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I was looking at the Vampire and Vampire Spawn entries in the monster manual, and a little blurb in the green box next to Von Zarovich's note talks about player characters becoming vampire spawns, then vampires. The step between living human and spawn is simple enough...

A humanoid slain [with a vampire's bite] and then buried in the ground rises the following night as a vampire spawn under the vampire's control.

The step between Spawn and Vampire, however, seems a lot more fuzzy. How, exactly, does one make the transition from spawn to full-fledged vampire?

I'd prefer RAW, but i'll also take RAI or a homebrew option in its absence.

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The step from Spawn to Vampire is described on page 295 of the Monster Manual as:

If a true vampire allows a spawn to draw blood from its own body, the spawn transforms into a true vampire no longer under its master's control.

Interestingly enough, that suggests that any true Vampire can promote a Spawn, not just the Vampire that created the Spawn.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Huh, must have missed that one. I'll need to tag that for future reference. Got a page number for that? \$\endgroup\$ – Amusable Bman Oct 27 '15 at 1:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ Nevermind, found it myself, on a second look. In case anyone looks at this in the future, it's page 295, under "Born From Death" \$\endgroup\$ – Amusable Bman Oct 27 '15 at 1:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ @AmusableBman Thanks for asking this question btw, it gave me a great story idea! (Rival vampires freeing each others' servants.) \$\endgroup\$ – Miniman Oct 27 '15 at 1:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ Depends on how much a vampire has control over its spawn... "Don't drink other vampires' blood!" and it's all over. \$\endgroup\$ – Mouhgouda Oct 30 '15 at 15:49

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