Of Ivy and Ash
Spirits and Demons
Dead whom find themselves in the Underworld are almost always disoriented by the experience. Within the moment of death, the connection between body and soul snaps and the soul is set adrift. Confused and in a dazed state, the spirit is subjected to the pull of Lethe and into the cycle of reincarnation. Some of the stronger spirits with things still tying them to their old life will hold on and refuse the cycle, falling into the Underworld.
Being a ghost is giving memory form, a reflection of of who and what the ghost was in their former life. Most ghosts will bear the marking of their death, appearing exactly how they did either at death or moments before. A person who was straggled in real life will bear the telltale bruising marks in the Underworld. While many ghosts appear as they did in real life, it is all a lie. This form is a corpus, a matrix of Essence attuned to the Oblivion-tainted nature of the Underworld.
Despite having the death marks, a ghost will usually not have any physical injuries associated with her cause of death. A person who died of old age might appear wrinkled and stooped, but but will move with the same vigor of a much younger person. There are occasional exceptions to the rules, being mortwights of spectres.
The clothing of a ghost is not actually real. It is something that cannot be chosen at first, so a farmer will most likely have the same rags they wore everyday during their life when they enter the Underworld.