While not technically ghosts, mimic spirits often take the voices and vague appearances of deceased loved ones, lingering near mourning individuals for months or even years.
Mimic spirits are known to linger around cemeteries and follow individuals home. They eventually start mimicking the deceased person in order to stay, using the emotional connections to encourage the family members not to force them out. As with shadows, they are the cause of a number of haunting stories, but unlike shadows will seek to limit their effects on others and will leave a home if it is deemed haunted.
Traits and Behavior
Mimic spirits are small, translucent beings that appear as a glowing orb or occasionally a small flame, generally blue. They are technically a collection of energy, and do not have a physical form; they can pass through most solid objects unless they are very thick (as they lose too much energy moving through them). They are very susceptible to bright lights and rain, and try to find shelter indoors whenever possible. To find shelter, they seek out mourning families and individuals, trying to imitate the deceased person to the best of their ability in order to hide their presence within a home as a haunting.
Mimic spirits primarily aim to imitate voices, ‘speaking’ in a whisper and repeating phrases they hear around the house. They will usually repeat names over and over again, floating out of sight. If sighted, they are quick to disappear, and can pass through walls and floors to do so. They can be caught on camera, but their unique physiology causes most photos to come out blurry and unfocused, appearing as a flare or smear most often. Over time they can manipulate the light around them to appear vaguely humanoid, relying on wishful thinking (or fear) to sell the illusion that they are a ghost.
Mimic spirits do not actually understand the words they repeat, and can be caught by repeating nonsense phrases or single words over and over. If caught, they will flee, usually back to a cemetery to repeat the cycle. They may hide in a forest area if they need to escape, and can be mistaken for a will-o’-the-wisp, though they aren’t as bright and will follow travelers rather than the other way around.
Mimic spirits seek out shelter due to their vulnerability to the elements; rain can put out their light entirely, and bright sunlight can disperse their energy, which takes time to reform. They seek out humans in order to consume the carbon dioxide they breathe out, which is the mimic’s primary food source. The imitation of the dead appears to have started as a coincidence, then been pursued when they realized humans are less likely to force them out if they believe they are the departed soul of a loved one.
Mimic spirits feed on carbon dioxide, and when they reach a certain age or energy level, naturally split into two, which are then completely separate individuals, which both appear to gain the original’s memories. They do not need to seek out their fellow mimic spirits, but they often congregate in cemeteries or abandoned buildings while seeking out new hiding places, and do not appear to be territorial should more than one reside in the same home.
Mimic spirits are not inherently dangerous, but because they do not understand human speech or actions, they can cause fear, paranoia and psychological damage in the person who they are effectively haunting. Should the human in question start showing more extreme actions, they often leave to ensure their own safety.
Mimic spirits can also be found in power plants or near large engines instead of haunting humans; if seen in these places, they often buzz at a volume similar to an AC unit or failing electronic, and are usually mistaken for a trick of the light or electrical issue.
Mimic spirits are essentially a ball of energy, and can be harmed or killed by dispatching that energy. The easiest ways are getting them very wet or cold (such as in the rain or snow) or by increasing their power levels to the point their form can’t retain shape and splits apart (direct sunlight is the most effective, but a large blast of heat or light can have the same effect).
While often mistaken for ghosts, they cannot be dispatched or harmed by an exorcism. They do often leave the area should one occur, to protect themselves, so the option will still be effective for those reasons.