A way overdue character sheets of sorts. Decided to do this height chart to show the size comparison, especially between Wangdue and his fellow ghosts.
Without further ado, have some info dump!The ghosts of Elarthe
In order to "move on", a ghost should embrace the Collector. There are those who chose to stay, leaving them vulnerable to Oblivion as natural magic continues to seep into their being.
Some are only able to stay for hours, perhaps even less. And there are some who can stay for a long time, perhaps even a thousand years. Such beings may develop new spirit magic abilities that can only manifest within themselves, like the power of Suggestion, telekinesis, gaining solid forms and etc.
However, even such ghosts will lose memories of their past, and then their forms will gradually follow suit. In time, all must either embrace the Collector, or fall to Oblivion.
Wangdue, head of the Right and Left Hand, is the oldest known being among the ghosts.
There may be more to the history of ghosts, but as they are no longer able to write and make records, stories and testaments can only be passed by word of mouth. Elarthe's Ghost Guard:
When it was obvious that the Collector is only interested in collecting souls ( and only those who were willing to move on), there was a need to mitigate the unruly ghosts attacking the living people.
Several groups of well-meaning ghosts around Elarthe have taken it upon themselves to do this noble Duty. It was only with the rise of Wangdue that most of these groups were united into a more effective force; the Right Hand.Wangdue
He's the founder and Head of the Right Hand, and later, the Left Hand.
Due to his age, he can no longer remember his past; only the Duty that he has undertaken to maintain peace in the afterlife. He appears to wear a ceremonial robe, which suggests that he may have been a priest of a long forgotten religion.
He used to be active in the Right Hand force, until he showed obvious signs of deterioration, as though any more exertion of magic will hasten the Oblivion process. He has grown big and is so full of magic that he needs to stay in deserted areas, or his presence will negatively affect the living people.
The only time he would go to far places is when the Great Wolf Spirit comes by when the full moon appears. No one knows why the Great Wolf would come to him. If Wangdue ever knew, he'd have forgotten it.
He has the ability to feel and detect disturbances caused by magic or energy, but only in great magnitude. If a ghost was using great amounts of magic to attack a village, he can sense it. If it's just one individual being subtly and slowly tortured by a ghost, he cannot detect it. His range may be wide but it is still limited.
It is because of this limitation that patrols are needed. Even then, they too take great care when walking into highly populated places - prolonged exposure to ghosts may incite mental or physical instability to the living, thereby causing the "Haunting" effect.
He is reliant on Helga and Raja to manage the Right and Left Hand and carry out the Duty. The Right Hand
Originally, the force did not have a name, only that they were known as "The Right Hand of Wangdue". As time passes, it would later be acknowledged with its own name as "The Right Hand".
Despite being known as the biggest force in the afterlife, their numbers are not entirely that great. Not many dead people are willing to get into fighting (again) and potentially losing their existence forever. The force is often stretched thin between the many tasks of patrols, defense, and offense.
Even then, the Right Hand are notorious for being picky about choosing its members. They would only take in certain ghosts who are upright individuals before their deaths. Due to this, there is a certain amount of inflexibility among them in terms of perspective, sometimes even hints of extremism. To them , it is only the 'good way', or it is not a way at all. They are sometimes seen as ruthless when executing ghosts who are deemed to have committed wrongdoing.
The Right Hand is currently led by General Helga, who answers only to Wangdue.Helga
Like most old ghosts, Helga can no longer remember her past. But word of mouth has preserved the one fact that she used to be a general in her life. While she is fine with being called by her name, most would address her as General out of respect.
Helga's eyes are no longer visible, but her form remains intact. She is able to create her spear weapon using spirit magic.
She can be authoritative and stubborn, almost like a tyrant. Despite this, her people revere her still, as she is capable and able to rally them as an effective force. Many of the toughest battles with terrible ghosts have been won due to her direction.
She is almost not receptive to any suggestion that the Left Hand would provide. Wangdue and her lieutenants are the only ones who can make her see reason. Even so, it is often done with considerable difficulty.
It is almost impossible for her to accept any decision that is against her judgment. The only person who can demand her to accept such decisions is Wangdue, and he does not do so lightly.
Despite her intimidating personality, very few have attested that she has shown a slightly softer side to them, in their moments of vulnerability. The Left Hand
The Left Hand is a new division led by Raja, radically different than the Right Hand.
They are infamous for giving offending ghosts the chance to redeem themselves, even recruiting them. Such ideals are offensive to the Right Hand, most of all to the General, who believes that a division with such ideology will give rise to a greater evil in due time. The only reason the Left Hand existed was solely due to Wangdue's permission.
Because they are willing to take in any kind of individuals, they are seen to be far more merciful and having a wider variety of abilities among their ranks. They gained support among those who secretly felt that the Right Hand are too strict in their handling of errant ghosts. Despite having 'recently' existed, their numbers increased almost as much as the Right Hand force. Few of the Right Hand have even switched sides, further fuelling the dissent between the two divisions.
However, such a division is not without its faults. Some of its members are even unrepentant ghosts who simply choose to behave, in order not to be executed. There have been a few members who took advantage of the Left Hand's collective flexibility, although they are always quickly dealt with.
Tension is always existing between the Right and Left Hand, both sides eagerly looking for faults to pin against the other. Ironically, the two divisions had worked together before, in cases where both leaders clearly see that teamwork is the only solution, or when Wangdue ordered them to. Otherwise, they would prefer to work independently.Raja
Despite having existed as a ghost for a long time, perhaps even as long as Helga, he only appeared to the ghost community fairly recently (the term recently is relative, as it could mean even two hundred years ago).
Wanting to partake in the Duty, but unwilling to accept the harsh approaches of the Right Hand, he would eventually lead his own followers and, with permission from Wangdue, lead the Left Hand division.
In addition to being a capable leader and warrior, he has the power of Suggestion; the power to mentally nudge a sentient being to a certain inclination. With the right nudge in the right time, the affected person may end up doing what Raja suggest them to do. Suggestion cannot overpower or a change a person's mind entirely, but despite such limitations, Raja uses them sparingly, as even he acknowledges that it's as unethical as using mind control. When having to battle, he can create a battle axe out of spirit magic.
In contrast to Helga, Raja is more approachable and willing to listen, quite often accepting proposals told to him. Some may criticize him as being too soft, but in contrary, he has personally taken action against those who misused their positions for their own agenda.
With his abilities, leadership and the growing power of the Left Hand, many see him as an equal to Helga, perhaps even as a more worthy successor to Wangdue. Raja, however, insisted that he would not entertain such thoughts. He respects Helga, even though he knows that they'll never see eye-to-eye on matters of guarding the afterlife. Helga, in turn, looks upon him with contempt and (very) grudging tolerance. Ironically, even she would admit that he is a capable person. All the more reason for her wanting to be rid of him, as he has the capacity to be a fearsome enemy in the future.The successor to Wangdue?
The General had always been seen as the best successor to Wangdue... until Raja appeared. His success as the leader of the Left Hand had caused an awkward scenario for the successor position.
Should Raja be chosen, Helga is sure to object to the decision, and is likely to incite the Right Hand to rise up against him. If Helga is chosen, she will make all efforts to quash the Left Hand division, by peaceful or forceful means.
Choosing either one may cause a potential war between the Right and Left Hand division, which will weaken the ghost guard as a whole.
Many have predicted that Wangdue will have to go soon, either to the Collector or succumbing to Oblivion. Nevertheless, he stubbornly clings to his existence, until he finds a way to resolve the issue of his succession.
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