This post outlines a vampire hunter character background for your Land of Vampires campaign.
The suggested background for the vampire hunter has the character originating from Tor’stre Vahn in Azuria, but you can change that origin to Steymhorod or another place in Azuria as you see fit.
There are many who wish to ignore the monsters disguised beneath the veneer of civilization . . . but not you. You’ve spent your adult life studying creatures who hide in plain sight, with specialization in those that drift along the borders between the wilds and organized settlements like vampires and werewolves. Most of your training occurred among the Hunters of Tor’stre Vahn, those sworn to serve the ancient city of Andel-ce Hevra or perhaps you fell into this path after devastation struck your family, and one who had undergone a similar loss adopted you into their cunning, close-knit fold.
Skill Proficiencies: Intimidation, Perception
Tool Proficiencies: Tracker’s Kit
Languages: One of your choice
Equipment: A leather journal containing notes of your past hunts and your prey’s habits and proclivities, a tracker’s kit, a set of traveler’s clothes, and a pouch containing 10 gp
This kit contains a variety of instruments such as mechanical traps, wooden stakes, holy water, shards of silver, and measuring implements for gauging size and type of bite. Proficiency with this kit lets you add your proficiency bonus to any ability check you make to identify or study tracks, bite marks, and lairs of civilization-adjacent monsters like vampires and werewolves.
Feature: Cautious Respect
You’re accustomed to whispers following you as you walk through a tavern or along the streets of a new town. Your presence is often a harbinger of approaching disaster if it hasn’t already reared its greedy head. However, your bravery and intensity also draw like-minded assistance to you. Victims’ families are quick to offer you aid; tavern owners recognize the boon you’ll bring to their evening’s business. Local law officials are less predictable, but when they do come to rely on you, the situation is dire enough that you have their full support. If only everyone could be so open-eyed about the hidden dangers of the world, the monsters that walk under the light of the full moon and beneath the full brightness of the sun.
Years of study have granted you a great deal of knowledge about the creatures you hunt and their patterns. You’ve seen where their variances lie between one environment and another. But it is the witness you’ve paid to the aftermath of their dark deeds—the smoldering villages, slaughtered families, decimated lives—that has truly shaped you. The horrors you’ve seen have carved hollows behind your eyes. Few understand the separation between fear and hatred, action and reaction, like you do.