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A Banshee (BÆN-shee[4]) was a female undead phantom[5], a selfish, strong-willed spirit that embodied the essence of hideousness.[6] They delighted the death to any living creature.[citation needed]

AppearanceEdit

A banshee didn't have a defined shape rather a misty form[5] with vague and flowing features[6] that mirrored her former form in life. As time wore on a banshee became more and more distorted, though still was recognizable as a humanoid. In the same way a banshee retained a shadow of her former appearance, she was also able to speak and understand the same language with which she was fluent in life.[7]

Although their shape was incorporeal the appearance of a banshee was horrific, and their mere presence would draw the energy from their surroundings to the point of stunting local floral growth.[7]

CombatEdit

Banshees hated all living things with an unholy fury; they could sense life approaching them and would attack anyone who trespassed in their territory. Along with their terrifying visage, the mere touch of a banshee would drain her victim.[7]

The banshee's most feared weapon was a piercing wail that was as harmful as any material weapon.[6] This scream was deadly to almost all who could hear.[7]

Notable BansheesEdit

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AppearancesEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 23. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, and Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 30. ISBN 07-8692-873-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 13.. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  4. Frank Mentzer (January 1985). “Ay pronunseeAYshun gyd”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #93 (TSR, Inc.), p. 25.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 229. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 230. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Ed Bonny, Jeff Grubb, Rich Redman, Skip Williams, Steve Winter (September 2002). Monster Manual II 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 30. ISBN 0-7869-2873-5.