[RPG] Can vampire-bitten corpses be affected by the Resurrection spell before they rise


I'm creating a story with a custom vampire spellcaster (MM 297), and I want her to use the gentle repose spell on her victims, to prevent them raising as vampire spawns because she buries them in her family crypt as trophies.

Gentle repose

You touch a corpse or other remains. For the duration, the target is protected from decay and can't become undead.
The spell also effectively extends the time limit on raising the target from the dead, since days spent under the influence of this spell don't count against the time limit of spells such as raise dead.

Of course, the objective for the PC's is to find and kill her, and they will also discover all the corpses she hid in the crypt.
Can the PC's resurrect the victims with the resurrection spell? What happens to the bite effect that raises vampire spawns from a dead person, if that person is no longer dead?

Bite effect

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

Resurrection spell

[…] This spell neutralizes any poisons and cures normal diseases afflicting the creature when it died. It doesn't, however, remove magical diseases, curses, and the like; if such effects aren't removed prior to casting the spell, they afflict the target on its return to life. […]

(Please note that I specified the resurrection spell, and not the true resurrection one, because the true one removes any kind of disease or effect anyway)

Best Answer

They can, with a catch and a few assumptions.

The only way RAW I could find to resurrect the victims using the Resurrection spell is by first casting Greater Restoration in order to remove the effect of the vampire's bite (since the victims are not vampires yet), and then cast Resurrection. The Resurrection spell on its own would fail, since the bite is still in effect. This would need to be done within 10 days, as otherwise the effects of Gentle Repose would go away and the victims would rise as free-willed vampire spawn.

This however, assumes that the vampire's bite, or at least it's health reduction component is a magical curse, that Greater Restoration can be cast on a corpse that is soon to rise as an undead without intervention (on the same principles that sleeping creatures are nevertheless creatures, even though the victims in the case would be temporary corpses if left unattended), and that Greater Restoration covers vampirism (assumption made from lycanthropy being able to be cured by Greater Restoration).