Yeah, well attempted killing spree, though the grasshoppers certainly felt my wraith, my meditation gave me something akin to what you just quoted, can't rightly recall exactly what it was, but "beyond redemption... wrathful" or something along those lines, nothin elephant like, also I was an amazing porter at the time I died.
Yeah I'm not sure if I had to attack you multiple times or not, but it was definitaly only one incarnation of you. Seemed legit no errors, just spotted you exhausted and attacked. Also I'm fairly sure I am beyond redemption, but it would be nice to be able to tap into the greater karmic wheel as an animal, something akin to meditation, mebbe the spirits would respond to me differently. I'm still trying to figure out how to really interact meaningfully with them. I had a couple of asuras following me around but couldn't really see anything different happening.
You can use them to carry stuff around just like any other person in your party, but you can't put them on guard because A) you can't move while meditating, B) you can't meditate on a city tile. They don't seem to be or do anything special. Same goes for devas. Pretas, however, will not enter cities so can't even be used for freight.
P.S. Rast, last time I meditated before being murdered I felt "deva-like" yet was reincarnated as an elephant. Is that a problem or is meditation just slightly inaccurate? (I was also an amazing meditator.)