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Behavior in Life

Banshees are people whose primary Vice in life was slothfulness. The ways and reasons that this manifests varies wildly from person to person; anything from willful laziness, to untreated depression, to simple procrastination. One does not have to be excessively lazy to qualify, just more slothful than any other Vice.

Physical Characteristics

Banshees appear largely as they did while alive— at least in shape and facial features. It is primarily the coloration of a Banshee that changes. The skin tone of the person becomes pale and ashen (though this varies based on ethnicity); hair becomes bleached to white, gray, or very pale blonde; eyes become sunken, with dark circles beneath them, and irises lighten to very pale gray or blue.

Supernatural Abilities

Banshees have two primary supernatural abilities in their undead form that they (likely, at least) lacked as a living human.

Firstly, they can, at will, emit a piercing scream which causes physical pain to any non-Banshees in the immediate vicinity. It has been described as "having an ice pick driven into one's eardrum," and is effective even against the less-corporeal races of Limbo.

Secondly, they have the ability to absorb spiritual energy from other undead in Limbo (though not from Angels or Demons), though they have to be in physical contact with the victim and also maintain direct eye contact with them. Prolonged exposure to this draining effect can cause what is called "spiritual death".


Excerpt from The Book of Limbo

A BANSHEE IS ONE OF THE RESTLESS DEAD OF LIMBO WHO HAST TAKEN ON THE FORME OF A PALE CREATURE WITH A VOICE THAT CAN REND SOULS. THESE CREATURES WERE SLOTHFUL IN LIFE, AND THUS IN THE REALME OF THE DEAD HAVE TAKEN ON A FORME THAT DRAINS THE SPIRIT OF OTHERS IN A MORE TANGIBLE WAY THAN THEIR LAZINESS AND LACK OF CONTRIBUTION DID WHEN THEY WERE LIVING. THEY APPEAR AS THEY DID IN LIFE, BUT DRAINED OF ALMOST ALL COLOR; THEIR SKIN WASHED OUT TO A NEARLY TRANSLUCENT GREY OR WHITE, THEIR HAIR BLEACHED TO AN ASHY BLONDE, EYES FADED TO A NEARLY COLORLESS GREY.

AT THEIR WILL, THEY CAN DRAIN THE SPIRITUAL ENERGY OF OTHERS BY SUCKING THE LIFE OUT OF THEIR MOUTHES. THEY CAN ALSO LET OUT A PIERCING SCREAM WHICH WILL DAMAGE THE SPIRIT OF ALL WHO HEAR IT. THEY EXIST IN FRAGILE BODIES, SUSCEPTIBLE TO ALL DAMAGES OF BOTH THE FLESH AND SPIRIT.

List of Banshees

Houses of Banshee

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