OS X file system anomaly: “ghost ‘?’ in file names and unexpected symlinks

I’ve never seen this before – only found it because Time Machine kept failing (on Mac OS X High Sierra 10.13.6). A similar question was asked here ~7 years go but it was not solved (and he did not have symlink issues): File names in OS X appearing with question marks

I ran disk repair several times from Disk Utility.app (which did not find or fix any errors).

I determined the only location with this issue was iTunes Media/Music folder, so I zipped up the entire folder to force symlink resolution. This worked to resolve the ghost symlinks (some had 4 hops noted but no source). Backups now run without error (48 and 80??, I don’t recall presently).

What I’ve not been able to fix is the random ‘?’ character in the file.

I tried the solution noted here: Remove question mark "?" from file names OSX which seemed like it would be perfect, but it had no effect. The “?” still persists even after the mv operation, specifically:

find . -type f -name '*?*' | while read f; do mv "$  f" "$  {f//\?/}"; done 

In Finder, no ? appears and you cannot grep “?” out of the name, so strictly speaking, the character does not appear to exist. They only appear in Terminal:

MacBook-Pro:Welcome Reality +$   ls -lsuG total 177456 20656 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group  10572851 Jan 12 09:31 02 ?Doomsday.mp3 14944 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group   7645727 Jan 12 09:31 03 My Eyes (G3dit).mp3 23632 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group  12093176 Jan 12 09:31 03 ?My Eyes.mp3 18768 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group   9605621 Jan 12 09:31 04 Guilt.mp3 20336 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group  10407761 Jan 12 09:31 06 ?Me and You.mp3 19968 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group  10220743 Jan 12 09:31 11 ?Must Be the Feeling.mp3 17104 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group   8749666 Jan 12 09:31 13 Promises.MP3 19920 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group  10194622 Jan 12 09:31 15 ?Won't You (Be There).mp3 21952 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group  11232230 Jan 12 09:31 17 ?Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix).mp3    16 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group      7366 Jan 12 09:31 AlbumArtSmall.jpg    80 -rw-r--r--  1 User  group     35880 Jan 12 09:31 Folder.jpg MacBook-Pro:Welcome Reality +$   find . -type f | grep ? *[no results returned]* MacBook-Pro:Welcome Reality +$   find . -type f | grep M ./03 My Eyes (G3dit).mp3 ./03 My Eyes.mp3 ./06 Me and You.mp3 ./11 Must Be the Feeling.mp3 ./13 Promises.MP3 

And here’s what I see in Finder:

screen shot of Finder results

Does anyone in 2019 have any idea what is going on here?

Would Ghost Trap revert a Psion Uncarnate to corporeal form?

Would the spell Ghost Trap revert a psion uncarnates incorporeal form if they enter the affected area ? What confuses me is this part of the wording for the ghost trap spell:

All incorporeal creatures in this field become corporeal. Creatures cannot turn ethereal while in this area, and ethereal creatures cannot become nonethereal while in this field.

What is the spell point cost of a greater ghost strike command undead?

Using Spheres of Power (SoP), what would the spell point cost be of a command undead greater ghost strike? Would it be 2 points, 1 for command undead and 1 for greater ghost strike? Would it be 1+ each undead you attempt to command within the cone effect?

Ghost Strike

As a standard action, you may make a ghost strike, summoning negative energy and throwing it at a target within Medium range as a ranged touch attack. A ghost strike is considered a negative energy death effect, and as such has no effect on undead, constructs, elementals, and other creatures immune to such things (although some talents provide exceptions). Ghost strike effects do not stack with themselves.

Some Death talents are designated (ghost strike), which provide you with additional types of ghost strikes.

Greater Ghost Strike

When making a ghost strike, you may spend an additional spell point to form your ghost strike into a Close-range cone, allowing you to make an attack roll against every target within this area.

Command Undead (ghost strike)

You may spend a spell point to make a ghost strike that grants you a measure of control over an undead creature (Will negates). For 1 minute per caster level, an unintelligent undead creature falls under your control or an intelligent undead become friendly toward you….

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