Thursday, April 23, 2015

A to Z of Vampires: Tenatz

Let's head back to Eastern Europe and check in with the Tenatz, the vampire of Bosnia and Montenegro.  The tenatz is another corpse that comes back from the dead. In this case it is an evil spirit, though some books claim the spirit of the person can come back to their own body if they are strong willed enough and evil enough.

The tenatz rises from his grave after sunset and will change into a mouse to enter a person's home.  Unlike some species of vampire it does not need permission to enter if it enters in mouse form.  As a mouse it can't be killed.   It will crawl up to a living person and feed on their blood.

The tenatz is one of the weakest vampires, it's attack does not drain any ability and only does blood loss damage.  It's main defense is it's resistance to magic.  Tenatz have ar +2 vs any magical based attack (fire ball, lighting bolt, etc).

In their "human" form their skin is grey, regardless of the color it had been in life, and they have red, goat-like eyes.   This is the form they will be found in when roaming about at night outside or in their graves.  The tenatz must return to their grave before sun rise or be destroyed.

To destroy a tenatz you must find it's coffin and bring it out into the sunlight.  The body must be burned to ash.  The tenatz is powerless in the daylight.

The tenatz is repelled by holy symbols and garlic.  Running water will also kill them.

Armor Class: 5 [14]
Hit Dice: 6d8+3** (30 hp)
No. of Attacks: bite
Damage: 1d4+1 +1d6 blood drain
Special:  +2 saves vs. Magical attacks
Movement: 30’
No. Appearing: 1
Saves As: F5
Morale: 8
Treasure: None
Alignment: Chaotic Evil

Tenatz are lone vampires. They cannot make more of their own kind and it is rare to see more than one in an area.
Tenatz are turned as mummies.


Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

In one way it seems sad they can't make more of their kind, but then, monster, so yay! :) A demon mouse you can't kill - sounds like a home-owner's nightmare!
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Anonymous said...

When you said they turn into mice, I was reminded of the ones that got into my apartment and STOLE MY CHOCOLATE! Still mad about that. Little buggers. LOL

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Running water? I'd leave the bathtub water running all night.

Donna B. McNicol said...

Interesting....thanks for the visit to my blog, too. :1

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Vampire mice! Ack!


J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting facts, first time hearing about the Tenatz. Scary stuff being able to change its form.

AJ Lauer said...

They turn as mummies? That's interesting. Does it have to be formal mummification or an it be regular decaying mummification?

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Sophie Duncan said...

Demon-mouse, or grey-skinned human - it doesn't have much luck on the allure front ;)
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Jeremy [Retro] said...

Tom and Jerry [vampire mouse]... interesting thought and great post. Now I am thinking about cartoons with an extra balance of violence.