An ashen grey willow with pale leaved tendils obscuring it's gnarled trunk. Sitting in the mire of great swamps, rare even in it's natural environment. The Banshee Willow's bark is known to have magical properties. Travelers beware, these trees seem to attract ghosts and other unsavory undead.
The grey-white, down-hanging tendrils of the Banshee Willow give it it's name. The tree is difficult to find, even in the boggy marshes of it's natural environment. Travelers beware, for these trees seem to attract ghosts and other unsavory undead.
The Banshee Willow seems out of place in contrast to the dark hues of swamp, almost otherworldly. Spirits of the dead seem to linger near, drawn to the magic of these ashen willows.
The truth is, the Banshee Wiilows exist as anchors, bridging the physical and shadow realm. Many Geistspeakers craft their staves out of Banshee Willow to amplify their powers.
An ancient Banshee Willow acts as the source of a powerful curse that afflicts a nearby village. The dead do not remain dead, but instead become zombies that can speak but no longer control their decaying bodies. Cursed to witness the deaths of their family, friends, and fellows, the heroes are contacted/asked to save them all and let their souls move on in peace.
The village of Ashen's Fall has always seemed to attract an eclectic bunch of spirits and undead. The village was named after an epic battle that took place on the south end of town. Thousands perished as the old kingdom of Ashen made its last stand and lost hundreds of years ago. There are priests permanently assigned to the village because it is such a nexus of paranormal activity and undead creatures that move through their small streets and bustling market.
Over the years a Banshee Willow has grown deep in the woods north of the town. Over time its power has expanded and drawn restless spirits and even animated skeletons from the battle of Ashen's Fall. They are raised from the battlefield in the south and make their way north...directly through Ashen's Fall.
Perhaps a whole grove of these grow within The Field of 10,000 Skulls and explains why it is so haunted.
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i like the visual, and the tree being an anchor between the living and spirit world. I would like some more meat on these bones though. The Geistspeakers sound cool, and I also like the many uses that the wood of this tree would lend itself to.
Straightforward idea. Would like to see more specific / original game mechanics or plot devices.
Got my juices running.
Glad that they are! I've been wanting to tie more of these loose concepts together and your ideas are certainly helping out.
I like this.
This is a goal idea, a nice idea seed