The Wailing Banshee (quest)

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The Wailing Banshee
The wailing banshee screenshot.jpg
Side quest
Occurs in
Act 2
Quest giver
NPCs involved
Experience gained
XP type
XP level
Outcomes & Rewards
Kill the banshee
Contact Maerwith, don't kill banshee

The Wailing Banshee is a side quest in Pillars of Eternity.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Niah, a woman from New Heomar, paid good coin for the old Lighthouse in Ondra's Gift, hoping to develop it into an inn. However, by the time she realizes that the lighthouse is haunted, the seller is already long gone. Close to giving up after weeks of being unable to find any workers brave enough to renovate the place, she asks for the Watcher's help in clearing out the building.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

On the docks in the south-west portion of Ondra's Gift you will find Niah looking to hire someone for a task. She is trying to renovate the old lighthouse ruin to the west of her, but rumor of its haunting has driven away any laborers. She would like someone to take a look around the lighthouse to prove it is safe for work to begin. Accept the quest, and she will give you the key to the lighthouse.

Head into the lighthouse and make your way up to the third floor. Loot what you find on your way, don't miss the loose brick on the first floor, but beware of two scripted ambushes with numerous spirit creatures.

Once you arrive on the top floor you will find Lilith, the wailing banshee that haunts the lighthouse. From here, there are two ways to complete the quest:

The not-peaceful solution
Kill Lilith

Getting too close, ignoring her threats, or attacking Lilith will start a fight. This can be very difficult for a low-level party. Several shades and spectres come to Lilith's aid and her wail can paralyze your characters. Once you have managed to defeat them all, head back down to Niah who is waiting just outside the lighthouse. Give her the "all clear" and claim your reward.
If you're not able to convince Maerwith to come to the lighthouse (see below), you will have to fight Lilith when you return and talk to her.

Release Lilith from her pain

You might observe Lilith and get hints on what to do next (1st Perception check, 18 required), you might even come closer (2nd Perception check, 15 required) – but watch out for signs of threats, and back away. Search the area to find a Logbook that mentions a ship called Red Dream. Reading it and the Evacuation Notice found on the previous floor will reveal some background information. In a chest behind Lilith (to the west) you can find Lilith's Shawl (Perception +3).

After you observe Lilith, you can leave the lighthouse and speak with Niah just outside. She directs you to The Charred Barrel in Brackenbury, where you find Maerwith on the upper floor. Don't be provocative or uncaring and you'll convince Maerwith to visit Lilith in the lighthouse.

Return to Niah to claim your reward.

Note[edit | edit source]

  • If you return to the lighthouse a few days after completing the quest, Niah will have converted the ground floor into a new tavern, aptly named The Wailing Banshee.