I am writing a story about ghosts. The government summoned these ghosts for a specific task(s). What might these tasks be? The ghost I'm working on is a ten-year-old girl in a small town who makes a friend with another girl (living).

Rules of the ghosts

  • The ghosts can touch physical objects if they want, but they need a small amount of focus.

  • They can turn invisible.

  • They can only appear as the age they died or younger.

  • They can take as much time to do the tasks unless stated by the person who gave the task.

  • They are not necessarily evil; they have free will.

  • They cannot go back until they complete the task.

  • They have the choice to go back once they complete the task.

If you have any questions, please ask. I will answer it.

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    $\begingroup$ Can you make clear why this is not about your story but rather about the rules of your world? I miss that point $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica Nov 25 '20 at 19:04
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    $\begingroup$ Why would someone X? questions are off-topic because you're not asking about a rule of your world (worldbuilding) but rather character actions/choices (storybuilding). How do I justify/explain X? questions are on-topic because they're asking about the world's rules (e.g., "how can ghosts exist in my world?" possible answer: "magic," which is a system or rule of the world). (*continued*) $\endgroup$ – JBH Nov 25 '20 at 19:12
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    $\begingroup$ Is this really a character choice question? If so, leave a message in chat and when I get back from work I'll happily throw some suggestions at you. You can ask anything in chat. $\endgroup$ – JBH Nov 25 '20 at 19:13
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, I did that. $\endgroup$ – Anderson Nov 25 '20 at 19:18
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    $\begingroup$ Can ghosts of dead people (technically) vote in election? $\endgroup$ – Alexander Nov 25 '20 at 19:58


Ghosts can become invisible and they can go through walls, so they can spy on people much more effectively than social media. They can then report organized crime and dissidents to the authorities.

This is even more effective if the ghosts can be summoned up with their effects. Deceased photographerd with ghost cameras would be the bane of criminals in a free society, or the bane of dissidents in an authoritarian society.


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