Ghost Boy of Kirinal
The Last Ghost of Kirinal
The Ghost Boy was an orphan who died along with half a million other mortals in the Disintegration of Kirinal. He has been haunting the area around the Kirinal Pit since then and is unique among the "Dead of Kirinal" for his ability to leave the Pit itself.
He seeks out people with interesting occupations and joins their adventures whether they want him to or not. His stories have been told in the "& Ghost Boy" Series of copper chronicles. Sergeant, weren't you the subject of one of those series?
I knew this would come up one day, so I'll say my piece and I'll be done. Yeah, I'm the same "Watchman Kill Flayer" from the books. Nope, I won't sign your copy. The publishing company exaggerated exactly what went on with Ghost Boy and me. There will be no reprints while I'm alive.
As to the Boy himself? He's a great kid. Yes, I know what really happened. That's not my story to tell.
At night the Kirinal Concordance Zone comes alive with spirits of all kinds: friendly, malevolent, mischievous, and everything in between. Despite the wards in the walls, and whatever agimat you're wearing, it's dangerous to walk in the dark alone. Even on the street just outside your home, you can get turned around. Direction can lose its meaning when reality changes every day.
It's common knowledge that if you're lost in the mists, you should close your eyes, hold out your hand, and say this rhyme. The Ghost Boy of Kirinal will sometimes take it and lead you home.
"Ghost Boy come and take my hand,
I am lost, my steps unplanned.
The aswang want my flesh and bone,
Here in the dark, please guide me home."
There are hundreds of reports over the years that he has led people home. However, no one has once reported that they've opened their eyes.
The Smiling Orphan
The Ghost Boy is the smiling spirit of a boy in archaic clothing. He plays tricks and performs silly good deeds for those who call on "Ghost Boy."
Nothing is known about the child who became the famous ghost. He was not important enough to have his name recorded anywhere. His death wasn't even a footnote in the tragedy of the Disintegration of Kirinal.
Mediums and spiritualists who have made contact with him know that he was a twelve-year-old orphan when he died. He's dressed in a school-boy uniform from two centuries ago: short pants, shirt, tie, jacket, and a pageboy cap.
He won't tell anyone any details about his life or even give anyone his name. They know that he had a miserable life and is actually much happier now that he's dead.
The Ghost Boy, he come to me when those ghost hunters keep bothering him. I make them leave him alone. That poor boy had such a hard life, I won't blame him if he were a bad spirit. But now he's so good! He only want to help!
Over the centuries since his death, the Ghost Boy of Kirinal has appeared to hundreds of people all over the Zone. He especially loves to haunt adventuring parties, joining them on grand quests in the Zone and helping out however he can. The Ghost Boy can only appear within the borders of his haunting, which is the entirety of the Zone.
The fact that he can even manifest outside of the Pit itself is unusual for one of the "Dead of Kirinal." The Smiling Orphan is the only one of their number known to appear outside of the Pit itself. No one knows why he can do this, least of all the Boy himself.
I think I've seen the Ghost Boy more than most. I feel like he would've made a good police officer if he had been able to grow up.
He loves to show up and point out clues that I've missed. He especially dislikes the Soul Stealer Gangsters. When I spot the Orphan while I'm on patrol, he's usually pointing out one of their hideouts.
I warn him to be careful, they might catch him in a ghost trap! But he's dead! He does not listen to me!
Legend of the Last Ghost
A legend has risen up around the Ghost Boy identifying him as the "Last Ghost." It has been prophesized that when the last of the "Dead of Kirinal" are transformed into soulforged the hole in reality, the Kirinal Pit, will finally close. Lost Kirinal will return to its rightful place where the Pit is now and the soulforged will all become "real" people again.
All the clerics, wizards, and arcane scientists who study the Pit deny that this is even possible. But soothsayers and fortune tellers insist that it is true. It's a favorite story run in the Aleph Zero Revelations.
Last Ghost is Last Hope for Soul Stealing Robots!
Experts in the fields of futurology and fortune-casting confirm exclusively to the AZ Revelations that the only hope for the so-called "soulforged" would be the transformation of the Last Ghost into a ghost-bot! Such an event would close the cancerous Pit and restore the robot-men to their rightful mortal forms! We demand that the Church of Anam skip the middleman and convert that Ghost Boy toot sweet!
Entry for the Treasured Companions Challenge.
Use Ghost Boy and his friends in your own campaign with these fun adventure hooks and Ghost Boy's 5E statblock!