Who ends up with magic? Can powers be inherited? Well . . . sort of.
We know that magical long-runners keep the same types of powers as their past lives. So it’s possible — although hard to test for — that every soul reincarnates with the same magic, with or without the memories.
It’s definitely not genetic. There’s no DNA test that can tell if someone has powers. And you can awaken as the only magical person in your family tree — for ten or more generations back.
But when magic does run in a family? The biological children still seem to “inherit” their powers from at least one side.
Magical grandparent (water)
Magical parent (nature) + Non-magical parent
Magical child (could’ve had water or nature powers, but not fire)
Also! Since the rise of artificial fertility stuff, we’ve found out that a surrogate can have the same influence on the powers of a baby they carry — even if they aren’t genetically related.
It opened up some messy ethical problems when the public found that out — but lots of cool stuff too.
Holly: So that’s where I got my powers! My other parent (who isn’t around anymore) didn’t have magic in the family. Neither did the egg donor. But Mom carried the pregnancy. — thanks to some messy surgical stuff that I really don’t want to think about ever.
Laurel: Holly, these aren’t our costumes, why —
Holly: Shh, Mom, it’s for a theme.