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女妖
类别 Medium Undead (Incorporeal)
阵营 Forsaken, Scourge
角色职业 WoW Icon 16x16.png 牧师, 法师
The RPG Icon 16x36.png Sorcerer, Warlock, Necromancer
种族主城 部落 幽暗城
中立 Icecrown Citadel
种族领袖 部落  希尔瓦娜斯·风行者
中立  巫妖王
故乡 Azeroth
分布地域 Northern Kalimdor, Lordaeron, Quel'Thalas, Northrend
母语 Darnassian, Gutterspeak, Thalassian
其他语言 Common, Orcish
A priest casting Smite on a banshee.

Banshees are a type of undead female elf.

Banshees created by the Scourge were once beautiful female high elves who fell before the power of the Scourge. Their restless spirits were left to wander the world in silent, tortured lamentation. Then, the Lich King gathered them together and gave them terrible voices so that the living would finally hear their bitter anguish. Thus, the banshees have pledged themselves to Ner'zhul's cause and now serve as valuable agents of the Scourge. They have the unsettling ability to force their way into the bodies of living creatures, thus replacing the creatures' spirits with their own.[1]

The male counterpart of the banshee is the spectre.[2]

Background

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Banshees are undead spirits, many of them from high elves who were taken and enslaved by the Lich King after his conquest of Quel'Thalas. While under Ner'zhul's control the banshees were kept just aware enough so that they could experience the pain, desperation and anguish of their existence, and were then filled with a desire to spread that pain among the living. Most known for their chilling and deafening screams, banshees can also cast a number of curses.

After the Third War, the Lich King lost control of some of the banshees, including their queen Sylvanas Windrunner. Not long after Arthas raised her as a banshee, she broke from his control, taking fellow banshees with her. She regained her physical body and established the Forsaken. This act gives many banshees hope, and a strong cadre of free banshees can now be seen serving with the Forsaken. Most banshees still remain enslaved to the Lich King's will though, and can be found throughout the Plaguelands. Many wild, unaffiliated banshees exist.[3] Physically, they appear as spectral elven women, with wild flowing hair and long talon-like hands. Banshees have the unsettling ability to force their way into the bodies of living creatures, thus replacing the creatures' spirits with their own. A banshee who does this, however, loses its original form.

It is thought that some night elves banshees wandered Azeroth long before the Scourge, and were subjugated to the Lich King's will. This is supported by the presence of Banshees in ancient kaldorei ruins throughout Kalimdor, like Dire Maul. That is supported by the description on the battle.net banshee description.[4]

Warcraft III

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详见:Banshee (Warcraft III)

Notable

Forsaken

Scourge

Other

In the RPG

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A banshee in the Horde Player's Guide.

When the Burning Legion and the kaldorei clashed in the War of the Ancients, 10,000 years ago, many night elf women fell. Their brutal murders returned them as banshees, and for millennia they wandered the world in lamentation, losing ever more of their dwindling sanity. Eventually, the Lich King, Ner'zhul, learned of their existence and recruited them into the Scourge. Banshees fought in the Third War alongside other undead, and when Arthas attacked Quel'Thalas, he found that he could make banshees of high elves as well.[3]

Although uncommon, according to Manual of Monsters, it appears that it is possible for human women, and even men from other races, to become banshees upon their undeath.[5]

Speculation

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Whilst banshees were originally exclusively elven women, characters such as Blind Mary and Nissa Agamand, who are undead female humans using the banshee model, could imply that it is no longer the case.[6] Several Highborne also use the banshee banshee model but they could be simply ghosts.

On point for speculation is that they use the same models as the elven banshees, making them appear elven. However, it may simply be a matter of Blizzard not making special in-game models for these few and relatively insignificant characters, leaving them to use the elven models, and this in itself could be considered confirmation that they are indeed banshees. Alternatively, these NPCs may in fact just be ghosts, although most ghosts would use the model of a transparent form of their race, and Blizzard appear to have specifically chosen to depict these NPCs using the banshee model. In Warcraft III, the enemy known as "ghost", seen in places such as the Barrow Deeps, used the banshee model as well.

Notes

Inspiration

The banshee is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from another world. In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die.

References

  1. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual
  2. BlizzCon 2015: World and Content Overview Panel (around 37:15)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bennie, Scott; Richard Farrese, Bob Fitch. 《Horde Player's Guide》, 206. ISBN 9781588467720. 
  4. Banshee
  5. Borgstrom, Rebecca; Eric Brennan, Genevieve Cogman, and Michael Goodwin. 《Manual of Monsters》, 134. ISBN 978-1588-4607-07. 
  6. Sean Copeland on Twitter
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