Spirit broods form so multiple ghosts can eat as much life force from their victims as they can. There are two kinds of broods, roaming and bound. Some go for scares and others savor their prey.
What are spirit broods?
A spirit brood is a group of ghosts, specters and entities that work together to feed on human energy. Most ghosts have no awareness about other spirits, unless they died together in some tragic event. In this case, a barrier in the Otherworld breaks down. This lets spirits and ghosts interact with each other, if they are intelligent hauntings. In general, all the spirits in a brood share a common goal, like draining children’s energy.
Ghosts associated with residual hauntings never form spirit broods.
Usually, specters form spirit broods, but inhuman entities and elementals can join. There are two types of broods, roaming spirit broods and bound spirit broods.
Roaming Spirit Broods
As the name suggests, some spirit broods move and follow people. This is a rarer type of group. It’s also the most short-lived.
Roaming spirit broods form to hunt for food. In many cases, this means they scare people and feed on their fear. Once they’ve eaten enough negative energy, the brood falls apart and the ghosts go their separate ways.
Large groups of people can attract a spirit brood, but there needs to be some kind of negative energy with them. Fear or anger from this large group could be the hook needed to attract the brood. War and riots are the usual causes, but long-term suffering can do it as well. Some spirit broods are known to follow refugees, haunt sweat shops and orphanages.
Roaming spirit broods are the most aggressive form. They only have a short time to feed, so they try to scare as many people as possible. This is why you find so many specters, especially chaos specters, in these groups. Nothing is more terrifying as a hungry chaos specter.
You can think of roaming spirit broods as the binge eaters of the ghostly world.
Bound Spirit Broods
Bound spirit broods fixate on a place. It could be a house, orphanage, or abandoned town. These spirits stay behind once the people they fed on have left. They become active once someone disturbs them.
Bound spirit broods usually have a larger number of ghosts in them. They may have shared the same death experience and become locked with each other. Some common examples are children who burn to death in an orphanage fire; airplane crash victims; or war casualties.
Bound spirit broods don’t try to shock their victims like roaming spirit broods. They do it gradually. First, they want to make you think they’re your friends or help you with housework. Then, they may begin to worry you, if you disappoint them in some way. If there’s a group of people in the location, they may take a bit of energy from each person until they find someone they really like. At that point, the brood will focus on that one person. It’s usually the most innocent person because their energy is pure.
Bound spirit broods don’t try to corrupt their victims. They want nutritious life force that’s free from negative emotions. That’s why children or naïve young people are their targets.
You can think of bound spirit broods as the slow diners at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Jacob Rice began investigating and writing about monsters in 2007. He has published 3 books on ghost hunting, ghost stories and paranormal protection. His podcast, Ghostly Activities, dives into these topics even more. You can also watch his ghost hunts on the Ghostly Activities YouTube channel. He lives in Olympia, Washington.