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One side quest that is slightly different depending on which house you pick in Hogwarts Legacy is “ Ghost of Our Love .” Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins will all start in a different location, but the goal is the same: Everyone must find the location in the map. The map has a picture of a bridge with some floating candles beside it and an archway in the background. Finding this specific spot can be a little difficult, because there are a lot of those in Hogwarts Legacy, so let us help. Follow along our step-by-step walkthrough to easily find the candles and get your quest rewards.

“Ghost of Our Love” starting location in Hogwarts Legacy

Each house has a different prerequisite quest for “Ghost of Our Love,” and a different starting location.

Prerequisite quest

  • Gryffindor: “The Hunt for the Missing Pages”
  • Hufflepuff: “Prisoner of Love”
  • Ravenclaw: “Ollivander’s Heirloom”
  • Slytherin: “Scrope’s Last Hope”

Starting location

  • Gryffindor: Hogsmeade
  • Hufflepuff: Vault near Upper Hogsfield
  • Ravenclaw: Owlery
  • Slytherin: Squid cave underneath Hogwarts

“Ghost of Our Love” floating candles location


  • Start the quest by inspecting the map at your house’s respective starting location.
  • Teleport to the Forbidden Forest floo flame to the north of Hogwarts.
  • Walk across the bridge ahead of you, and switch the time of day to night. (You can alter the time of day by opening the map, and pressing down on the right analog stick on console or the “F” button on PC.)
  • Cast the Lumos spell and walk back across the bridge towards the Forbidden Forest. The floating candles should spawn and lead you into the forest.
  • Follow the floating candles until they reveal a chest on top of a hill.
  • Collect your rewards, which will complete the side quest, “Ghost of Our love.”

Since you’ve completed one treasure seeking side quest, put your map reading skills to the test in “ Cache in the Castle. ”

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How to solve the Ghost of Our Love treasure map in Hogwarts Legacy

Floating candles will help you figure it out.

Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of Our Love treasure map - a wizard is looking at a candlelit table with two chairs in a clearing in a dark forest

The Ghost of Our Love treasure map is the first loot-seeking puzzle that you encounter in Hogwarts Legacy, but that doesn't mean it's an easy one to solve. You might have worked out that the map requires you to go to the Forbidden Forest, but once you arrive, struggle to find what the next step is. As you'd expect from a game centered around magic, the answers lies in a spell.

If you're just starting to explore the Highlands around Hogwarts, it might be useful to know how to get a broom so you can move faster, or how to complete those Treasure Vaults and Merlin Trials you find around the map. Either way, here's how to solve the Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of Our Love treasure map so you can complete the quest for some loot.

How to solve the Map with Floating Candles

After you go to meet Natty in Lower Hogsfield and complete the first Merlin Trial with Nora Treadwell, you'll unlock one of the four following quests depending on your house:

  • The Hunt for the Missing Pages (Gryffindor)
  • Scrope's Last Hope (Slytherin)
  • Olivander's Heirloom (Ravenclaw)
  • Prisoners of Love (Hufflepuff)

Each of the quests is slightly different, but they all lead to meeting the ghost of Richard Jackdaw, and beginning the Jackdaw's Rest quest that sees you head to his tomb in the Forbidden Forest. In each of these quests, you also encounter a treasure map called the ' Map with Floating Candles' and picking it up begins the Ghost of Our Love quest. There's no compass available for this quest, but the solution to the map won't require you to go too far out of your way.

Fast travel to the Forbidden Forest Floo Flame and then immediately change the time of day to night in the map menu. Behind you is a small bridge, and on your side of it you'll find a love letter that adds a bit more flavor to the quest—two students were sneaking into the Forbidden Forest for a romantic dinner. Now you need to use the Lumos spell by where the letter was to summon some enchanted floating candles. 

Once you've caught the candles' attention, follow them into the forest. You won't have to travel too far before you find a table for two, a tonne of floating candles, and a chest which contains your promised treasure. The good news is that you're also now pretty close to Jackdaw's tomb, so you can jump right back into the main quest.


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How to find the Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of our Love map location

If you're having trouble finding the spot marked on your Ghost of our Love map, we've marked it out for you

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The Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of our Love side-quest can leave you with no idea where its map is pointing you. All it shows is a nondescript bridge, a glowing wand and a bunch of floating candles. While that might sound incredibly specific, it doesn't really help you find a location like that in the game's expansive map. Especially if you've not yet found the bridge in question.

The good news is that you don't need to venture too far into the Forbidden Forest to find it, and the only other thing you need here is your trusty wand. Here's how to solve the Ghost of our Love map in Hogwarts Legacy and tick off the objective.

Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of our Love map location

If you're in Gryffindor, you'll find the Ghost of out Love map and trigger the quest during The Hunt for the Missing Pages, which is the only Gryffindor-specific mission in the Hogwarts Legacy main quest list . If you're in any of the other houses you'll still find it in the exact same place, just not as part of the Gryffindor mission. However you find it, it's on top of a grave in Hogsmeade, next to a crypt, labeled 'Map with Floating Candles'. 

Picking it up will start the quest and give you a map showing this bridge, an archway and some trees in Hogwarts Legacy .

Obviously that's not a lot to go on as there are plenty of trees and bridges all over the place. Where you need to go specifically is the Forbidden Forest, using this fast travel point right at the main south entrance: 

You should see a bridge and the crumbling arch shown on the map as soon as you arrive. Head to the bridge you'll find another letter. 

At this point you'll need it to be night, or at least dusk/sunset to continue. If it isn't, open the map and select the option to change the time of day. When that's done cast the Hogwarts Legacy spell Lumos where you found the letter and some enchanted candles will appear. 

All you need to do now is follow the candles to find the final Ghost of our Love location and complete the quest. They'll will lead you into the Forbidden Forest, through the archway you saw as a clue, and you'll eventually find a table and more candles set up for a midnight picnic. 

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Hogwarts Legacy Ghosts of Our Love guide: how to find the floating candles

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Just like in a normal school, there are plenty of extracurricular activities to spend your time doing in Hogwarts Legacy . Being an open-world RPG, these mostly take the form of side quests given to you by other witches and wizards in the school who need your help. A unique one is titled “Ghost of Our Love” which can be a bit different depending on which of the four houses your character belongs to. The end goal will always be the same, but that doesn’t make it any easier to complete. If you’re struggling to find the floating candles location in Hogwarts Legacy , let us guide your path.

How to start Ghost of Our Love

Where to find the floating candles location.

Starting the “Ghost of Our Love” quest requires you to reach a certain point in the game, but this is different depending on your house. Here’s what quest you need to complete before you can start this one for each house, and then the location of where you collect the map after completing said quest.

  • Gryffindor: “The Hunt for the Missing Pages” — near the crypt beside the grave
  • Hufflepuff: “Prisoner of Love” — beside the front door of the house behind the vendor’s stall in Upper Hogsfield
  • Ravenclaw: “Ollivander’s Heirloom” — in the southern part of the Owlery
  • Slytherin: “Scrope’s Last Hope” — in the secret caves below Hogwarts

You will find the map here labeled “Map with Floating Candles” which is a very rough sketch of a map of a bridge, arch, forest, and floating candles. Naturally, this isn’t enough to easily narrow down where you need to go. And even if you do somehow piece the location together, there’s another wrinkle that may prevent you from completing the quest.

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Once you begin the quest, take a look at the map you are given at the appropriate starting location. From there, fast travel to the Forbidden Forest Floo Flame location due north of Hogwarts. Cross the bridge directly in front of you. If it isn’t already, at this point make sure it is currently nighttime by changing the time in your map menu. Cast your Lumos spell and continue towards the Forbidden Forrest where you will see the floating candles. If it isn’t night, the candles won’t appear.

Follow the path the candles take you on, through an arch and up a hill to a scene with a small table and chairs set up beside a chest. Simply loot the chest to collect the Seeker’s Scarf and the quest will be completed.

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Hogwarts Legacy: How to Complete the Ghost of Our Love Sidequest

Although Hogwarts Legacy sidequest Ghost of Our Love won't test you with formidable opponents or confusing puzzles, it can still prove rather challenging as you'll be tasked with identifying the mysterious location depicted on the "Map with Floating Candles". The starting point also varies drastically based on the House you've selected. But don't worry, we've got that covered too!

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Though SVG's review found "Hogwarts Legacy" underwhelming , especially considering the  continued controversy surrounding the "Harry Potter" universe's creator's virulent transphobia (among other issues), the game still has the attention of "Harry Potter" fans eager to explore yet another iteration of their beloved wizarding world. Offering about 35 hours of playtime , the open-world RPG is chock-full of quests, both optional and mandatory, including the intriguing Ghost of Our Love side quest. Though it may not be required to progress in "Hogwarts Legacy," the Ghost of Our Love side quest is definitely worth the extra effort given the prizes it produces. 

Accessing the Ghost of Our Love side quest varies by house, as each house will find the map that triggers the quest through a different avenue. For Gryffindors, the quest involves working with the Headless Hunt in the Hogsmeade Graveyard in the Hunt for the Missing Pages quest. Ravenclaws will find the map working with Ollivander to find his heirloom during the aptly-named Ollivander's Heirloom quest, which leads them to the map's location on the roof of the Owlery. Slytherins will find the map in a chest in the grotto during Scrope's Last Hope quest. Hufflepuffs will find the map through the Prisoner of Love storyline, which is focused on Azkaban.

Clearly, there's a lot to the Ghost of Our Love side quest since starting it requires a good deal of legwork. Though, once players have obtained the map, there are just a few more steps to follow for success, including resulting rewards.

Bring Lumos to the Forbidden Forest

Finishing the Ghost of Our Love side quest is fairly easy upon obtaining the map, as long as gamers have just a few clues to assist an otherwise obscure journey. The map itself provides images of everything players need to know to beat the side quest: A rocky arch, a bridge, some trees, and an illuminated wand.

The trees represent the entrance to the Forbidden Forest where players will fast travel to start the quest. As soon as players arrive, they'll want to make sure it's nighttime by toggling the time on their main game map. At the entrance to the Forbidden Forest is the rocky arch and bridge from the quest's special map. The rocky arch was simply a clue to help players find the forest entrance while the bridge is where they'll want to proceed to move forward in the quest. Gamers should cast the Lumos spell, which will light up previously hidden floating candles that lead to the final destination. All that's left is to walk down the romantic path to the table and chairs set up for what must have been a date spot in another life, given the quest's title.

Next to the date spot is a chest where players can reap their rewards. Upon completion of the Ghost of Our Love side quest, gamers are gifted with 400 Galleons, 180 XP, and a Treasure Seeker's Scarf. All in all, it's worth the extra effort to pursue the Ghost of Our Love quest — and it's a charming chance to explore the open world of "Hogwarts Legacy."


Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of our Love Walkthrough

February 8, 2023 by HardyBoy 1 Comment

Ghost of our Love is a Side Quest in Hogwarts Legacy. This walkthrough will guide you through all objectives of the Ghost of our Love side mission and floating candles treasure map location .

Location :  Different for each House (Gryffindor: Hogsmeade / Slytherin: Squid Cave under Hogwarts / Ravenclaw: Owlery / Hufflepuff: Upper Hogsfield) Quest Giver:  Quest Board Quest Level:  Level 10 Requirement:  Having Finished Main Quest: Potions Class Reward:  Appearances, 180XP Mission Info:  While in Upper Hogsfield. I spied a chest behind Claire Beaumont’s vendor stall that seemed to be unlocked. I wonder what could be in it.


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Use the map with floating candles to find the treasure.

Starting Location: Ghost of our Love

The starting location for Ghost of Our Love changes based on what house you are. For Slytherin, it’s the squid cave under the Hogwarts Castle, for Ravenclaw it’s the Owlery, for Hufflepuff it’s the vault below Upper Hogsfield, for Gryffindor it’s in Hogsmeade.


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The map shows you a location near the Forbidden Forrest.

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Fast travel to Forbidden Forrest.

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Follow those candles into the Forbidden Forrest.

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After a while, they will stop at a certain location and they will reveal a chest. Open that chest.

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This finishes Ghost of our Love Side Quest in Hogwarts Legacy.

For all other Side Quests and Main Quests, check out the complete  Hogwarts Legacy Walkthrough .

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The Ghost of Our Love side quest features a map that'll lead you to treasure in the Forbidden Forest in Hogwarts Legacy. Read on for a quest walkthrough and location, as well as find out the different Ghost of Our Love locations for each house!

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To start Ghost of Our Love, you need to find the Map With Floating Candles . The location of Map with Floating Candles differs per House you chose.

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Hogwarts Legacy "Ghost of Our Love" Quest Guide

Faris Delalic

The Hogwarts Legacy side quest "Ghost Of Our Love" is a bit of a tricky one. It asks players to go on a bit of a scavenger hunt and it slightly changes depending on your house. Here's everything you need to know to get through the quest.

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Of the many quests and assignments in Hogwarts Legacy , "Ghost of Our Love" is a bit of a special one. This one involves a bit of searching around, and every house has a different start point for the quest. But once you know about these particular details, everything else is pretty simple. We'll show you how to do it.

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Hogwarts Legacy "Ghost of Our Love" Starting Locations & Required Quests

Depending on which house you're a part of, you'll need to finish a different quest to trigger "Ghost of Our Love", and you'll have a different starting location as well.

How To Find The Floating Candles & Finish The Quest

Once you have finished the required quest, go to your respective starting location and trigger "Ghost of Our Love" by picking up the map that should be at your location. On the map you see a bridge, which is located in the Forbidden Forest.

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Fast travel to the Forbidden Forest floo flame to spawn directly in front of said bridge. Cross it, and change the time of day to night in the map screen. Now cast Lumos and cross the bridge again. The floating candles should appear and move towards the forest.

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Follow the candles into the forest. They will lead you to a hill with a chest on top. Open the chest, collect the loot and voilà – you're done with the quest!

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Xbox review — I may never emotionally recover from this haunting love story

Don’t nod proves to us that the devil really is in the details..

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden from Don't Nod.

Windows Central Verdict

Don't Nod has carefully crafted a heartwarming tale of ghost hunting lovers that breaks down the need for human connection and forces us to grapple with hypocrisy, sacrifices, and the pain of loss. Despite its heavy subject matter, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden still manages to just be a fun action RPG experience, though its message will continue to haunt me long after the console is shut off.

Large, semi-open world to explore

Meaningful story with likeable characters

Choices have legitimate consequences that ripple throughout the playthrough

Invisible walls restrict exploration

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If you’ve played a narrative-adventure game in the last several years, there’s a likelihood it came from Don’t Nod . The undeniable zeitgeist that is Life is Strange was originally the work of Don’t Nod, and the studio followed up with titles like Tell Me Why , and more recently Jusant and Harmony: The Fall of Reverie . Way back in the yesteryear of 2018, Don’t Nod released its most ambitious title at the time, an action-RPG by the name of Vampyr, in partnership with Focus Home Interactive. Vampyr was well-received by players and critics alike, although the game did receive justifiable criticism for its slow and clunky combat. 

I take a moment to remind you about Vampyr because Don’t Nod has yet again, in the year 2024, developed an incredibly ambitious ARPG with Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. Philippe Moreau, creative director at Don’t Nod, describes Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden as a spiritual sequel to Vampyr. I’m inclined to believe him, as you can see Vampyr’s essence dripping into Banishers in a variety of ways. And yet, even with so many elements of Vampyr prominently on display, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden feels as though it has learned from Vampyr’s past and become something entirely new. Something even more haunting.

Disclaimer:  This review was made possible by a review code provided by Don't Nod. The company did not see the contents of the review before publishing.

What is Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden?

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a story-driven action-RPG from Don’t Nod that tasks players with solving harrowing cases of ghost hauntings while exploring a 17th-century New England settlement. Players must uncover clues and intents of the characters involved in each case, and then weigh the facts to seal their fate. 

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden | $50 $42 on Green Man Gaming (PC)

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden | $50 $42 on Green Man Gaming (PC)

When Red Mac Raith loses the love of his life, he is forced to decide whether to sacrifice everything to bring her back or learn to live without her. Banish ghosts, make narrative choices with lasting impact, and choose the fate of your love in this harrowing and emotional story-driven a-RPG from Don't Nod.

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden — Story and gameplay

Life to the living, death to the dead. That is the creed of Antea Duarte and Rauidhrigh “Red” Mac Raith. The pair of Banishers serve to bring closure to the dead and relieve the living of the ghosts that haunt them. Antea helps Red overcome his guilty conscience from a life as a mercenary in Europe, and they find themselves deeply in love with one another. The couple is summoned from Europe to New Eden by an old friend to assist in removing a curse that is haunting the newly formed settlement.

Players are given some agency to explore New Eden at their leisure. They will encounter areas that require abilities for Red and Antea to overcome, but there's still a considerable amount of freedom to be had in the semi-open world. That said, not every path is always as clear as it may seem, and there are no shortages of invisible walls to keep you within the playable area.  

Of course, we couldn’t have a story if banishing ghosts goes according to plan. We’re thrust into Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden having seen Antea fall to the dark forces at play, and we are swiftly weighed down with Red’s pain and anguish at the loss of his loving partner. In this heart-wrenching moment, we are forced to make a decision: do we sacrifice everything for love regardless of the consequences, or do we learn to let go?

From the very first choice we make in New Eden to the very last, there are genuine consequences that ripple across the world Don’t Nod has so carefully crafted around Red and Antea — sometimes in completely unexpected ways. The haunting cases that players can discover and solve require exploration and investigation, looking for details and hints to flesh out the story. 

There are always conflicting sides to learn about; it’s in the details where Don’t Nod truly shines. You may hear stories of an NPC in one settlement camp only to come across them at a later point and discover they’re haunted. The details you learn about that merchant from other NPC characters and readable lore littered around can affect your decision when it comes time to bring closure. 

Closure isn’t only for the living. The dead can seek it, as well, but whether you blame townsfolk for their wrongdoings, help ghosts ascend, or banish them to the void has lasting effects across your play through. Merchants can get an ill taste in their mouths about Red if they disagree with the player’s decision in a previous Closure moment, while spirits who feel wronged by Red’s judgment can return to seek revenge. 

Ghosts with ill intent who have lingered too long are described as having “gone pale” and it is in these encounters we experience Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden’s combat mechanics. Again, the foundations of Vampyr are notable in the gameplay, but there has been a considerable glow-up in the flow and functionality of combat. 

Players can cycle between Red and Antea dynamically by simply pressing Y on the controller. At no point does any one character feel like it is carrying the other. They both offer strengths and weaknesses that drive home how valuable Red and Antea are when they are working together as a pair. 

Antea’s demise has gifted her the ability to walk the spirit realm and experience things that Red cannot as a living Banisher. Obstacles that would otherwise prevent Red from navigating the world can easily be dispatched by Antea once players acquire the corresponding abilities. 

I've already spent 50 hours in New Eden, being haunted by ghosts and charmed by Banishers. Heaven, help me, I can't wait to spend 50 more.

Progressing the campaign and completing haunting cases provides Antea and Red both opportunities to evolve their combat through skill points that are attributed in corresponding skill trees. Like the rest of the story, your choice matters with these skill trees, and choosing one available perk may lock you out of another. However, you can change your mind with the skill trees and respec at any fire where you can rest.

Because it relies on narrative consequences and the rippling effects of the player-made decisions, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden does leave me feeling FOMO. Decisions can be made so abruptly and with such well-meaning intent, but have dire consequences for the characters later down the road. I am nosy when it comes to the lives of characters in games and feel like I’m missing out on what could have been with such permanence. 

To see and do everything there is to see and do will certainly take more than one play-through. Don’t Nod has stated that the campaign for Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden can be completed in about 25–30 hours. However, I spent close to 50 hours exploring New Eden for this review. I would not be surprised to see my play time doubled with a second play-through, so that I can see the alternative stories I may have missed the first time around.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden — Performance

For the sake of this review, I played Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden on an Xbox Series X . The game offers two modes, Performance and Quality. However, there is no listed distinction of what differences players can expect to experience between the modes, so I opted to go for Performance to be on the safe side. My time in New Eden was relatively bug-free, and I did not encounter any progress-blocking glitches during my play-through. There was one particular instance where the audio for the game became crackly and cut out completely, while the rest of the audio for the Xbox remained intact. However, this seemed to resolve after I shut the game down and restarted it. 

In addition to playing natively on my Xbox, I also streamed Banishers to my PC via Xbox Cloud Gaming and the Xbox for PC app. In both instances, the game felt fluid and responsive, and I did not experience any frame rate dips. New Eden is as functional as it is pretty.

Don’t Nod has stated that a day one patch to improve performance for Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is planned, all the same. 

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden — Should you buy it?

I cannot reiterate how much Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden deserves every second of your time that it asks you for. Don't Nod has a history of crafting moving narrative games that challenge its player base to think about human connections and the world around them. With Red and Antea, that emotional element is pushed to a new height. While I had committed exclusively to one particular outcome in my play through, I constantly found myself second guessing my judgement and decisions. If I cried out "Please don't make me blame this person!" once, I cried it out at least a dozen times. 

And yet, despite the emotional distress I was clearly feeling, I wanted to go back for more. I wanted to have the payoff of those sweet moments of Red and Antea by the fire talking about their families, when Red tells Antea he is glad to see her smile, or the little quip about a settler being "haunted by calculus."

I've already spent 50 hours in New Eden, being haunted by ghosts and charmed by Banishers. Heaven, help me, I can't wait to spend 50 more. 

Cole Martin

Cole is the resident Call of Duty know-it-all and indie game enthusiast for Windows Central. She's a lifelong artist with two decades of experience in digital painting, and she will happily talk your ear off about budget pen displays. 

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden's Haunting Love Story Explained

  • Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a haunting love story set in a horror-fantasy world plagued by biases and prejudices.
  • Red and Antea's relationship is tested as they confront The Nightmare, challenging players to make tough decisions about love and duty.
  • The game forces players to reflect on themes of society, love, and loss as they navigate a narrative filled with tough choices and haunting consequences.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a new action RPG title from Life is Strange developers Don’t Nod. The title takes the form of a horror-tinged fantasy epic, and follows two Banishers, Red and Antea , as they investigate a series of hauntings in the settlement of New Eden. As they make their way through the settlement’s various regions, they encounter myriad eerie phenomena, leading them to confront the settlement's prejudicial biases. However, the true focus of Banishers ’ narrative, and its deepest investigation, is the relationship between Red and Antea. While Banishers appears to be a sprawling action-adventure title, at its heart lies one of gaming’s most haunting love stories.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden opens with Red and Antea arriving at the American settlement of New Eden, which is beset by a terrible haunting. As they investigate New Eden Town, they immediately confront its residents’ biases. Red and Antea’s roles and relationship are called into question, as is their position as Banishers, individuals specialized in the banishment of undead spirits. However, their first night in New Eden does not go to plan, setting the pair on a path that challenges their deepest beliefs about love, grief, and duty.

The Biggest Choice in Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Explained

Red and antea’s love defies death.

On their first night in New Eden, Banishers ’ Red and Antea are forced to confront The Nightmare , the source of the settlement's overarching curse and various hauntings. In a devastating turn of events, Antea is killed by The Nightmare, and Red is cast from a clifftop into the sea. However, Red miraculously survives, and his immense grief is powerful enough to summon the ghost of Antea back to the realm of the living. A Banisher’s duty is to ensure that the undead move on, rather than siphoning the life essence of those they haunt. With a second chance at a future once again within reach, Red and Antea’s entire worldview is thrown into chaos.

As they journey through New Eden’s various regions, Red and Antea are presented with opportunities to harvest the life essence of guilty settlers, who have caused their own hauntings through malicious acts towards the spirit. What they do is determined by the player, who either pledges an oath to help Antea ascend or to turn their back on the Banishers’ beliefs and sacrifice settlers for their essence. Regardless of choice, the duration of Banishers ’ narrative calls Red and Antea’s choice into question. While adherence to their choice allows the couple to grow ever more in love, players know that every moment moves them closer to losing each other, one way or another.

Banishers' Haunting Portrayal of Love Extends to The Nightmare

As Red and Antea journey back to New Eden Town to confront The Nightmare , they are forced to confront the settlement’s views on religion, sexual orientation, morality, justice, and sacrifice. It is during these confrontations that they learn the story of Deborah Comenius, a woman who was horrifically wronged by the settlement's biggest leaders, including Kate Newsmith, with whom she shared a secret relationship. However, Deborah was betrayed, out of Kate’s fear of their love, leading her to be abandoned. Eventually, the betrayal leads to Deborah being branded a witch by the Governor of New Eden, who has her put to death. Having been wronged and harboring resentment towards the whole of New Eden, the spirit of Deborah returns as The Nightmare, plunging the settlement into chaos.

Banishers' most haunting aspect is the light it sheds on relationships, and how society treats those who love beyond convention. Red and Antea's relationship defies love and logic, leading their relationship to one of two harrowing conclusions. However, Deborah was not so lucky, as her partner buckled under the pressures of the time. While Red and Antea's supernatural love story forms the crux of Banishers ' narrative, the title, as a whole, forces players to confront the haunting reality of its reflected themes. Players can either conclude their journey through Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden by resurrecting Antea or helping her move on. Regardless, the title offers a chilling look at the relationship between love and loss, one which will haunt the player long after the credits roll.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden

Platform(s) Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS5, PC

Released February 13, 2024

Developer(s) DON'T NOD

Publisher(s) Focus Entertainment

Genre(s) Action RPG

ESRB T For Teen Due To Blood and Gore, Language, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, Violence

How Long To Beat 30 Hours

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden's Haunting Love Story Explained

‘Madame Web’ Is Officially the Worst Superhero Movie of All Time

A guide to the week’s best and worst TV shows and movies from The Daily Beast’s Obsessed critics.

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There are roughly 47,000—oh, wait, a new Netflix Original just dropped; make that 47,001—TV shows and movies coming out each week. At Obsessed, we consider it our social duty to help you see the best and skip the rest.

We’ve already got a variety of in-depth, exclusive coverage on all of your streaming favorites and new releases, but sometimes what you’re looking for is a simple Do or Don’t. That’s why we created See/Skip, to tell you exactly what our writers think you should See and what you can Skip from the past week’s crowded entertainment landscape.

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Skip: Madame Web

Madame Web is worse than its trailers let on, a collection of incoherent vignettes about a clairvoyant Dakota Johnson that ironically can’t predict its failure. But hey, all superhero movies could learn a thing or two about making these inherently silly films less earnest and a little more moronic.

Here’s Nick Schager’s take:

“Sony’s animated Spider-Verse films have been amazing, which is more than can be said about the studio’s stabs at creating their own MCU-adjacent live-action movie series centered around Spider-Man. That process got off to a goofy start with Venom and its sequel before running aground with 2022’s Morbius , and it now fully crashes and burns with Madame Web , a torturous saga that haplessly spins about in circles trying to fashion a competent tone or coherent action sequence. No matter its heroine’s clairvoyant super-powers, it’s a debacle incapable of seeing—and thus avoiding—its every subsequent misstep.

Madame Web begins in the Peruvian Amazon circa 1973, with Constance (Kerry Bishé) searching for a rare spider that possesses potentially magical healing powers (thanks to its peptides!). Upon finding what she’s looking for, Constance is promptly betrayed by her bodyguard Ezekiel Sims (Tahar Rahim), who wants the spider and its abilities for himself. Left for dead, Constance is rescued by the jungle’s legendary spider-people, who spirit her back to their spider cave, put her in a pool and compel their pet spiders to bite her—none of which protects her from death but does allow her unborn baby to live. This is as absurd as it reads, and director S.J. Clarkson stages it with all the grace of a runaway train, her snap zooms, whiplash cinematography, canted angles, and overly theatrical lighting turning this prologue embarrassingly comical.”

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See: this is me…now: a love story.

This Is Me…Now: A Love Story is a must-see ode not just to love, but to taking yourself so seriously that you spend $20 million to tell your life’s story. J.Lo delivers 65 minutes of expertly choreographed CGI slop. Its fun lies in the pop star’s sincerity.

Here’s Coleman Spilde’s take:

“Do you remember when Avatar was released in theaters, and audience members reportedly experienced depression after they saw it? Viewers had to leave Pandora and return to their lives on Earth outside of the theater, and it made them so miserable that they formed an entire online community just for support. That’s precisely how I feel about the fantastical world that Jennifer Lopez has crafted in This Is Me…Now: A Love Story . Romance rules in Lopez’s chimeric version of Earth, and follies of the human heart can have such cataclysmic results that they may end the world as we know it.

Released in conjunction with her first studio album in a decade —which shares the film’s title, minus its post-colon descriptor— This Is Me…Now: A Love Story is a Marvel-grade cinematic spectacle that matches the album’s extravagant emotional base. It’s a long-form extension of the record and a standalone work by Lopez; think Beyoncé’s Lemonade film for ivory tower romantics. But this isn’t merely a series of music videos, strung together with a weak narrative thread. The movie is an introspective look at Lopez’s public life, tabloid-favorite romances, and her deepest desires, thrust through an autofictional lens and abstracted into her version of Homer’s The Odyssey . That is to say: It’s exactly as gloriously tacky as its trailer makes it out to be.”

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Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay and Rose McIver as Samantha

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See: ghosts season 3.

Ghosts is back for a third season of blissfully uncomplicated sitcom brilliance. This look at the variety of hilarious specters inside of an old manor is still fresh and as cunningly funny as ever, proving that there is some life left in the network sitcom after all.

Here’s LaToya Ferguson’s take:

“The second season of CBS’ supernatural sitcom Ghosts ended on a cliffhanger, with one of the apparitions—presumably one of the major series regulars—at Woodstone Manor finally crossing over. For the uninitiated or even just forgetful, ghosts that move on to the afterlife in the world of Ghosts are, in official parlance, ‘sucked off.’ You can rest assured that the first two episodes of the new season do well to make sure every person watching remembers that delightfully juvenile word choice.

A remake of the British comedy of the same name, Ghosts hinges on new homeowner Sam (Rose McIver, who gets the Pregnant Actress Special this season, hiding her baby bump behind big coats, laptops, and comically large boxes) helping the various deceased neurotics occupying her country manor gain closure and move on, with the help of her husband, Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar). In theory, it’s a good thing to see one of the ghosts finally achieve that goal. But a large part of the charm and comfort of this series has been the consistent ensemble of spectral characters. Wouldn’t sending one of them on affect the entire chemistry or dynamic of the series moving forward? As a living person or a fellow ghost, what do you do when someone gets, ahem, sucked off? How do you move on with your life or afterlife? Those are questions the series hasn’t had to answer until now.”

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Amy Schumer and Michael Cera in Life & Beth

Skip: Life & Beth Season 2

Life & Beth , Amy Schumer’s semi-autobiographical dramedy, returns for its second season with more hints of something interesting just below the surface. Too bad Schumer’s execution is all too plain to draw them out. Time to go back to life before Beth.

Here’s Vikram Murthi’s take:

“As the title implied, the first season of Amy Schumer’s semi-autobiographical Hulu dramedy series Life & Beth began with a death and ended with a spiritual rebirth. Following the sudden loss of her mother, Beth (Schumer)—an aimless wine merchant in her late thirties stuck in a committed relationship with a dopey co-worker—reevaluates her seemingly ideal urban life. She breaks up with her partner, moves out of Manhattan and back to her hometown of Long Island, and mentally revisits stories from her traumatic childhood, told via flashbacks featuring a teenaged Beth (Violet Young). Painful encounters with bullies and boys are juxtaposed with scenes from her parents’ rocky relationship and eventual divorce, all inspired by Schumer’s own childhood.

Over the course of the season’s first 10 episodes, Beth slowly but surely learns one of the most valuable coming-of-age lessons: that parents are people with their own flaws and baggage, and though they might never change, it’s possible to love them in spite of the damage they caused. (Only in death can Beth forgive her mother for her boundary-less, post-divorce dating history, which ultimately cost her a childhood best friend.) Amidst her grief, she learns to reconnect with old friends and also quickly falls for forthright, compassionate farmer John (Michael Cera), who helps her to (literally) reconnect with her roots by teaching her the ins and outs of cultivation.”

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Review

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden tells a great story of love in the face of tragedy while doing just enough to keep players locked in.

Profoundly intimate and often thought-provoking, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is an impressive game that has a knack for sucking players into its story. From its opening moments, which cast an engrossing 17th-century occult atmosphere, to its thrilling closing chapters, it was hard to pull away from Banishers at any moment, even with occasional missteps. Routinely presenting interesting questions and themes about what we do for love and how we process the death of those we once loved or still love, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden by Don't Nod proves that when a game has a vision and executes it well, it can stand above its flaws.

At first glance, it's clear that Banishers is a mix of a few different concepts from across multiple mediums. The game is practically The Exorcist meets The Witcher , set in 1695 and presented in 35mm. Picture Father Kerras meets Geralt of Rivia, and that’s basically who the main character, Red mac Raith, is. In gameplay, Banishers will be familiar to anyone who has played games such as God of War or Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice , making it an approachable but occasionally derivative experience. However, as development studio Don’t Nod has proven many times over, the strength of its games comes from the story, and the story of Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is well worth the investment.

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Few games can say they set their tone as effectively as Banishers does early on and can keep that momentum going throughout the whole thing. In its opening sequences, Red and Antea set foot in New Eden Town as a murder of crows flies overhead while a giant pale moon casts its glow over a cathedral spire, crafting an eerie atmosphere dripping with suspense. A 17th-century Puritan settlement outside of Boston isn’t exactly the most vibrant place on Earth, but Banishers plays to the strengths of New Eden's candle-lit melancholy to great effect. Somewhere between spooky and cozy is where Banishers operates, and it's that type of atmosphere that keeps the game’s world so interesting. However, it’s when speaking to the settlers and kicking off the narrative that the game starts to get good.

Banishers Red and Antea

Without getting into major spoilers, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden tells the story of Red mac Raith as he deals with the passing of his wife Antea at the hands of a gruesome Nightmare that has been terrorizing the settlement of New Eden. The Nightmare's influence across New Eden has resulted in the whole settlement being subjected to hauntings from specters of the recently deceased, but there is generally more to the story than that. Red and Antea’s love in the face of tragedy is the overarching theme in Banishers and the game goes to great lengths to explore love in all its forms.

Throughout the game, there are several side missions called “Hauntings” that Red and Antea will find themselves solving, each with its own spin on the game's themes. For example, something like the local blacksmith’s strange disappearance can end up being a rabbit hole involving an aggrieved woman who saw no way out of a bad situation. In other instances, the theme of love can extend to a brooding captain who loved his crew but found that they had to make some sacrifices to save as many lives as possible. Banishers takes the theme of love and explores it in as many ways as it can, and then it all comes back to the story of Red and Antea as they grapple with their romance in the face of death and dealing with letting go.

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Has a Incredibly Unique Setting

Writing a love story can be a tough task, often skirting too far into melodrama or otherwise writing portrayals of love that feel a bit too fictitious; however, Banishers writes love with a deft hand and makes it feel grounded–even with ghouls and ghosts running amuck. Red and Antea act like a couple whose relationship feels lived-in and full, but like any real couple, they’re still constantly discovering things about each other. There is a watertight narrative that Don’t Nod has created with Banishers that is commendable for how well the studio was able to stick to a vision and ensure that everything in the game works toward that end.

Banishers Ghosts of New Eden Church

However, some narrative stumbles throughout Banishers occasionally take away from the experience, namely in its decision-based gameplay. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden ’s main story and side quests rely on a branching decision-making process, often having the player decide whether the living or the dead should be considered guilty of whatever happened to the recently deceased. Red and Antea act as judge, jury, and executioner as part of their Banisher work, and the game explains that these decisions will have a direct impact on how the main story unfolds and ends. But it winds up feeling more disjointed than compelling in the end.

Banishers writes love with a deft hand and makes it feel grounded.

Banishers struggles here because it constantly presents storylines that are narratively complex and thought-provoking but boil down the final decision to a binary good or bad choice, explicitly stating so at each juncture. Players will likely find that they never have to worry if they made the right choice because the game reassures them that they made the choice they need instead of the choice they may feel is right. Disappointingly, the lack of nuance in the final decision of these Hauntings takes a lot of wind out of a set of stories that feel like they could be straight out of a season of prestige television .

In keeping with the premise of prestige television, Banishers punches well above its weight class when it comes to presentation. Many of this game’s cutscenes are shot with an emphasis on unique and dynamic cinematography, clearly inspired by film and television but done so with a great directorial eye. There is always something interesting to look at when it comes to Banishers, as it never keeps the camera static outside of gameplay and puts a finishing touch with some tasteful film grain for that old-school movie feel. Even standard NPC conversations occasionally position the camera in a way that highlights expressions of sorrow or anger with whoever Red is speaking to instead of the usual over-the-shoulder angles players are likely familiar with. The only real issue Banishers finds in its presentation is its poor lip-syncing, which takes away from spot-on voice acting from the whole cast.

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Banishers Combat Feels Inspired by the Best

Banishers takes a lot of its gameplay inspiration from giants of the narrative third-person genre. And while it doesn’t have the same level of punch as those giants, Banishers does well at crafting a combat experience that can carry it through to the end. Structurally, Banishers takes a wide-linear approach to its levels with all sorts of mini-bosses and puzzles to keep players busy between main story missions. There’s not that much new on that front, but it’s always well worth the time to kill a boss or clear a nest for its rewards. There is minimal bloat in Banishers; everything has a purpose and is worth the time to do, and that keeps the game's progression moving at a good pace.

Combat relies on the usual heavy and light attack buttons players are likely familiar with, while defensive strategies involve dodging, blocking, and parrying in time with the enemy. While this is all routine for an action game at this point, Banishers does give the combat system a twist by allowing players to switch between Red and Antea on the fly. Antea is generally best equipped at handling demonically possessed corpses, while Red can go in for the finish once the corpse has been exorcised. Banishers makes its combat system a fun juggling act between clearing ghosts as Red and beating down possessed enemies as Antea while also dialing in the action so that neither character hogs the playtime for too long.


Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Bears a Striking Resemblance to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

In its back-and-forth combat rhythm, Red and Antea each have their own set of skills that intertwine through a handful of skill trees. As each skill tree grows, new possibilities open up to make swapping between Red and Antea a much more engaging affair. Some abilities that Red can unlock can buff Antea when she is active and vice versa. Unfortunately, it takes some time for the combat to open up so that players can truly synergize with both characters. It wasn’t until around the halfway point of the game that all its systems started working in that way, leaving a lot of the early game to rather boring hit-and-dodge gameplay. Eventually, there is a nice groove as players swap between Antea’s punching and exorcism skills and Red’s finishing moves to banish foes on the battlefield, but not without some slog in the opening chapters.

Banishers Red and Antea Ghost

Ultimately, Banishers does struggle to keep enemy encounters interesting in the long run, though, as there is a limited pool of enemies throughout most of the game. A decent chunk of the time, players will just be fighting possessed corpses and standard ghosts with varying intensity levels, depending on the scenario. Past the first few hours, players will have seen almost every type of enemy, and it simply becomes a matter of level-gating towards the end. However, the main boss fights of Banishers are to be noted as exceptionally unique in how they switch up the combat formula and present engaging scenarios that regularly took us by surprise. There aren't too many main boss battles in Banishers, but the ones players will experience are nice visual spectacles coupled with refreshing combat sequences. As a whole, combat in Banishers is polished enough to keep players going despite not being very revolutionary in any one aspect.

Polish is a key term that comes to mind with Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden . Banishers isn't necessarily reinventing the third-person narrative action game, but it doesn't want to, and it doesn't need to. The core of the game is in the story, and everything else is done well enough to carry the story and keep players locked into Red and Antea's journey without much fuss. There is a leanness and simplicity to Banishers that can be refreshing at a time when many games want to go bigger, badder, and larger. Banishers is easy to pick up, easy to get drawn into, and incredibly focused.

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However, despite all of the praise that Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden earns, it can be hard to recommend to everybody. It certainly is a niche title overall, and not everyone will be as gripped by its love story and supernatural Puritan setting as others. Perhaps only those with a significant appreciation for all things regarding demons, witches, and 17th-century gothic aesthetics will get the most out of it. Undoubtedly, though, what Don’t Nod has here is a title that is finely tuned for its target audience and arrives polished to the tee.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is in the spirit of high-quality AA games that should not go unnoticed. Banishers does not necessarily break any new ground with its systems but it keenly focuses on a single vision with its narrative and ensures that everything else is working in rhythm with it and working well . In the end, love is the driving force of Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden, and anyone who thinks that they might be interested in Red and Antea’s story is undoubtedly in for a good time.

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by Don't Nod and published by Focus Entertainment. 

  • Great storytelling with rich themes
  • Well-written and realized main characters
  • Excellent presentation
  • Well-paced progression and focused design
  • Combat is not very interesting at first
  • Clunky lip-syncing hurts the presentation
  • Binary decision-making takes away from a nuanced story

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden releases on February 13, 2024 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S. Game Rant was provided a PC code for the purposes of this review.

As true-crime documentaries gain popularity, ghost tours are also seeing a resurgence

A man standing in shadows in front of a building, with light under his face at night

On a balmy summer evening Phil Hore is traversing between historic buildings to tell bloody, gruesome tales about the horrors that took place within their walls.

His ghost stories from Rockhampton, in central Queensland, range from the city's rumoured connection to serial killer Jack the Ripper , and the first person hanged in the city — a gold commissioner guilty of two murders  — and the subsequent theft of his head.

The pop-culture historian started doing the spooky tours, which also cover historic true-crime cases, in the city's CBD about 18 months ago.

"The more I look into the history of things, the more I realise … Rockhampton seems to be centred around a lot of world history," Mr Hore said.

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His tours are often fully booked, and other ghost-tour businesses across regional Queensland are seeing an increased demand.

As to why people are drawn to this type of tourism, Lesley Hawkes, associate professor in QUT's School of Communication, said a huge increase in true-crime documentaries on streaming services, and podcasts, had helped drive interest in "dark tourism", a topic she has researched thoroughly.

Jack the Ripper's Rockhampton connection

For Mr Hore's tours, one of the most popular stories is that of Jack the Ripper and his rumoured connection to Rockhampton.

"The number-one suspect that British police had was this guy that roamed the world," Mr Hore said.

An old sepia toned photograph of a man in a suit looking out of frame.

That man was known as English-born Frederick Bailey Deeming, who spent time living in locations all over the world and Australia, including in Rockhampton, in 1883.

Mr Hore said Deeming worked in a plumbing and gas-fitting business while living in central Queensland and was accused of stealing from the business.

He later murdered his wife Marie and his four children in England, and second wife Mather, in Melbourne.

Publicity around the second murder grew in Melbourne, with Deeming eventually caught and put to trial, before being hanged in 1892.

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Mr Hore said Deeming had been linked to other possible murders and there was much speculation that he and Jack the Ripper were one and the same, though the theory has never been proven.

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Another popular tale is the story of Thomas Griffin, who was the gold commissioner and police magistrate in Clermont in 1867 , when he murdered two fellow police officers.

In 1868 he became the first person to be hanged in Rockhampton's prison, and shortly after his death his head was stolen from his grave site.

The skull was never found, though there were thoughts it was taken by a well-regarded local doctor, for scientific reasons, and kept in his surgery for years.

This too remains a theory that has never been proven.

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Why we love true crime

Ms Hawkes said though this type of tourism was becoming more popular, it was important to take ethical considerations.

"One of the points is that you shouldn't glorify the criminal or the crime, and you must always pay respect to the victims and the families of the victims," she said.

View of man, through people's shoulders, talking to people at night time pointing into distance

For his tours, Mr Hore said he never touched stories about serious crimes that occurred within the past 50 years, out of respect for families of victims that might still be living locally.

Mr Hore said the popularity of this kind of tourism seemed to come instead from the public's love of storytelling, and the personal connection it could unearth.

"It's a way of connecting to your town and the buildings," he said.

"Every tour, I'll have somebody come up and show me photos of a building, or [say something like], 'This is the story my grandmother told me about my family in this building.'"

Ms Hawkes said it was also about experiencing something "different" in tourism.

"It's less about fun and relaxation … and it's more about feeling scared or a part of the experience," she said.

"A lot of people today feel the world is a pretty dark place, they feel this type of tourism is actually more realistic, and they're gaining something from it."

A man standing in front of a well-lit, grand staircase inside a pub

Ghost tour trail

Jack Sim's company does ghost and true crime tours throughout the state.

Having run tours since 1998, Mr Sim said the area of tourism had gained more respect in recent years.

"There has definitely been a real resurgence of interest … it's the oldest form of entertainment, sitting in front of somebody and hearing a story."

A cross man clutches an iron fence next to a building

He is also looking to expand, wanting to start a "ghost-tour" trail through regional Queensland.

"I've been at it so long, I thought it would be good to work with some others, [especially] with the Olympics on the horizon."

Discussions between Mr Sim and Mr Hore about establishing a regional Queensland ghost-tour trail are now underway.

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  1. Hogwarts Legacy 'Ghost of Our Love' side quest walkthrough

    One side quest that is slightly different depending on which house you pick in Hogwarts Legacy is " Ghost of Our Love ." Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins will all start in a...

  2. Ghost of Our Love

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  3. How to solve the Ghost of Our Love treasure map in Hogwarts Legacy

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  4. Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of our Love Treasure map solution

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  5. Hogwarts Legacy: Ghost Of Our Love Quest Guide

    Ghost of Our Love is a side quest in Hogwarts Legacy introduced to players after accepting a certain request from various NPCs, as it all depends on the chosen House. The quest itself is not...

  6. Hogwarts Legacy: How to solve floating candles map Ghost of Our Love

    A set of floating candles will appear in the air. Follow them over the wooden bridge and into the forest until you come upon a set of chairs and a table with a chest next to them. Open the chest ...

  7. Hogwarts Legacy: Ghost of Our Love side quest guide

    How to complete Ghost of Our Love quest in Hogwarts Legacy. Avalanche Software/Warner Bros. Games. Using Lumos in the correct location will trigger a set of floating candles to spawn. You'll ...

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    The Jonsau Shrine is hidden in the Lanaryu Wetlands region to the east of Lookout Landing. The exact coordinates are 1743, 0018, 0025. This is one of the more unique side quests in the game. If ...

  9. Full Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of our Love quest guide

    Ghost of our Love, bridge puzzle, candle puzzle solution in Hogwarts Legacy. Everything starts once you've picked up the quest, and have received the map - though that certainly doesn't mean things will be easy. The map shows a bridge, some ruins, a forest, floating candles, and most importantly: the icon for the Lumos spell.

  10. Hogwarts Legacy: How to Complete the Ghost of Our Love Sidequest

    Although Hogwarts Legacy sidequest Ghost of Our Love won't test you with formidable opponents or confusing puzzles, it can still prove rather challenging as you'll be tasked with ...

  11. Hogwarts Legacy: How To Complete Ghost Of Our Love Side Quest

    Bring Lumos to the Forbidden Forest. Finishing the Ghost of Our Love side quest is fairly easy upon obtaining the map, as long as gamers have just a few clues to assist an otherwise obscure journey. The map itself provides images of everything players need to know to beat the side quest: A rocky arch, a bridge, some trees, and an illuminated wand.

  12. Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of our Love Walkthrough

    Ghost of our Love is a Side Quest in Hogwarts Legacy. This walkthrough will guide you through all objectives of the Ghost of our Love side mission and floating candles treasure map location. Location: Different for each House (Gryffindor: Hogsmeade / Slytherin: Squid Cave under Hogwarts / Ravenclaw: Owlery / Hufflepuff: Upper Hogsfield)

  13. Ghost of Our Love Side Quest and Treasure Location

    Ghost of Our Love Guide and Walkthrough. Objectives. 1. Inspect the Map. Interact with the Map With Floating Candles. You will obtain a piece of parchment with an illustration of a forest, a bridge, and candles. 2. Use the Map with Floating Candles to find the treasure. Head to the Forbidden Forest fast travel point at night.

  14. EASY GUIDE: Treasure Map and Location Ghost of Love Side Quest

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  15. Hogwarts Legacy "Ghost of Our Love" Quest Guide

    The Hogwarts Legacy side quest "Ghost Of Our Love" is a bit of a tricky one. It asks players to go on a bit of a scavenger hunt and it slightly changes depending on your house. Here's everything you need to know to get through the quest. Of the many quests and assignments in Hogwarts Legacy, "Ghost of Our Love" is a bit of a special one.

  16. Hogwarts Legacy Ghost of Our Love Side-quest Guide

    While "Ghost of Our Love" isn't necessarily a difficult quest, it is one of Hogwarts Legacy's more unique ones, as the location of the hidden treasure map changes depending on which of Hogwarts ...

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  21. 'Banishers: Ghosts Of New Eden' Review: A Beautiful Dark Love Story

    At the heart of Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a captivating love story between the two leads. Oh ...[+] and otherworldly monsters. Don't Nod/Focus Entertainment. Don't Nod is one of the most ...

  22. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Xbox review

    Follow Red and Antea through an emotional tale of love, life and death, and humanity. (Image credit: Cole Martin / Windows Central) Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a story-driven action-RPG from ...

  23. The Ghost Of Love (Remastered)

    Provided to YouTube by Universal Music GroupThe Ghost Of Love (Remastered) · TavaresAnthology℗ A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLCReleased...

  24. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden's Haunting Love Story Explained

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  26. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Review

    Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden tells a great story of love in the face of tragedy while doing just enough to keep players locked in. In this guide, players can find the release time for DON'T NOD's ...

  27. Ghost of Love

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