by Brian R. James
A vampire is one of the most feared adversaries an adventurer can face. Their ability to subvert your will or drain your blood are terrifying to even the most stalwart souls. But now you can fight back as a dhampyr -- a hero with the blood of a vampire ancestor flowing through your veins. This article gives you everything you need to play a dhampyr and introduces a new mechanic -- the Bloodline feat -- that doesn’t force you to give up your character's race.
A creature between the world of the living and the dead, the dhampyr is shrouded in secrecy and harbors a fierce bloodlust. A rare crossbreed with several of the powers of a vampire and none of the weaknesses, a dhampyr is thought to be born of the union of a vampire male and a mortal female. The truth is that such hybrids are far more common than many folk think.
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About the Author
Brian R. James is a freelance game designer working exclusively for Wizards of the Coast. His credits include Open Grave, The Grand History of the Realms, and Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. He lives in Montana with his wife and four children.