PRE-RELEASE SPOILERS: The Ghost hijacks Nalini Singh’s Twitter account for an hour
Hey, Psy-Changeling fans! So you think you know who The Ghost is? This post might have you thinking again… (Updated 25/5/2013 to add link to Storify.)
This morning Twitter users got to ask the Ghost some questions directly. He gave us some hints as to his identity, but some of his answers just raised more questions. Berkley will post a Storify link tomorrow (click here), but in the meantime, here is a summary of what we learned:
The Ghost was damaged before the PsyNet began to degrade, but he still does not want to leave. He is a male (not multiple people) who was ‘broken’ as a child, and who got rid of his conscience to survive. It hasn’t and (he believes) will never return. But he bonded with a woman (who is not his lover and is still alive today) during that time, and she is the only one to whom he is loyal and the only one who will keep him from carrying out his plans. He refuses to say what those plans are, only that they will become clear in time and he has been putting them into effect for over 20 years. He doesn’t discuss his plans with anyone except sometimes Judd and Xavier. He suspects Judd may have an idea of his ultimate goal. Sienna is no longer a part of his plan, but he would not answer why (is it because she is no longer a surprise?).
Only Judd and Hawke know who he is. He is related to a male we have already met and it’s important who he is related to. We can rule out the Laurens, Duncans, Dev, Hawke, Lucas and Zaid Adelaja (original Arrow) as relatives. When someone asked outright if the Ghost is Zaid, he said, ‘Zaid is dead.’ Does that actually rule him out? It wasn’t a no.
He had his own reasons for leading Judd to Alice. Judd has been loyal to him and he considers loyalty to be everything. He will never betray Xavier or Judd.
Ming will die when the time is right. The Council is all but gone, it just needs the final strike to completely put it out of its misery.
The Ghost does not have outlets or things he does in his spare time because he does what needs to be done and does not waste time. He also considers friends, lovers, etc. as weaknesses that can be used against him. While he has a relative, he has no family. This woman is the only one who has his loyalty and something happened to her that set him on his path.
He was romanticised a lot and received several marriage proposals, so he responded with this message: ‘you do not want to marry me. I would snap your neck if you touched me wrong.’ He is a virgin, but willing to use sex if necessary—he has no boundaries to achieving his goals.
The Ghost has no tattoos.
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