most powerful types of Undead that can be found throughout the Mortal Realms.

There are two main types of vampire in the Mortal Realms:

Biology

Unlike most other undead, vampires retain all the intelligence, will, ambition and desires from their lives. This means that, unlike them they can continue to grow and learn, spending their immortal lives perfecting skills and honing plans and schemes.[4]

Soulblight Curse

Mortals who are transformed by the Curse gain many benefits - unnatural strength, incredible resilience and of course immortality, yet they become subject to the insatiable need to feed on fresh blood. If the thirst is not temporarily quenched, then the vampire can become little more than a mindless monster, only seeking to feed the predatory urges. [2c]

Across the Mortal Realms, there are many legends about such creatures, some spread by the vampires themselves – few are accurate. The light of sun does not cause a soulblight vampire to immolate although some despise or even fear its light. A fast flowing river is not a source of worry and the old wives tale that scattering the seeds of the sourwort plant is more likely to provoke laughter. [2c]

Bloodlines

There are four main bloodlines of vampire, each of them with a specific affinity:[1] [2d]

  • Dragon Warriors with superior combat skills.[1][2d]
  • Lords of Night with the ability to more easily influence their minions.[1][2d]
  • Necromantic with the ability to cause fear and superior wizardry.[1][2d]
  • Swift Death with superior speed and agility.[1] [2d]

Some vampires continue or assume the trappings of nobility whereas others such as the tribal chieftains of the Realm of Ghur are savage and bestial, bearing huge fangs and covered in heavy course hair. Those that dwell in the Parching Wastes of the Realm of Aqshy are almost skeletal, pale skinned and with knife like talons. The lords and ladies of Nulahmia and other such strongholds of their kind compete in political games of subtlety that make take centuries to play out. [2c]

Transformation

Vargheists are the bestial heart of the curse – huge bat winged abominations that are much larger than their civilised cousins – closer to the dark mirror of the Abhorrant Ghoul Kings. They do not sip the blood of the chosen from jewelled chalices, but rather tear their prey apart and lap up the spilled blood. Should a soulblight vampire go too long without blood, he or she may revert to this form and there is no way to return – some vampires impose this as a punishment on wayward kin. Yet even these monsters can be revered – as with the Avengorii Dynasty in the Realm of Ghur whose champions undergo the mas'ranga ritual willingly. [2c]

Lands of the Undead

Throughout the Mortal Realms, vampire rule over a variety of lands, some where the mortal inhabitants are nothing more than cattle, others where they are integrated into the complex social structure - although of course the soulblight vampires remain at the pinnacle. [2c]

Notable

Sources

Sapient Races of the Mortal Realms
Mortals Aelf (IdonethScáthborn) • Ba'halDragon Ogor (Shaggoth) • DuardinFimirFomoroidGargantHumanOgorOgroidSlannSeraphon (Chameleon SkinkKroxigorSaurusSkink) • Skaven (Rat Ogor) • Troggoth (DankholdFellwaterRockgutSourbreathSulphurbreath)
Gor-kin Bullgor (CygorGhorgon) • CentigorGor (PestigorSlaangorTzaangor) • Ungor
Greenskins Grot (ScuttlingGnoblar) • OrrukSnotling
Spirits Aelementor (Spirits of the Mountain) • SpiteSylvaneth (Forest FolkNoble SpiritsFree SpiritsOutcasts)
Undead MalignantMordantReanimant (Morghast) • SkeletonVampire
Daemons Daemon PrinceFuryKhornate (BloodletterBloodthirster) • Nurglite (Great Unclean OneNurglingPlaguebearer) • Slaaneshi (DaemonetteKeeper of Secrets) • Soul GrinderTzeentchian (Gaunt SummonerHorror of TzeentchLord of Change) • Verminlord
Other AetarDracothGholemkindKelpdarMerwynnMindstealer SphiranxSankritSilent PeopleStardrakeValay
Flesh-Eater Courts
Units Abhorrant (Archregent - Ghoul king) - Courtier (Crypt Ghast - Crypt Haunter - Crypt Infernal - Varghulf) - Crypt Flayer - Crypt Ghoul - Crypt Horror - Royal Terrorgheist - Royal Zombie Dragon
Characters Atheldade - Carrion King - Fangheart - Galan - Gloomheart - Goretalon - Gristlegob - Horgloom - Maldoros - Marrowthirst - Prince of Crows - Shovergore - Skinless Sultan - Splinterblood - Splinterbone - Thyador Durenstein - Urglom - Zernmeister - Grymwatch (Crakmarrow - Master Talon - Night's Herald - Royal Butcher - Valreek)
Grand Courts Blisterskin - Gristlegore - Hollowmourne - Morgaunt
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Soulblight
Units Abyssal Terror - Bat Swarm - Blood Knight - Bloodseeker Palanquin (Sanguinarch - Spectral Host - Tomb Banshee) - Coven Throne (Pallid Handmaiden - Spectral Host - Vampire Queen) - Fell Bat - Nightmare - Vampire Lord - Vargheist - Zombie Dragon
Characters Adhema - Ahalaset - Annika - Aylessa - Cyssandra - Dessina Avaranthe - Doyenne Dalvia - Emalia Grimsour - Evered Halorecht - Giraldus - Harkdron - Harrowgheist - Helvir - Jedefor - Karya Treveign - Kemsit - Kritza - Mannfred - Markus - Mathas Hellezan - Mereneth - Naaima - Nagen - Nagra Halorecht - Neferata - Raia - Shordemaire - The Blood Dragon - Velaza Bentessas - Varkos Varactyr - Venzor - Vhordrai - Vinhela - Vorst Treveign - Yessanna - Zhlatomir
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