Setting

Ghosts~

Ghosts

The general term to refer to all those that are outsiders of the realm of the living. They reside on earth because they can’t move elsewhere; many have come to the conclusion that heaven and hell don’t exist. While Ghosts are often considered to be dead people, some were born as Ghosts and are thus considered inhuman. Ghosts are also just a collection of energy forming a soul, and as such, can be destroyed or consumed by other Ghosts, resulting in a ‘second death’ for Spirits.

Spirits

The souls of the dead, of people who used to be alive. Depending on the nature of their deaths, they may be kind or vicious. Once they’ve been around long enough, they gain the ability to affect things around them, and even leave marks that the living can see. If too distraught, a good spirit might turn into an evil one, and cause harm to whatever is around them. Unlike other Ghosts, Spirits don’t age or change. Some grow to be able to alter their appearances, but their thinking and habits remain the same as the age they died. Spirits are the most limited in power of all Ghosts, and they fade away once all memories of their existence disappear from the living world. Some people do not become Spirits when they die, however; people who commit suicide become Curses, damned for eternity, while there are also cases like Nova’s family, whose Spirits all disappeared.

Psyches

The manifestation of emotion and thought. Some were once alive, but most of them have never been human. They break off into three different groups: Curses, Phantoms and Rationals. Curses are unintelligent mindless monsters that usually appear grotesque or alien. They feed on the negative thoughts and energies of both living and dead, and are incapable of communication. They are usually the souls of people who committed suicide, punished with eternal damnation. Phantoms also appear like monsters, but intelligent. They actively seek out victims and attack their minds to increase their power; some may even be capable of speech. Rationals are extremely intelligent, and are often able to not just talk and take on human form, but make themselves visible to the living. Out of all Psyches, Rationals tend to be the most reasonable, but also the most fearsome due to their intellect. All Psyches are very powerful, able to overpower Spirits and influence the living. Unlike Spirits, that survive on memories, Psyches feed on emotions and soul energy, often attaching themselves to someone from the living.

Shadows

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Soul Energy

The energy that creates a Ghost’s form and power. Its source is believed to be created by the emotions and memories from the living, though it is heavily debated. To exorcise a Ghost, their soul energy must be destroyed.

Ghostly Elements

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Silver Cords

Strings that connect a soul to the body it had been detached from. There are usual only a few Cords, most importantly those that connect the head and the heart. When these are severed, the person will officially be dead.

Corporations~

Winterson and Co.

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Geography~

Singapore

The country in Southeast Asia where the story takes place. A tiny and young city state, without a huge cultural history that its region boasts. However, due to the fact that it used to be an international trading port, it is home to a multitude of races and culture that remain buried in its history.