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12-27-2003, 07:25 AM #1
Here is an example of how I would use shamanic principles to deal with an
attack by the Banshee.
1) Your player’s character believes he alone and making his way to a temple for
a holiday festival or some other important journey appropriate to the
character. On his way past a bridge that crosses a river that flows from a
lake, he finds a young noble girl crying. She claims she was walking with her
grandmother and got lost. The PC should bring the girl to some safe place
where the grandmother appears and invites the PC to their home. If the PC is
not inclined to follow the course of the dream, there are two checks to be
made. First, try to tie the girl’s welfare into the purpose of the journey.
The religious festival will not be auspicious if the girl is neglected.
Perhaps if that doesn’t fit, she may identify herself with a name that connects
her to a principle the PC wants to impress. She claims when asked that she is
the principle’s niece. She is lying. Second, if the PC still resists, he
should make a Will save of a DC that is sufficiently hard that the PC only has
a roughly a 25% chance to make the check. If that is made, the PC should be
told that he is dreaming, and despite his will, his dream is going on without
his control. To avoid doing this the player needs to make a lucid dreaming
check DC 20. Controlling your dreams is a difficult task to perform. If the PC
ends up bringing the girl to safety, the grandmother appears and invites the PC
back home. Again, use internal logic to persuade the player first. Dreams
often offer explanations, though many of them are unconvincing to a wakeful
person. Second the Will save. Finally the lucid dreaming check. At the home
of the girl the mother comes downstairs and greets the PC and thanks him. She
is dressed all in white (or if the PC is not familiar with the background of
the Banshee, she can appear to be her normal self and the child’s persuasion is
her connection to the ruler). After some small talk, the child suggests that
her mother take the PC as her bridegroom. The mother agrees and orders a feast
prepared. The PC again may reject this course of action, but should be
restrained if possible by persuasion, Will checks, and lucid dreaming. His
opportunity for escape must wait for a second. The feat he should find out is
the Banshee’s former bridegroom, who is butchered and cooked for the marriage
feast. Only now should the PC’s attempts to escape what is obviously a bad
situation occur unobstructed by heavy-handed DM intervention. Here are some
suggestions. The girl (having power in her own right) appears uneasy and if
the PC asks her for help, she carries him off to safety by flying away with him
while mother turns to give directions. The PC could try to fight his way out,
but in addition to the Banshee, the grandmother and the daughter are powerful
entities who can assist the Banshee. Fighting should result in the capture of
the PC, the Banshee and allies should be more than a match for the PC. The PC
might try to Bluff his way out or use other persuasive skills. If the PC has
an idea for escape that doesn’t rely on confronting the Banshee, it should be
possible to make an escape. The dream isn’t over. If the PC opted for
confrontation and lost, or whether he escaped and is in a safe location this is
the end phase. The Banshee appears again (or has defeated the PC) in the
refuge and demands his marriage. At this point, another player (priestly or
spirit-aware) is told that the PC is under attack in the dream world. It’s
very dangerous to awaken a person at such a moment because his spirit could be
captured if he does not possess it in the dream. The priest should cast spells
to drive away the harmful spirit or at least aid the PC. The Banshee should
not be defeated but if she is magically driven away the priest ally can wake
the dreamer. If the Banshee can be persuaded that the PC is now being aided by
a magically powerful ally “on the other side” (i.e. in the waking world) the
Banshee will withdraw threateningly.
This dream can be repeated, and the PC may recognize that this is a dream
earlier but unless he is a skilled lucid dreamer, its not going to be easy to
escape and must run through the dream and hope that his priest ally can
intervene. A prepared priest (right spells memorized) might appear in the
dream by passing into the ethereal plane and confront the Banshee directly with
banishing spells. You can work in any agendas you want with regard to the
Banshee that effect the regular gaming world. That might be name dropping or
outlining a plan she intends to take. If the PC is able to avoid helping the
girl in the first place, go to the end phase where the Banshee attacks, but her
anger is over the refusal to help the child not the scorned marriage.
2) In the first case, the PC was restricted by the nature of the dream state,
in this example, he is enabled. The PC is engaging in some normal activity
near water. It should be something the PC would expect to be doing and so not
immediately suspect a dream. Upon the water is a fisherman in a small rowboat
or canoe. What the PC does not observe is that the fisherman’s eyes are on his
knees, so he can see the PC while his head is not oriented towards to PC. The
fisherman has a curious method of fishing since he uses a bow and arrow. The
sound of the arrow’s flight is strange, a bit louder than most flights. At
some point, the fisherman (Banshee) sees the PC and fires an arrow, as the
arrow approaches the arrow’s loud scream is the scream of the Banshee. The
arrow automatically hits, the PC makes a Will save to resist the death blow of
the arrow. When the PC awakes, they have a bruise where the arrow struck them
in the dream and have lost a temporary level and d3 points of Con. This dream
is liable to recur, and the damage is temporary. If the PC saves against the
attack, or the dream happens again, the will seek to attack or take cover. If
they attack, they do normal damage and the Banshee does her death attack. If
the PC attempts to take cover, he can do extraordinary things if he makes a DC
10 lucid dream check. He can create cover where there was no cover, he can fly
away, hide underwater without running out of breath. With a DC 15 lucid
dreaming check the PC can change form (become a fish, bird, &c) and escape.
Skilled lucid dreamers would use the next step to change the dream and go on
the attack against the Banshee, but depending on the changes being made these
can require DC 20 or 25 checks or if they confine, banish, or otherwise
eliminate the Banshee the lucid dreaming check is a DC 20 check, and the amount
over 20 is applied as a DC for the Banshee’s Will check.
In the long run, the PC should look into wards and protections against dream
attacks. These are perfect, they tend to require a Will save be failed on the
part of the PC just to initiate the dream and may confer bonuses to certain
actions the PC takes during the dream. Other kinds of wards and protections
may be spell storage devices or long lasting spells.
The Banshee (and other dream spirits) normally don’t attack any more after a
sound defeat in a dream or by wards.
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