The NPC Corner: Iscariote Prospero

(Made this bad boy back in 2011, haven’t used him in a campaign yet)
(DISCLAIMER: This NPC requires the Planar Handbook, Libris Mortis, and The Book of Vile Darkness to be used properly)

Hair draping over his face, this gaunt figure clad with various damaged holy symbols of known gods and some of long forgotten ones shambles forward with dark intentions.

Iscariote Prospero “The Defiler” (CR 21)

Male Human Vampire Defiant (Planar Handbook) 10, Lifedrinker (Book of Vile Darkness) 10

NE medium undead (augmented)

Int +9 Senses Darkvision 60ft; Perception +34

Aura Divine Interference (DC 25 + Spell Level) 30ft.


AC 44 (+11 Armor, +5 Deflection, +5 Dex, +1 Dodge, +6 Natural, +6 Shield) FF: 39 Touch: 21

HP 290 (20d8+200) Fast Healing 5

Saves Fort +30; Ref +22; Will +24 (+9 against divine spells)

Defensive abilities channel resistance +4, Divine resistance, Divine Cancelation 10/day, Nondetection DR 10/Magic and Silver; SR 25 against divine spells;Immune Undead traits, Divine Damage immunity; Resistance Cold 10, electricity 10

Weaknesses Vampire Weaknesses


Speed 30ft

Melee Slam +29 (1d4+15 plus energy drain)

Special Attacks Blood drain, children of the night, create spawn, dominate (DC 29), energy drain (2 levels DC 31), Aligned Strike 2/day, Divine Prevention (DC 29), Divine Retribution, Blood Revel.

Defiant Special Abilities 1/day heals 90 points of damage, 1/day Tongues, 2/day dismissal, 3/day plane shift.

Lifewell Abilities (Iscariote begins a fight with 3d10 points in his Lifewell), Special Attack Boost (empower) (4 points), Blood Servant (10 points), Boost Defenses (2 points), Special Attack Boost (Maximize) (6 points), Greater Invigorate (Variable)


Str 30, Con -, Dex 20, Int 17, Wis 16, Cha 29

Base Atk +14; CMB +24 (+28 grapple); CMD 39 (43 vs grapple)

Feats Improved Unarmed Strike, Improved Grapple, Greater Grapple, Improved Energy Drain (Libris Mortis), Life Drain (Libris Mortis), Ability Focus (Energy Drain), Great Fortitude, Iron Will, Step Up, Following Step, Step Up and Strike. Alertnessb, Combat Reflexesb, Dodgeb, Improved initiativeb, Lightning Reflexesband Toughnessb.

Skills Perception +34, Stealth +36, Sense Motive +34, Bluff +40, Knowledge (Planes, Religion, Arcana) +11, Spellcraft +11

Languages Common, Celestial, Infernal

SQ Divine Disavowal, Divine Interference, change shape (dire bat or wolf, beast shape II), gaseous form, shadowless, spider climb, greater blood drain. Life drain and Improved Energy Drain (Each time Iscariote bestows a negative level he deals an additional 9 points of damage per negative level bestowed, in addition he gain a cumulative +1 bonus on ability checks, skill checks, attack rolls, combat maneuvers and saving throws for one hour).


Mithril Breastplate +5, Buckler +5, Ring of Protection +5, Belt of Giant Strength +6, Headband of Charisma +6, Cloak of Resistance +5, Amulet of Mighty Fists +5

Many centuries ago a young Iscariote served a forgotten god of goodness and righteousness as a cleric, for years he traveled the world spreading the good word, until he saw fit to visit his family at his hometown. This was the time he saw his hometown burnt to the ground, it was nighttime and he saw the ones that cause the horror he saw before him. It was a clan of vampires that came to feed on the townsfolk and then decided to set the town ablaze. The leader of the clan was quick to act and convinced Iscariote that his god had abandoned him and his people, that his god could have stopped the vampires but he did not. This vampire lord told Iscariote about the path of the defiant, a path of denying worship to the gods, and cutting all connections to the divine. As the years passed, Iscariote grew in power, he decided to kill his vampire lord and regain his free will. Now a free willed vampire, Iscariote seeks to rid the world of religion.

Adventure hook

Across the country there are rumors of a powerful vampire destroying churches and killing followers of any god, he has only spared divine spellcasters that do not follow any god, and those that denounce their allegiance to any god.

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