Agatha

A Banshee who lives near Conyberry off the Triboar Trail

Description:

The town of Conyberry was sacked by barbarians years ago and now lies in ruins. The Triboar Trail runs right through the abandoned town, providing an easy landmark for locating the lair of the banshee Agatha. From the ruins of Conyberry, an old trail leads northwest into Neverwinter Wood. Agatha’s lair is a few miles outside town.

The forest grows dark and still as the trail winds deeper into the trees. Heavy vines and thick layers of moss drape the branches, and the air is noticeably colder than it was in the ruined village. Rounding a bend in the trail, you see a screen made from the warped branches of trees standing close together, woven into a domelike shelter in the shadows. A low doorway leads inside.

If the characters exercise caution and remember what they’ve come for, they will be able to speak with the banshee. When the characters enter the shelter, read the following:

A home of sorts is sheltered within the dome of woven
branches. It is sparsely furnished with chests, shelves, a
table, and a reclined couch, all of it old and of elven craft.

Agatha senses the characters’ intrusion and manifests shortly after they enter her home.

The air grows cold, and a powerful feeling of dread grips you. A cold, pale light flickers in the air, rapidly taking on the form of a female elf, her hair and robes waving in a spectral wind. She might have been beautiful once, but a hateful expression twists her features now. “Foolish mortals,” she snarls. “What do you want here? Do you not know it is death to seek me out?”

If the characters are rude, disrespectful, or threatening, Agatha scowls and disappears. She does not attack them, nor does she return if the characters call out to her.

DEALING WITH AGATHA
If the characters are respectful and polite, Agatha can be persuaded to help them with a successful DC 15 Charisma (Persuasion) check. The player whose character takes the lead in speaking with the banshee makes the check. If that player role plays the encounter well, allow him or her to make the check with advantage. If any character has Sister Garaele’s silver comb and presents it to Agatha as a gift, the check is automatically successful.

The Ghostly figure smiles with cold amusement. “Very well,”she says. “I know that you seek many things. Ask me one question, and I will give you an answer.”

Probable Questions

  • If the characters ask about Bowgentle’s spellbook, Agatha tells them that she traded the book to a necromancer named Tsernoth from the city of Iriaebor more than a hundred years ago. She does not know what became of the book afterward. Her answer is truthful, and it is all the information Sister Garaele needs for the Harpers to resume their search.

The Location of Cragmaw Castle

26 Miles directly north of Phandalin, in the Southern region of the Neverwinter woods

The location of Wave Echo Cave

15 Miles Directly East of Phandalin, at the base of the Sword Mountains

The identity of the Black Spider

Nezznar, a Drow, a dark one of your kind

Hamun Kost’s question about Old Owl Well

Where is the Tome of Carenthis

Where are my parents?

Alvo

Grayhawk

Shoran
Needlepine

Alvo’s Trinket
It’s your birthright.

However, the banshee answers only one question, so the characters should choose
it carefully.

Bio:

Divine Wrath.
Banshees are the undead remnants of elves who, blessed with great beauty, failed to use their gift to bring joy to the world. Instead, they used their beauty to corrupt and control others. Elves afflicted by the banshee’s curse experience no gladness, feeling only distress in the presence of the Jiving. As the curse takes its toll, their minds and bodies decay, until death completes their transformation into undead monsters.
Sorrow Bound.
A banshee becomes forever bound to the place of its demise, unable to venture more than five miles from there. It is forced to relive every momemt of its life. perfect recall, yet always refuses to accept responsibility for its doom.
Beauty Hoarders The vanity that inspired the banshee’s cursed creatipn persists in undeath. These creatures covet beautiful objects: fine paintings, statues, and other objects of art. At the same time, a banshee abhors any mirrored surface, for it can’t bear to see the horror_of its own existence.
A single glimpse of itself is enough to send a Banshee into a rage.
Undead Nature A banshee doesn’t require air, food, drink, or sleep.

Agatha

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