[RPG] What happens to vampire spawn when the vampire is slain


In D&D 5e there are enemy vampires that can bite a human-like person to create vampire spawn.

If the players kill the vampire, what happens with the vampire spawn that were created by that vampire? Do they die, return to full life, stay vampires, or something else?

Best Answer

They remain vampire spawn, but free from the creator vampire's control

MM p. 253:

Born from Death. Most of a vampire's victims become vampire spawn- ravenous creatures with a vampire's hunger for blood, but under the control of the vampire that created them. 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. Few vampires are willing to relinquish their control in this manner. Vampire spawn become free-willed when their creator dies.