Saturday, April 11, 2015

A to Z of Vampires: Jigarkhwar

Let's head back to India and deal with another different sort of vampire.  This time it is a vampiric witch known as the Jigarkhwar.  This undead creature had been an evil witch in her previous life.  No she is a monster.

Armor Class: 8 [11]
Hit Dice: 5d8+8** (30 hp)
No. of Attacks: 1
Damage: Special
Special:  Charm, Witch spells.
Movement: 30’
No. Appearing: 1
Saves As: Witch 6
Morale: 10
Treasure: None
Alignment: Chaotic (Chaotic Evil)*
XP: 2,200

The Jigarkhwar appears as an attractive woman whether that was her true form or not.  She attacks her victims by charming them and then extracting their liver out of their bodies in a complex ritual.  The ritual, once begun cannot be interrupted and takes 5 mins.  She extracts the liver and disguises it as a pomegranate seed. She then takes the seed back to her lair where she throws it on her magical heath fire.  There it grows back to normal size and then she eats it.  Once the liver is eaten the victim dies.  If the Jigarkhwar can be captured and the seed fed to the victim his liver will rego inside him.

She can also cast witch spells as if she were a 4th level witch. However she can't use Ritual spells.

To destroy a Jigarkhwar is a complicated process. First both sides of her head must be branded. This removes her powers.  Her eyes then must be plucked out and filled with salt. She is then hung up-sidedown in an underground cavern for 40 days.  On the morning after the 40th day she will turn to dust.

The Jigarkhwar does not make more of her kind, but instead women accused of witchcraft will return as a Jigarkhwar if she was very evil.


Mark K said...

Loving this concept. Is this of your own creation or listed in an official 'monster manual' of rpg?

Recently purchased the newest edition of D&D books (Dm's Guide, Monster Manual and Player's Handbook) - the latter two are fine works (except the Halfling illustration, whichlooks like something out of a mad Irishman's nightmare - I hate it, especially as Halflings seem pretty much well established inthe eyes of rpg lore as to what they look like!)

The DM's guid on the other hand is absolutely rubbish if you are an experienced DM - and the sneaky publishers made sure you'd have to buy it by placing all the magical items/weapons and armour in it - nothing else. It's purely a book on 'how to' for beginners. A real waste of money for long-time rp players/DMs.

Great post - keep it up and good luck for the rest of the A-Z.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

I like the new edition. The DMG has to balance between new players, players coming back after many years and people like us who have been playing forever.

Given that I think they did a good job.

All these vampires are original monsters for D&D but based on myths and legends from around the world.

Sophie Duncan said...

Wow - that is complex, if that were a part of a story, I'd call it was a plot device :)
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Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

She sounds rather nasty - what happens is someone tries to interrupt the ritual - do they just fail?
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molly said...

She sounds absolutely ruthless and fairly grim. I can't help but like her a little bit