Today let's return to the "home" of vampire legends and myths, Romania and pay a visit to the Zburător.
|Max Ernst's Une Semaine de Bonté 1934 collage.|
Despite being very fast and very strong the zburător is a stereotypical "lover and not a fighter" they will flee if faced with violence or great numbers. If forced to attack the creature will use a weapon or attempt to charm his way out.
The zburător is a shape shifter. It can become dust, mist, or flame to escape capture. It can also fly.
Though different than other vampires, the zburător has large bat-like wings that grow out of his back that he can hide when needed. These wings are strong and can carry the vampire and his victim. This creature can also teleport (as per the spell) back to his lair once per night. Additional spell like powers include the ability to charm person, hypnotize, cause fear and phantasmagoria.
Like many vampires the zburător is destroyed by sunlight, is repelled by garlic and holy items, casts no reflection or shadow and can only be harmed by silver (or magic) weapons. Additionally garlic or wolfsbane can be spread on windows or made into garlands or wreaths to hang on windows to keep it out.
AKA: Zemu, Zmeu
Frequency: Very Rare
No. Apperring: 1
Size: Man-sized (M)
Armor Class: 3 1
Basic: 180' (60') / Fly: 210' (70')
Advanced: 18" // Fly: 21"
Hit Dice: 9+4 (45 hp)
% in Lair: 50% (coffin by day)
Treasure Type: Weapon + Blood Drain
Damage: Weapon + Blood Drain
Special Attacks: Per Vampire; Blood Drain
Special Defenses: Only killed by silver or magic weapons or sunlight
Save As: Magic-user 92
Magic Resistance: 25%
Alignment: Chaotic evil
Level/XP: 9/4,250 + 12/hp
STR: 21 INT: 10 WIS: 10 DEX: 21 CON: __(13)4 CHA: 235
1 Descending and [Ascending] Armor classes are given.
2 This is used for Basic games, and S&W. Also for monsters that I think need to save a little differently than others.
3 Morale is "Basic" Morale and based on a 1-12 scale.
4 Have not decided yet if I want to use 3.x style undead Constitutions or not. (15) Reflects what their Con would be if I do use it. I might just put a number in () like I do for Ghosts of Albion.
5 obviously more reflective of personality and character than looks.
The zburător is the prototype of the "suave, sexy" vampire.
I have seen these type of vampires in other mediums, sometimes called "Dark Angels". While they are better looking than other vampires and typically do not fight, they do prey on weaknesses; young girls looking for a 'dream lover' and widows longing for a companions touch. They still leave a trail of bodies where ever they go.
They are still popular enough to have a recent film made about one. "Ultimul Zburător" or "The Last Incubus" focuses more on the "Dark Angel" aspect of this creature.