Vampire, Jiangshi

Jiangshi are a race of Vampires native to Di.

Unnaturally strong and fast, though weakened by sunlight, jiangshi can hop great distances and must be invited into homes like other Vampires. If the wards nailed to their heads are removed, they suffer rigor mortis.


Ability Score Increase. Your Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, and Charisma scores each increase by 1.

Age. Vampires, including the jiangshi, are forbidden from turning children, so most are adults. They are ageless.

Alignment. All vampire races follow the laws of a secret society made up of their kind. They value the traditions and hierarchy of this society over any other. Within this structure, many jiangshi are selfish and wicked, treating mortal beings as lessers. Jiangshi are neutral or evil with a lawful bent.

Rarity. Rare.

Size. Jiangshi can come from almost any common living humanoid. Your size is Small or Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 feet.

Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness within the same range as if it were dim light. Absent even dim light, this vision is monochromatic.

Bite. You have fangs, and so your unarmed strikes can deal ld4 piercing damage. Your bite has the light and finesse weapon properties, and you have proficiency with it.

Charming Gaze. You can cast the friends cantrip without material components. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for it.

Drink Life. When you bite, if your target is living and is grappled by you, incapacitated, restrained, or willing, it takes ld4 necrotic damage from your bite. Each round when you deal this damage, you can spend 1 Hit Die to regain hit points. The target’s hit point maximum is reduced by an amount equal to the necrotic damage taken. This reduction lasts until the target finishes a long rest. The target dies if you reduce its hit point maximum to 0.

Forbiddance. You can enter a residence only with an invitation from one of the occupants.

Jumper. Double the distance you can jump.

Living Corpse. You are a humanoid, but your undead nature gives you the following traits.

  • You are immune to disease, and you have resistance to poison damage. Also, you can add your proficiency bonus to saving throws against being poisoned. If you have proficiency in such a saving throw, your proficiency bonus is doubled against being poisoned.
  • You need not breathe.
  • You are vulnerable to radiant damage.
  • Although you can be healed as if you’re humanoid, and the raise dead spell works on you (returning you to “life” as a vampire), you are otherwise considered to be undead whenever it is detrimental for you.

No Reflection. Your image does not appear on reflective surfaces.

Restless Thirst. You must consume life force to survive. To benefit from a long rest, you must have dealt at least 5 necrotic damage with your bite since finishing the previous long rest.

Running Water Vulnerability. Immersion in a body of rapidly moving water larger than you deals you ld4 acid damage the first time you enter it on a turn, and each time you end your turn in it thereafter.

Sunlight Vulnerability. You have disadvantage on attack rolls and Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight when you, your target, or what you’re trying to see is in direct sunlight. In addition, being exposed to direct sunlight deals you ld6 radiant damage the first time you enter it on a turn, and each time you end your turn in it thereafter.

Warding Scroll. You have a warding scroll on your head. Only a creature that has proficiency in Arcana and succeeds on a DC 20 Intelligence (Arcana) check knows what this object, which appears to be decorative, does and how vulnerable you are without it. Your scroll grants you resistance to damage you take from your vampire vulnerabilities. If you are restrained or incapacitated, a creature can use its action to remove your scroll. A creature that has you within reach and succeeds on a Sleight of Hand check (DC = 8 + your Dexterity modifier + your proficiency bonus) can also remove your scroll. While your scroll is removed, you awaken if asleep and have the poisoned condition. After your scroll is separated from you, destroying it is as easy as tearing a strip of paper. You can make another warding scroll in 1 hour, but you cannot benefit from any rest until you do.

Languages. You speak, read, and write Common and one other language. Most jiangshi learn Shadowtongue.

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