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Banedead, also referred to as Claws of Xvim, Promised Ones or the Shriveled Dead of Bane, were a type of undead creatures that appeared in Faerûn for a brief time after the Time of Troubles. They were closely associated with the worship of the deity Bane and his church of followers.[1][3]

Description[]

Banedead appeared as decaying humanoid that were completely stripped of any appearance of natural life. After being risen, the corpse underwent a partial transformation befitting an undead servant of Bane. One of their hands grew and twisted into a horrific claw.[1][3]

Abilities[]

They were immune to spells and abilities that attempted to, hold them in place, put them to sleep, or charm them]. They could not be swayed by illusion magic, mind-altering effects or harmed by any sort of poison.[2][3][4]

Combat[]

When a banedead's malformed struck an opponent it sapped away their sense of agility and finesse, until they were left completely paralyzed.[3]

In battle, banedead always sought out holy champions as their first victims. While they preferred clerics and paladins above most others,[1] the sight of Cyricists made them incensed. They tried to rend followers of the Dark Sun with intense fervor.[3]

They could only be harmed by enchanted weapons.[3][4]

Ecology[]

Banedead were created by means of a unique ritual that could only be lead by a powerful priest of Bane or his divine son Iyachtu Xvim, performed upon one of those deity's holy sites. They would transform a willing devotee into one of these terrifying undead monstrosities.[3][5]

Control of a banedead could be transferred from its creator to a wizard, typically a member of the Zhentarim.[5]

History[]

It was said that banedead wandered around Zhentil Keep following Bane's death. They were believed to have been seeking out and slaying any follower who had strayed to another faith.[3]

Appendix[]

See Also[]

Baneguardbanelichbanelar naga

Appearances[]

Adventures
Ruins of Zhentil Keep: Buying Time
Video Games
Dungeons & Dragons: Eye of the BeholderNeverwinter Nights: Tyrants of the Moonsea

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 16. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
  2. 2.0 2.1 John Terra (2003-05-03). A Call to Arms (Zipped PDF). Wizards of the Coast. p. 7. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved on 2018-09-11.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Kevin Melka and John Terra (April 1995). Ruins of Zhentil Keep (Monstrous Compendium). (TSR, Inc), p. 1. ISBN 0-7869-0109-8.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kevin Melka and John Terra (April 1995). Ruins of Zhentil Keep (Adventure Book). (TSR, Inc), p. 63. ISBN 0-7869-0109-8.
  5. 5.0 5.1 James Wyatt and Rob Heinsoo (February 2001). Monster Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 0-7869-1832-2.
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