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.
Edit, October 2021: Nope, it was 3-and-a-half years.
I ran a “should I redraw this original strip or nah?” poll, in September ’21, and agreed with the reader-favorite answer — so this image here is the updated version. Look for the original as a bonus feature in Leif & Thorn Volume 5! Slated to be funded on Kickstarter in 2022, then available on Gumroad for everyone to buy.
- Update the early strip and book reprints, but keep the old version of the strip as a bonus/back of the book content* 45%, 32 votes32 votes 45%32 votes - 45% of all votes
- Leave the early strip as-is, I like seeing the imperfections of real-time comic development 34%, 24 votes24 votes 34%24 votes - 34% of all votes
- Put an updated version in book reprints, but leave the website archive as-is 14%, 10 votes10 votes 14%10 votes - 14% of all votes
- Put the updated and original versions side by side on a T-shirt.* 3%, 2 votes2 votes 3%2 votes - 3% of all votes
- Update the early strip, I want the fun of recognizing them when I reread 3%, 2 votes2 votes 3%2 votes - 3% of all votes
- Keep the old character as is, and (if it makes sense) briefly address the change in-universe. Old looks are not imperfections, they're part of the journey.* 1%, 1 vote1 vote 1%1 vote - 1% of all votes
- Put an updated version on the website, but leave the book version as-is in reprints 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes
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.