What is a Banshee in Pathfinder 2e? Banshees are the furious, tormented souls of elves bound to the Material Plane by a betrayal that defined the final hours of their lives. Some banshees arise from elves who were slain by trusted friends and allies, or whose loved ones betrayed them on their deathbeds. Others spawn from elves whose treacherous deeds shortly before their deaths left a stain upon their souls. Regardless of their origin, banshees despise the living. This hatred of life is all too often a horrific inversion of their personalities in life. Some speculate that the more kind-hearted the elf (and the more wrenching the betrayal), the crueler the banshee.
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Banshees rarely stray far from where they perished and typically haunt thick forests and canopied swamps where little light graces the ground. Many banshees can be found in the elven nation of Kyonin, specifically in Tanglebriar, the sinister domain of the demon Treerazer. Similarly, a large number of banshees can be found lurking about the edges of drow settlements in the Darklands, as plenty of cruelty and betrayal exists in drow culture. Banshees’ mere touch inflicts pain and primal fear, and those exposed to their wails of grief rarely survive the experience.
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The Banshee’s Blossom
The gardens of Rosegate are renowned for their beauty. Yet, a particular rosebush is avoided, as a banshee’s cries emanate from its petals. The banshee, Rosalind, was a gardener poisoned by a rival. Adventurers are hired to explore the garden’s maze, confront the banshee entwined with the roses, and bring her murderer to justice.
The Enchanted Ember
In the city of Flamecrest, a banshee’s cries emerge from a magical flame that never extinguishes. The banshee, Emberlyn, was a fire mage betrayed by her apprentice. Adventurers are tasked with approaching the eternal flame, deciphering Emberlyn’s fiery runes, and seeking justice for the banshee’s betrayal.
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The Sunken Sonata
Sailors speak of a banshee’s wails echoing from the Sunken Cove, a place where many ships have met their end. The banshee, Maris, mourns her lover lost at sea. Adventurers are hired to navigate the treacherous waters, confront the banshee amidst shipwrecks, and help Maris find peace by locating her lover’s remains.
The Banshee’s Belltower
The town of Bellhaven is known for its historic belltower. Recently, its chimes are accompanied by a banshee’s cries. Legend speaks of a bell ringer, Clara, who fell to her demise from the tower. Adventurers are sought to ascend the haunted belltower, communicate with Clara’s banshee spirit, and uncover the mystery of her tragic fall.
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The Banshee’s Bridge
The Stonecross Bridge, connecting two major cities, is now avoided by travelers due to a banshee’s nightly wails. Legend says the banshee is Annora, a maiden who leapt from the bridge after a heartbreak. Adventurers are sought to cross the haunted bridge, communicate with Annora’s spirit, and help her find closure from her tragic past.
The Eclipsed Elegy
During a rare lunar eclipse, the town of Lunarglen is paralyzed by a banshee’s powerful lament. The banshee, Selene, mourns a celestial lover who vanished during a similar eclipse. Adventurers are hired to decipher the celestial event’s significance, confront the banshee under the eclipsed moon, and reunite the star-crossed spirits.
The Silent School
Whisperwind Academy, a prestigious school of magic, is in turmoil. A banshee’s cries disrupt magical experiments, and students are falling ill from the sorrowful energy. The banshee is believed to be a former student, Elara, who vanished during a forbidden ritual. Adventurers are tasked with navigating the academy’s arcane corridors, uncovering the ritual’s secrets, and freeing Elara’s trapped spirit.
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