TSR 9355 RR5 Van Richten's Guide to Ghosts

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    CreditsDesign: William W. ConnorsEditing: Dori the Barbarian Watryh o d u c t Coordination: Tim othy B. BrownCover Art: Robin WoodInterior Art: Robert Klasnich & Stephe n FabianTypesetting: Gaye OKeefeProduction: Sarah feggestad

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    Introduction ...................... 4Chapter 1 Types of Ghosts ............Magnitudes of Power .................. 8Physical Consistency .................11

    Physical Appearance ................. 13Origins of Ghosts ................... 16Anchors ........................... 22Conclusion ........................ 25Triggers ....... .............. 24.ipter 11: Ord y Powers .......... 6

    .nsubstantiali.. ..................... 26Invisibility ......................... 28Rejuvenation ....................... 28Immunity .......................... 29

    Magic Resistance .................. 29Biological Spells .................. 29Unique Immunities ................ 31

    Racial Abilities ..................... 31Class Abilities ...................... 31Creation of Undead .................. 31

    Chapter 111: ExtraorA%ry Powers ...... 2Accelerate Aging ................. 32Cause Despair ...................... 33CauseFear ........................ 34Cause Paralysis ..................... 34Cause Revulsion .................... 35Causewounds ...................... 36Charm Animals ..................... 36Charm Persons ..................... 37Command Undead .................. 37Create Illusions ..................... 37Dominate Victims ...................8Drain Abilities ...................... 39Drain Energy ....................... 40Drain Memories .................... 40Entrance Victims .................... 41Inhabit Bodies ...................... 42Inhabit Objects ..................... 42Keen ............................. 44Lure Victims ....................... 44Perform Telekinesis .................. 46Resist Magic ....................... 46Conclusion ........................ 47

    Chapter IV:Vulnerabilities............48Ordinary Vulnerabilities .............. 48

    Holy Water ....................... 48Turning Undead ................... 49Holy Symbols .................... 50

    Extraordinary Vulnerabilities ..........51Allergens ........................ 51Magical Spells .................... 52Personal Effects ................... 59

    Special Weapons .................... 60Forged Weapons .................. 60Enchanted Weapons ............... 60Specially Constructed Weapons ......61

    Chapter V:Speak with the Dead ........ 2Types of Mediums ................... 62Focus Mediums ................... 62Guide Mediums ................... 63Host Mediums .................... 63Regression Mediums ............... 64Sympathetic Mediums .............. 65Trance Mediums .................. 66False Mediums ................... 68Locating and Hiring a Medium ......... 70Through Recommendation .......... 71

    .By Reputation .................... 72Through Advertisement ............ 73

    Sources of a Medium's Power ..........74Studied Abilities .................. 74Incidental Abilities ................ 75

    Lifestyles of Mediums ................ 78Aloof ........................... 78Calculated ....................... 78Morbid .......................... 79Nomadic ........................ 79Reclusive ........................ 80Unworthy ........................ 80

    TheVistani ... .................... 81

    By Sensitivity .................... 73

    VI: Investigating a Haunting ....841 he Phantom Army .................. 84Picking Up the Scent ................. 87Stalking the Beast ................... 88

    DM's Appendix ...................92Making the Kill ..... . . . . . . . . . . 0

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    written records, the comings andgoings of spirits have been noted.Some are described as lights orrecognizable shapes in thedarkness. Others seem to be real,but ar e nothing more than imagesof light-as incorporeal as they ar eunliving. They come in all mannerof shapes and sizes. Theyundertake macabre missions andhave any number of motivatioh.Most are evil, some i ndi ffe ree anda few good and kind.them all. I shall share withIn this work, I shall exami

    may be enough t o keep youthen I pray even more that

    lave lived a lon&flfe.%jiot end soon. 1 am- all the storms I havthat the black shroud ofacross me. When it doea life that was long andrewards. I have done much gcertain. I shall face the grave

    Erasmus and then murdered my dear wifeIngrid, I vowed I should devote myself t o theutter annihilation of all his diabolical kind.what I have become a t the cost of losing myfamily. At that time, however, I was a muchyounger man. I meant only that I should battlethe dread vampire in all his shapes-that I

    The sorrow, of course, is that I have become

    should seek their every lair and see to it thatthese monsters were destroyed. I did notunderstand the scope of my quest then. Totrack down and destroy all the vampires in althe worlds that I now know of is an impossibltask-but I have never hesitated.No single man can do all that I have set forto do. It is my hope, however, that, by placingwhat I know in a series of books, I will aid thowho would follow me on my quest. If you havseen the eyes of death looking at you, if youhave heard a feral hiss in the darkness, if youhave known the terror that awaits, then youknow the importance of my work. I offer youmy heart, my prayers, and-mostimportantly-my knowledge.

    In the three decades that have passed sincethe death of my wife and child, I have traveledmuch. 1 have seen horror in all its shapes. Ihave faced monsters that could only haveissued forth from the deepest pits of evil. Inevery case I have been tempered by themeeting. Those I destroyed filled me with theenergy to continue in my holy work. Those thescaped my vengeance left me the wiser fo reach such encounter. (Never again, I vowed,would I be a s short-sighted in a future meetinThose that defeated me-and there have beenmany despite my undeserved reputation fo rinvincibility-have left me stronger fo r thewounds inflicted upon me.

    How many times have I been driven tode aths door by the creatures of darkness? Icannot say. But in every instance I wasdetermined to battle back from the injuries 1suffered and to have my revenge. I am apeaceful, merciful man, but such vengeance isweet indeed.

    The Thundering Carriageow did I, a devoted vampire hunter, comto be an enemy of the incorporeal undeaH s well? The inclusion was not a difficul

    one. It began on a cold autumn night inLamordia. I was close on the trail of a vile

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    I call the child vampire.The detailsmy encounter with that dark beast are

    elsewhere (see RRl,Darklords),so II happened upon a lonely country

    , the Thistle C Bonnet. The place was sothe darkness approaching so fast

    I bade my companions stop. We discussede matter briefly, and then decided to spendnight.

    The innkeeper, a cheerful fellow with theof Bellikok, s a w to our everyHe presented us with a great feast of a

    l, and never seemed at a loss for some cleveror anecdote to move theon along at a merry pace. In all, aAll that changed, however, as the gleaming

    rang ten. No soonere last chime died than a look of concerncross merry Bellikoks face. I feared thatgrown il l and moved to comfort him. I

    m a physician, I said. Is there anything I canfor you?For an instant he seemed taken aback by mycrossface and let out a short laugh. Would thatsir, he breathed.

    Seeing that my companions were a s curiouss 1 about the cause of his sudden change of

    I bade him continue. Dropping his headhat he looked only upon the floor and note innkeeper did as I

    ow and distant, like thunder looming on theI cocked my head and, a s he had said, I didof a coach in thethere seemed nothing unusual

    for the night, I offered himconsolation. Surely you have room forher guest?

    Do you hear th e sound of that carriage, sir?

    undaries which divide Life fromat best shadowy and vague.WQ hall say where one ends, andother begins?- dgar Allan Poe

    The Premature BurialTdes of Mystery and ImaginationI .

    As the sound drew nearer and nearer, hebecame more agitated. That conveyance bears,he hissed. No,

    rides forth from thess itself. I know not

    ut I know what comesmove to the windows.

    saw an eerie glowtoward us. It seemincredible speed andsuch as I have on1wreathed with St.Suddenly the horrific conveyance was uponus. It flashed past our window at a speed Iwould not have thought possible. I had only thebriefest of looks at the thing, but its impressionis forever set in