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A Hungry Ghost is born when the lower soul (the animal soul of the body, containing physical urges and violences) becomes angered and, rather than descending to the Underworld, lashes out against the living, which, in its instinctive state and having dulled senses, it percieves as enemies who have “wronged” it.

Hungry Ghosts (Bogghon, Blood Drinker)

The Hungry Ghost (from Mysian bogghon, “one who devours”) is relatively common, as Undead go. A Hungry Ghost is born when the lower soul (the animal soul of the body, containing physical urges and violences) becomes angered and, rather than descending to the Underworld, lashes out against the living, which, in its instinctive state and having dulled senses, it percieves as enemies who have “wronged” it. The animal soul can be angered in many ways- murder victims, especially those whose murders go uninvestigated or unavenged, often produce Hungry Ghosts. Those who are poorly buried or buried without proper ritual sometimes yield Blood Drinkers. But it is most often the unburied or uncremated dead (or in some cases, those who are not pleased according to local ritual) who give up their Hungry Ghosts.

Hungry Ghosts vary in appearance depending on the person. Often, they manifest merely as an apparition of the person, though twisted and animalistic; others are more monstrous (the Hungry Ghost of King Ytath of an ancient country is a crouching evil shadow with four clawed arms).  However, all Hungry Ghosts are semi-immaterial. Their touch is icy cold and often raises blood blisters or wounds on the flesh of the touched. It is dangerous to fight a Hungry Ghost, for in sustaining their touch they cause more serious wounds, and their breath is like terrible slaying ice. They consume the blood and flesh of those they slay.

Hungry Ghosts have dull senses- they see only poorly, in shades of grey, black, and very dulled color; they hear screams, cries, and sobs very clearly, though laughter they hear not at all. They cannot feel, and when they eat they taste only ashes (some mad Hungry Ghosts consume vast amounts of food and wine in attempting to taste again). Hungry Ghosts are not harmed by bright lights, but rather, avoid it, for its brilliance overwhelms their poor vision.



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Voted Michael Jotne Slayer
December 18, 2005, 10:40
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How can we kill it? Or make them descend to the underworld by solving their murder and bringing the guilty to justice. Are they restricted in any way? Perhaps to the area around their body?
Things they once cared for?

Really good. Bravo.

Mike.
Voted valadaar
February 18, 2007, 18:31
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A nice take on the basic ghost - though they could as easily be Wraiths as well :)
Voted Dozus
November 6, 2012, 7:28
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An interesting idea that a particular aspect of the mind could becomes its own (semi)sentient spirit. Does could a dead soul split into multiple ghosts, such as a separate hungry ghost and intelligent ghost?

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