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SmartyPants:
The Spirit Within is a treatise found in the fourth Crypt's cache of books.

The Spirit Within"Some believe that the mind evacuates the brain at death, and that spirits represent the mind divorced from physical form. But why would only some of the dead return? Why would they only interact with telepaths? A growing body of scholars have accounted for this problem by concluding that spirits are not the minds of the departed, but rather, something created unconsciously by telepath themselves. In this theory, a spirit is simply a telepath's internal mental processes manifesting externally. The telepath obsessed with violence conjures violent spirits. The lonely telepath conures companion spirits. And when the telepath dies, so do the spirits that (he alone) sees."

SmartyPants:
This book answered some questions that I had about spirits:

Why are spirits only humans?-  If spirits were just the "soul" after death and only humans become spirits, then that would mean that spriggats and shadowlings wouldn't have souls.  I really didn't like the concept of empathetic characters such as Festus and Cerzak to be considered soulless, so I was a little relieved to learn that spirits weren't real souls.  Now knowing that spirits are something created unconsciously by telepathes, one can now assume that only humans have the type of brain/mind to create spirits instead of thinking that the other races are soulless.

Why did spirits only talk to telepaths?-  Spirits can choose to reveal themselves to humans, so why did the the spirits in Baz's basement only speak to Baz's Gifted servant?  If spirits were holding Fizooz hostage for a presumably long time, then why did Luca only ask Duvalier for help instead of asking everyone in earshot?  After reading The Spirit Within, it makes sense that these spirits only talked to these Gifted individuals, because these Gifted individuals are the ones who created the spirits.

Why do only some of the dead become spirits?- Before The Spirit Within revealed the true origins of spirits, I was wondering why nobody ever knew a dead person who became a spirit.  Having unfinished business before dying woudn't be an adequate enough requirement. Darime, Griffin, Rahel, Malekahin, and Cygnus would have all becomes spirits after dying if they were only required to have a deep regret or unfinished business.  Also, Azma's need to collect a debt seems like very unimportant, unfinished business compared to all the people who died in TSoG trying to fight on behalf of their friends, families, and gods.  Since "spirits are not the minds of the departed, but rather, something created unconsciously by telepath themselves", it makes sense that nobody knew a spirit before they supposedly died.

Why don't enemy spirits return after being defeated?- Spirits can't be permanently destroyed, so why don't the spirits in Baz's basement continuously counterattack after being forced to dissipate?  If the angry spirits' wills were completely independent, then it doesn't make much sense for them to give up the fight so easily.  Knowing that spirits are created by telepathes, one can conclude that the Gifted Resistance members subconsciously influence the spirits to make the spirits think they have become defeated beyond redemption.

Chocobo_Fan:
This is all well and good, SmartyPants, but still don't think you're clear about the fact that The Spirit Within is not the be-all-end-all in regards to spirits. It is one of many possible interpretations; it provides an alternative, more mundane explanation for the existence of spirits, if people, such as you, don't like the idea they are dead people. However, it is no more plausible than the alternatives -- there is a roughly equal amount of evidence to support both, as we have already discussed at length. Just like the more central theme of Yahwah's existence, the story is being deliberately ambiguous to allow the player to form their own interpretations. There is no absolutely no "correct" interpretation here.

SmartyPants:
The Spirit Within says why spirits can't be dead people, and then the treatise explains that spirits are "something created unconsciously by telepath themselves".  You guys keep saying that there are holes in The Spirit Within's theory and that there is loads of evidence to why spirits are dead people, but you guys don't ever present anything to support your claims.  Your main argument the whole time has been that you guys don't trust anything you read including all the Crypt books.

Can you guys stop with the "Yahwah's existence" comparison?  You guys are comparing apples and oranges.  Like the real world, there is no evidence in the games that says there is or isn't a god.  On the other hand, the game presents evidence against the "spirits are dead people theory".

Ertxiem:
I don't really understand why there are only human spirits. The book doesn't address that point and we have no explanation whatsoever for why only humans have spirits (spirits being dead persons or the creation of psys).

Furthermore, in TPA2 we can have a team of non psy humans and yet fight ghosts. On the other hand one can argue that at least one of the humans (our main character in TPA2?) may have psy abilities without noticing (but one can say that with respect to any human it exists in the TRPG world).

Another hard point to address is the fury and stimulate working in ghosts. We may say that the human that created them projects his knowledge and affects the ghost accordingly. If that's the case, there is no need to try to understand the ghost physiology in detail. I feel that this explanation doesn't fit perfectly.

One of the main objections I have to this theory is the number of units the psy human is controlling. Not only he is directing his troops into combat but it's also controlling unconsciously a number of enemies that may even be larger than his team. So, consciously he may control himself and 7 other people on his team, while at the same time he is controlling unconsciously even more enemies!? This is even more surprising if we consider that this happens in people without the gift to see and command like Duvalier does.

I'm still having a hard time to say that one of these theories has a decisive argument in favour of it.

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