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The Bloodspawn

July 9, 2009

The bloodspawn are a race meant to satirize ‘goths’, particularly the sort of people who idolize vampires. Please do not take offense if you are a goth (I have also made material satirizing computer scientists, if it makes you feel any better.) In particular, there is nothing wrong with adopting the goth subculture, though I do find the ‘vampire’ kids strange, to say the least.

Relatives of vampires who struggle to do good despite being touched by evil. Yep, another one of those.

Bloodspawn

Racial Traits
Average Height: 5’3” – 6’1”
Average Weight:
120 – 200 lb.

Ability Scores: +2 Constitution, +2 Charisma
Size: Medium
Speed:
6 squares
Vision:
Low-light
Languages: Common, choice of one other
Skill Bonuses: +2 Stealth, +2 Religion
Body of Death: You have resistance to necrotic damage and poison damage equal to 5 + one-half your level
Steal Life: You have the steal life power.

Steal Life Bloodspawn Racial Power
Tapping into your vampiric heritage, you take life out of a victim
Encounter
Immediate Reaction – Personal
Trigger:
You hit an enemy
Effect: Gain 5 temporary hit points.
At level 21, this increases to 8

In a sense, bloodspawn are related to vampires, though vampires don’t breed true. They are the product of a vampire attempting to create a spawn, but for some reason, failing. These spawn and their descendants become bloodspawn, creatures that, while not predisposed to evil, are hated and feared by many because of their pale skin, bloodshot eyes and pronounced canines. Bloodspawn often become adventurers because that’s a line of work where no one cares where you’ve come from, just what you can do. Plus they sympathize with tieflings and drow really well.

Play a bloodspawn if you want…

* an excuse to be emo and there’s already a tiefling and a drow in the group
* to have a cool accent
* to play a warlock, bard, or ironically, paladin.

Physical Qualities

Bloodspawn look like humans, although they tend to be either extremely thin or very buff. They also tend to have features that humans would consider handsome or beautiful, though in cases they will have pronounced, sharp noses as well, possibly alongside high, arched and large eyebrows. Additional distinctive features include very pale skin, eyes that are often bloodshot or sometimes entirely pink, and large canine teeth that, in some cases, show even when the mouth is closed. They also have archaic fashion senses and tend to dress in pajamas a lot, and ritualistically paint their faces, often with dark lines around their eyes. Even the males. Especially the males.

Playing a Bloodspawn

Bloodspawn tend to be loners, so even once they’ve joined up with an adventuring party they will often volunteer for the mission to scout ahead, or be the person to stay behind in the camp preparing the meal while everyone else goes into the city to shop. In any case, they love to be alone, but they especially love to have people hear about how much they want to be alone. They also like soliloquizing, theoretically to themselves but actually to whomever will listen. Chief topics include their brooding inner angst and how dark the world is, along with the incapacity of others to “get it” or “get their pain.” Extra points for throwing in something about how they’ve broken off their kinsmen and as such are shunned by them at the same time the rest of the world fears them. They often get what they want, if they truly do want to be left alone.

Bloodspawn reasons for joining up with an adventuring party in the first place aren’t as strange as one might think at first. After all, there’s no use in sulking unless someone knows about it.

Bloodspawn Characteristics: Sulking, brooding, angsty, hot-tempered, cold, secretive, etc

Names: Draco, Dracul, Alucard, Edward Cullen or just about any name out of an anime.

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