Dhampir

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Dhampir

Dhampir share vampire and human ancestry - progenies of both horror and tragedy. The vampirism of the dhampir cannot be cured. Their corruption is inherited and can lie dormant in the family tree for generations. Most dhampir trace their roots back to the two great vampire houses of Grandfather Josiah and Grandfather Bela in the Wolfshaunt. With the opening of the Wolfshaunt in March 903 TA, the frequency of dhampir in the Eastern Reaches has increased significantly.

While many dhampirs can pass as humans in ideal conditions, their features are inevitably more pronounced and they move with an unnaturally fluid grace. Tall and slender and with well-defined musculature, dhampirs look like statuesque humans of unearthly beauty. Many possess a ghastly pallor and elongated incisors. Not true vampires, dhampir possess some of the traits of their forebearers but not others. For example, dhampir have darkvision, a resistance to the undead, and a sensitivity to daylight. They cannot drain blood, transform into bats, or create spawn. Dhampir are mortal creatures, despite possessing a supernatural longevity akin to that of elves.

Most dhampir tend to live solitary lives as exiles and outcasts despite their exquisite features and innate charm. Prejudice, mistrust, fear, and persecution are commonplace for them. Dhampirs keep few, if any, close companions. However, even with those they feel attached to, most dhampirs are sullen and reserved. Some fear the persecution heaped upon them may be transferred to their companions, whereas others worry their own bloodlust will one day overwhelm them and they’ll inadvertently turn upon their friends.

The life of an adventurer comes naturally to most dhampirs, since constant persecution condemns many to spend their days wandering. Dhampirs keep moving to maintain their secrecy and evade lynch mobs, some seeking to discover their parentage or return to the Wolfshaunt. While formidable fighters and rogues, dhampir also show a penchant for spellcasting - especially necromatic pursuits. Most dhampir shun positions that put them in the public eye.