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Kobold Cleaver wrote:The key flaw with becoming a vampire, though, is that it's too stupid a risk for any self-respecting mage to take. Even a sorcerer should have built up some paranoia by the time they're considering going undead. There is no way to become a vampire without initially being under the control of another...
Actually, there is.
Just use Control Undead to force a vampire with less than half your hit dice to turn you. You will then exceed its maximum control level and automatically become free willed.
Or when the 1 minute/level control undead spell wears off, you are already dead. The now uncontrolled vampire, knowing what you are attempting, then destroys your body sometime in the 1d4 days it takes you to come back from the dead as a vampire.
Fits perfectly with the last line of the spell.
Intelligent undead creatures remember that you controlled them, and they may seek revenge after the spell's effects end.