Instead of being largely debunked, Spiritualism proves to be partially vindicated. Ghosts exist, and mediums are able to make contact with them. However, as they begin to be better understood, it becomes clear that ghosts are not exactly the souls of the dead, but bits of psychic energy that remain after emotional turmoil, carrying with them the feelings and the knowledge of those tormented souls. The most common event that leaves behind a ghost are death agonies, but other events can prompt them as well, and living individuals may have ghosts in the world. The majority of people leave behind a ghost upon death, but persons who die peacefully frequently do not.
Ghosts can be contacted by individuals with
psi powers and who possess the necessary skill of . In séances , they
can allow others without psi powers to experience and speak with the
ghost as well, but this requires the use of a psionic amplifier of some
Ghosts possess the knowledge of the person at the time the
ghost was created. They have no knowledge of events in a the life (if
any) of the person forming the ghost subsequent to the point at which
they were formed. They have difficulty in retaining any new memories
and so remain mired in the past.
Ghosts are frequently insane
from the agonies which create them. They are always less than full,
well-rounded individuals and are focused on whatever was the concerns of
the person who formed them at the time of their formation.
psychic energy of a ghost is always attached to a particular object such
as a building, a natural object (tree, boulder, etc.), or personal item
owned by the individual (weapon, portrait, jewelry, etc.). Destroying
the item banishes the ghost. Ghosts may also be exorcised without
destroying the object by a sufficiently strong psychic.
psionic abilities and emotional problems can be possessed by ghosts. In
this case the ghost is able to once more have a full life experience.
The ghost can be exorcised, in which case the ghost is destroyed.
alien cultures have learned how to deliberately form ghosts and this
has become part of their technology. Ghosts are deliberately created to
act as expert systems and to preserve the knowledge of the past. In
some cultures, creating a ghost is considered the appropriate final
action of an individual in the last moments of life. Psionic devices
and drugs have been developed to which aid in the formation of a
ghost. This technology has now passed into human hands and trained
psionic individuals can form ghosts at will.
Creating a ghost
requires one point of psi power which remains lost for the duration of
the ghosts existence. Temporary ghosts may be produced which vanish
after a period of time but permanent ghost imply the permanent loss of
psi power. Permanent ghosts are therefore commonly only formed by
persons in the last stages of life. Because of these limitations, items
haunted by expert ghosts are necessarily rare and expensive.