Heroes of the New Day
The Vryloka aren’t so much a race unto themselves, or at least they don’t recognize themselves as such. They consider themselves human… human human human. They exist in small villages that have had histories of vampiric influence, but they still think of themselves as human. Sure, they may have tendencies that trend more towards the things the vampire masters of legend did… but that doesn’t stop them from being human, does it?
Vryloka are common in areas that have had lengthy “interactions” with undead… specifically vampires. There are several Vryloka villages in the Nentir Vale, for instance, for that area was once the undead kingdom of Atramor. Vryloka adventurers are frequently seeking to escape the past of their hometowns, and may even lie about where they came from to avoid that stigma. Though they are paler than most humans, they frequently make a big deal of enjoying their time in the sun and doing other specifically non-vampire things (eating garlic, crossing running water, etc).
Most random folks on the planet would have no idea what you were talking about if you mentioned the Vryloka. In fact, the term “Vryloka” was only recently (70 years ago or so)coined by the great Elven sage Greenwood when he set about trying to catalogue the resurgence of humanity in a region after the vampire lord Vrylok had been defeated. His portmanteau term coined to describe a town that was made largely of half-blooded descendants of this vampire has been used, for lack of a better term, throughout the academic community, and has even found its way into the most recent version of Von Richten’s Guide to the Undead (as a footnote, but still…).
In the end, though, Vryloka cannot deny their dark heritage. It is a cross to bear, but it’s better than being a vampire, isn’t it? Then again, there are those Vryloka on the other side of the fence… the ones who actually embrace their dark side and go out to become vampires. But let’s not talk about them, okay?