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15th Aug '16 3:50:51 PM Goldfritha
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They are also prominent in Irish legends, where many of the more well-known banshee stories come from, as being a type of fairy typically connected to a single family. Their screams were due to mourning for members of the family who was about to die, which often served to inform others of their loved one's death. There have been stories of banshees haunting families even as late as the 19th Century.

In modern fiction, along with the above-mentioned sonic attack, they are usually depicted as a type of undead or ghost, in contrast to their original origins as a type of TheFairFolk. A clue to their origin can be found in their name; ''bean sídhe'' can be translated as "fairy woman".

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They are also prominent in Irish legends, where many of the more well-known banshee stories come from, as being a type of fairy typically connected to a single family. Their screams were due to mourning for members of the family who was about to die, which often served to inform others of their loved one's death. There have been stories of banshees haunting families even as late as the 19th Century.

Century. And, as often in the original folklore, the fairy woman might be explicitly described as a ghost; TheFairFolk were a little unclear about the edges.

In modern fiction, along with the above-mentioned sonic attack, they are usually depicted as purely a type of undead or ghost, in contrast to their original origins as without a type hint of TheFairFolk. A clue to their origin can be found in their name; ''bean sídhe'' can be translated as "fairy woman".
15th Aug '16 3:39:26 PM Goldfritha
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They are also prominent in Irish legends, where many of the more well-known banshee stories come from, as being a type of fairy typically connected to a single family. Their screams were due to mourning for members of the family who died, which often served to inform others of their loved one's death. There have been stories of banshees haunting families even as late as the 19th Century.

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They are also prominent in Irish legends, where many of the more well-known banshee stories come from, as being a type of fairy typically connected to a single family. Their screams were due to mourning for members of the family who died, was about to die, which often served to inform others of their loved one's death. There have been stories of banshees haunting families even as late as the 19th Century.
26th Jul '16 11:15:28 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' gives us two different varieties of Banshee, the only sentient species on the Disc that evolved natural flight. There's the civilized type, which typically wails when someone is about to die (the one we meet has a speech impediment, so he just slips a note under their door). Then there's the feral variety, which are the reason for the legend--they ''also'' wail when someone's about to die, but in this case it's generally because they're cutting out the middleman and hunting you down themselves. The two we've seen (one of each) are both male.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' gives us two different varieties of Banshee, the only sentient species on the Disc that evolved natural flight. There's the civilized type, which typically wails when someone is about to die (the one we meet has a speech impediment, so he just slips a note under their door). Then there's the feral variety, which are the reason for the legend--they ''also'' wail when someone's about to die, but in this case it's generally because they're cutting out the middleman and hunting you down themselves. The two we've seen (one of each) are both male. The civilized one hung out with the local undead support group; it's never really established if he was undead himself or just spending time with the other outcasts, but the term is rather broad in that universe in any case (including werewolves and bogeymen for example).
26th Jul '16 12:23:22 PM SebastianGray
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' Eldar have a unit of berserker called Banshees that self-identify as female regardless of biology, armed with high frequency emitters that allow them to stun their prey with screams. They actually kill them with shuriken pistols and power swords, which are, for eldar, fairly conventional.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has banshees as a unit in a Vampire Counts army, ghostly creatures with a demoralising scream attack.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has Creator/GamesWorkshop games:
** In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}, the Eldar Aspect Warriors of the Howling Banshee shrines take on the image of the
banshees as a unit in a of Eldar myth who were said to be the heralds of death an ill-fortune. The Howling Banshees go to war wearing masks that contain psychosonic amplifiers that magnify their battle cries into piercing screams that can destroy the minds of their foes.
** In TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}, the
Vampire Counts army, ghostly creatures with banshees are ethereal undead whose screams can stop the hearts of weak willed enemies. Depending on the edition of the game, banshees either act on their own or lead units of wraiths.
** In TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar, Tomb Banshees are
a demoralising part of the Nighthaunt hosts, swarms of ethereal undead that plague the mortal realms. The Tomb Banshees themselves are the souls of women who have been slighted and betrayed who have returned to the Mortal Realms to take revenge on the living. Their piercing scream attack.is enough to freeze the life of any they encounter.
19th Mar '16 2:22:17 PM JustinCognito
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* Banshees in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' are elven vampires (well, [[OurVampiresAreDifferent elven victims of the HMHVV virus]]). They aren't really much for screaming, but they do feed by using their EmotionEater powers to induce fear and drive people to exhaustion.



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22nd Nov '15 6:58:25 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* Henry Cowell's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaIByDlFINk "The Banshee"]] utilizes a technique of plucking and scraping against the strings of a piano in order to mimic a banshee's wail. The piece is also reminiscent of a [[PyschoStrings certain other horror music trope]].

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* Henry Cowell's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaIByDlFINk "The Banshee"]] utilizes a technique of plucking and scraping against the strings of a piano in order to mimic a banshee's wail. The piece is also reminiscent of a [[PyschoStrings [[PsychoStrings certain other horror music trope]].
22nd Nov '15 6:58:03 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* Henry Cowell's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaIByDlFINk "The Banshee"]] utilizes a technique of plucking and scraping against the strings of a piano in order to mimic a banshee's wail. The piece is also reminiscent of a [[PyschoStrings certain other horror music trope]].
12th Oct '15 2:28:26 AM WanderingBrowser
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* Likewise, banshees in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' are straight out of the D&D mold, since Dragonlance was written to popularize a D&D setting. The most noteworthy banshees in that setting are the three former elven clerics who sabotaged Lord Soth's quest to stop the Cataclysm, since they were part of [[CantArgueWithElves the elf supremacist conspiracy]] that led to it, in the belief that they could ''force'' the Gods of Good to empower them to wipe out all evil races. Because of that, they are {{curse}}d to constantly tell the story of how their own blind arrogance led to the destruction of the old world and their own damnation.
25th Jul '15 2:02:31 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Often mistaken for {{goth}}, Wrestling/{{MsChif}}'s is a MetalHead banshee, a {{guttural growl|er}}ing, ScreamingWarrior with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green hair]].

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* Often mistaken for {{goth}}, Wrestling/{{MsChif}}'s is a MetalHead banshee, a banshee. A {{guttural growl|er}}ing, ScreamingWarrior with [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair green hair]].
23rd Jun '15 11:46:45 PM DeathsApprentice
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* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', [[spoiler: Lydia]] is eventually revealed to be one. This comes with the ability to sense death and a piercing scream although, thus far at least, the scream is more of an extra effective "help someone's trying to kill me!" alert than an attack.

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* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', [[spoiler: Lydia]] is eventually revealed to be one. This comes with the ability to sense death and a piercing scream. In this universe, banshees scream although, thus far at least, the to drown out noises that might distract them from listening on a psychic wavelength only they can hear. They can also use their scream is more of an extra effective "help someone's trying to kill me!" alert than an attack.purposefully hurt other supernaturals, as fellow banshee Meredith demonstrates later on.
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