I’m taking a bit of a risk drawing the Little White-Haired Girl there. Likely as not, it’ll take 5 years to introduce her and I’ll have totally changed her design by then.
Thorn: More about long-runners! I don’t remember any former incarnations, so I’ll turn this over to the people who do.
Blush Noisette Duval: Long-runners are most likely to be reborn in bodies that share bloodlines with their previous body. You always stay within the same species (so I couldn’t come back as a Tamaputian), and usually within the same culture/nationality.
In my case, you have to go back several waves of continental migration to find a common ancestor . . . but that’s rare. Guess I just got lucky.
Cymbeline Dupont (formerly Radiance Cannelle) You’re also most likely to be reborn with the same sex and gender, but either or both can swap.
It’s possible to be a long-runner for one incarnation, or a series of them, and then stop. We’re not sure if anyone has incarnations they don’t remember in between the ones they do. That’s hard to test for. This is my fourth incarnation as a long-runner. That’s pretty rare!
First birth was 450 years ago. I don’t remember much from that life by now.
Most of us don’t reincarnate fast enough to reunite with anyone who knew our previous incarnation. I do meet a lot of people whose parents were helped (or hurt) by my legal work from the last time around.
Capt. Jonquil Sel: Some of us do get in touch with our descendants. Second Life Resource Center has pamphlets and support groups to help you decide if you want to do it, and how. There’s a wide range of norms for how long-runners are treated, depending on the culture.
Pres. Olive Romarin: In Getsun, finding your previous life’s family is encouraged. The birth family and descendant family are formally connected, same as when the kids intermarry. The other extreme is the United Islands, where making those connections is seen as an unhealthy fixation on the past. Ceannis and Sønheim both fall somewhere between those two.
???: You may not remember the exact details of how you died. If it was too sudden, or your brain was in no condition to form memories. Most of us don’t.