I was wondering if I could give some feedback on this. I find the idea of writing from the perspective of a character who has already lived a very long life interesting, but I was wondering what forms that someone such as that might end up taking considering the influence age could have on them.
Currently, I am under the impression that over time, age caused the MC to distance themselves from people around them. They do not fully connect with the moment and are left with a sense of longing that they do not particularly know how to place. I imagine that the memories they’ve formed are disjointed and rather unhelpful, mostly faded due to lack of interest in actually keeping any of them. People always assume immortality means vast knowledge, but that assumes a dedication of oneself toward a specific pursuit.
I am considering having them slowly unravel their own past, and learn that the reason they have felt as such for so long is due to a loss in their past that they never properly worked through. I was wondering if this would seem like a reasonable progression or if it would be tacky? Constructive feedback or ideas would be very much appreciated!
The Culture of the Immortal
Immortality amongst a race of people is something I also find interesting. I think that it would make sense for races who do not die of old age to have a low sex drive by nature. Similarly, the disconnect from sex would lead them to valuing biological sex less meaning there might be much more freedom in stylistic expression without the traditional feminine/masculine associations to clothing. They might even lack traditional feminine and masculine pronouns all together, as a general rule.
I think a culture that would have developed with such long lives, assuming that they would not have magic to usurp the ravages of time, would probably prefer to build homes underground. Additionally, using parchment or the like will allow for rot to settle if there were a flood or the like, using chisels and stone tablets for records might make more sense as a concrete form of storing information.
I think that, if there is a group of immortals, then visual distinguishers for the age of an immortal would likely carry cultural significance. What these are in particular might shift though, depending on what they value.