I went back through our posts to refresh my brain on our crowd-sourced adventure. Apart from the quick blurb we had for the “Park and Deadly Tree”, our last post was July 31st!
I’ve been reading through “The Folklore of Discworld” and it mentioned banshees (banh sidh) as horrible spirits who herald the coming of Death. If you’ve not read Discworld novels, Death is the anthropomorphic representation of Death… and He loves cats. That’s why they have nine lives.
Given the Gallows in the courtyard area, and the amount of death and corruption, there should be a banshee or two wailing through the night to terrify the players. A ghostly visage, combing her long white hair, wailing at the coming of Death. This undead would fit wonderfully into this area of the adventure. The party could mistakenly believe the banshee is responsible for the petrified apple attack that is coming from the tree.
The banshee could even be harmless. It’s merely the herald of Death, not the cause of it. However, they are vengeful spirits. As told in the Folklore of Discworld, (I’m paraphrasing) “A man stole the banshee’s comb and it haunted him until he returned it. He put the comb on the end of a pitchfork and put it through a window. The banshee took the comb and the pitchfork. The pitchfork was a twisted mangled mess outside the house.”