revenant adj. or noun. (French, from present participle of revenir to return) one that returns after death or a long absence. The undead, wandering dead, risen again. Vampires, zombies, you know the type. You've seen 'em in your local 7-11. Long-lost cousins.

If I get my way, Manx will be a revenant language! Bwa ha ha!

from the AD&D fiend folio

Revenant

CREATURE TYPE: Undead
CLIMATE/TERRAIN: Any/Any
FREQUENCY: VR
ORGANIZATION: Solitary
ACTIVITY CYCLE: Night
DIET: Nil
INTELLIGENCE: special
TREASURE: nil
ALIGNMENT: N
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 10
MOVEMENT: 9
HIT DICE: 8
THAC0: 13
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE/ATTACK: 2d8
SPECIAL ATTACKS: Yes
SPECIAL DEFENSES: Yes
SIZE: M
MORALE: special
XP VALUE: 3000
PAGE NO.: MM 302 FF 75, DRC 207

vengeful spirit risen to destroy killer, never uses weapons, strangles victim until killed, gaze vs killer save vs spell or paralyzed 2d4 rnds, regenerate 3 hp/rnd except fire, immune: acid & gas, permenant destruction by fire, cannot be raised, turned or effected by holy symbol/water, retains ability w/ min scores above

Adding to the pantheon of revenants in the annals of roleplaying, revenant families are families of vampiric ghouls in Vampire: The Masquerade, the original World of Darkness roleplaying game published by White Wolf Game Studios. Revenant families have been bred and kept by their vampiric masters for centuries or even millenia, and generations of breeding children from parents with vampiric vitae in their veins has caused revenants to spontaneously generate vampiric vitae in their systems, thus endowing them with the same supernatural abilities common to ghouls, without the need to feed on vitae from an external source as often, or even at all. Additionally, most revenants are able to learn higher levels of vampiric Disciplines than other ghouls. Revenants share the same unswerving (though sometimes misguided) loyalty to their masters.

Revenants are most commonly found among the retainers of vampires of Clan Tzimisce, and are especially common in the moldering castles of the voivodes of the Old Country. Most revenant families are Slavic in origin, having names like Bratovitch and Ducheski -- though revenants from other areas, like the Rafastio and Zantosa, do exist. The Zantosas are particularly notable, for they are believed to have guarded the body of the Tzimisce Antediluvian somewhere in the American southeast until 1997.

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