jeebus I need to suck it up and write my senior project essay but I just
Ghost culture, the ghost zone, ghost language, and everything ghostly and non-human
Hm. I think I already wrote that I envision the ghosts as very similar to the pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. They’re basically self-serving, all bout their individual attachments, and when they do form alliances, they will easy turn on their allies.
But they do have a code of honor they adhere to. The Christmas Truce is a good example of this. It doesn’t really make sense to (most) humans, this concept that you can party like you’re best buds on Christmas Eve and then the next day be mortal enemies again, but that’s how they work, and violating it is HUGE. There are similar rules about how to treat ghost children, for example.
Skulker and Danny develop a relationship after the asteroid that is sort of based on this principle. Skulker will cause trouble, will make a lot of noise about hunting Danny, wanting his pelt on his wall, blah, blah, blah, but they’re basically friends, insofar as ghosts are capable of forming friendships. As a whole, they consider Danny one of them, even though he’s often their enemy when they try to mess with the human world.
Frostbite and his people don’t have this back-stabbing aspect to them. They’re more true friends. As far as I can tell, their attachment is information/history/records. There’s the Infi-Map and the cave paintings of Danny’s exploits against the Ghost King. I envision them with a massive archive of ghost history and records and lore, the kind of place that woudl be Sam’s heaven. But they seem more closely-related to living beings than most other ghosts.
Ghosts must maintain their attachment to exist. For a living creature to become a ghost when they die, they have to be clinging to something in life. This includes Danny, who will only become a full ghost when he dies if he clings to an attachment. If he is ready to move on, he will move on like any other human.
I don’t have any special ghost language in my headcanon. They basically speak human languages or are more animal-like and don’t speak at all.