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21st Sep '16 9:12:51 AM Dausuul
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** 2b) The owner can reach out from the jar to hijack ''someone else's'' body.

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** 2b) The owner jarred soul can reach out from the jar to hijack ''someone else's'' body. Over time, the possessed person may change to resemble the soul's original body.
21st Sep '16 9:11:39 AM Dausuul
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* 2) The person ''can'' be physically killed while the jar is intact, but they simply come back with a fresh body, in which case it doubles as a form of ResurrectiveImmortality. They can only be completely killed by first destroying the jar, then killing their current body. ([[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort's horcruxes]] are of this type.)

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* 2) The person ''can'' be physically killed while the jar is intact, but they simply come back with a fresh body, don't stay dead, in which case it doubles as a form of ResurrectiveImmortality. They can only be completely killed by first destroying both the jar, then killing their jar and the current body. ([[Literature/HarryPotter Voldemort's horcruxes]] are of this type.)
) This likewise comes in two flavors:
** 2a) The jar grows a replacement body for the one that was killed.
** 2b) The owner can reach out from the jar to hijack ''someone else's'' body.
1st Sep '16 7:02:58 PM ThatBitterTase
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* In the 1974 film ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' (which is a fusion pastiche of ''Dorian Gray'', ''The Phantom of the Opera'', ''Faust'' and several other stories), evil record producer/promoter Swan (played by Creator/PaulWilliams) keeps a videotape of himself making a DealWithTheDevil; his image on the tape ages, but he does not. The tape also represents the physical contract of that deal; both he and the titular Phantom (whom he tricks into making a deal of his own) are immortal while their contracts are intact.

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* In the 1974 film ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' (which is a fusion pastiche of ''Dorian Gray'', ''The Phantom of the Opera'', ''Faust'' and several other stories), evil record producer/promoter Swan (played by Creator/PaulWilliams) keeps a videotape of himself making a DealWithTheDevil; his image on the tape ages, but he does not. The tape also represents the physical contract of that deal; both he and the titular Phantom (whom he tricks into making a deal of his own) are immortal while their contracts are intact. [[spoiler:At the climax, the Phantom finds the tape as well as the contracts Swan forced him and the other musicians to sign. He burns the lot of them, killing Swan - but unfortunately killing himself in the process.]]
19th Aug '16 2:40:24 PM Arivne
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** ''Arabian Adventures'' sourcebook. The Lifeproof spell allows the caster to remove part of his life force (called the "Shadow of the Heart") and put it in a glass container or crystal. While it's stored there, the caster cannot die from taking HitPoints of damage. If they drop below zero HitPoints while under the spell's effect they become progressively more ugly (lose Charisma).
** The ("City of Delights") boxed set has the "Hide Heart" spell, which allowed the hide-your-heart-in-a-jar stunt for partial immortality... and if cast on someone else, ensures they not only are more likely to survive the mission, but will want to return.

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** *** ''Arabian Adventures'' sourcebook. The Lifeproof spell allows the caster to remove part of his life force (called the "Shadow of the Heart") and put it in a glass container or crystal. While it's stored there, the caster cannot die from taking HitPoints of damage. If they drop below zero HitPoints while under the spell's effect they become progressively more ugly (lose Charisma).
** *** The ("City "City of Delights") Delights" boxed set has the "Hide Heart" spell, which allowed the hide-your-heart-in-a-jar stunt for partial immortality... and if cast on someone else, ensures they not only are more likely to survive the mission, but will want to return.
19th Aug '16 2:39:18 PM Arivne
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** AD&D 2 ''Al-Qadim'' ("City of Delights") has the "Hide Heart" spell, which allowed the hide-your-heart-in-a-jar stunt for partial immortality... and if cast on someone else, ensures they not only are more likely to survive the mission, but will want to return.

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** AD&D 2 ''Al-Qadim'' 2nd Edition ''Al-Qadim''
** ''Arabian Adventures'' sourcebook. The Lifeproof spell allows the caster to remove part of his life force (called the "Shadow of the Heart") and put it in a glass container or crystal. While it's stored there, the caster cannot die from taking HitPoints of damage. If they drop below zero HitPoints while under the spell's effect they become progressively more ugly (lose Charisma).
** The
("City of Delights") boxed set has the "Hide Heart" spell, which allowed the hide-your-heart-in-a-jar stunt for partial immortality... and if cast on someone else, ensures they not only are more likely to survive the mission, but will want to return.
15th Aug '16 6:13:03 AM ScroogeMacDuck
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Of course despite the name it's not necessarily a jar; common examples are [[PhantomZonePicture paintings]], [[MineralMacGuffin gems]] and [[BeatStillMyHeart still beating hearts]]; and in mythology and fairy tales, eggs or trees. The device is usually used by [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]], and is invariably associated with them in folklore.

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Of course despite the name it's not necessarily a jar; common examples are [[PhantomZonePicture paintings]], [[MineralMacGuffin gems]] and [[BeatStillMyHeart still beating hearts]]; and in mythology and fairy tales, eggs or trees. It does not necessarily host a soul, either; sometimes an object is tied to a character's immortality, but does not actually contain the character's soul. The device is usually used by [[OurLichesAreDifferent liches]], and is invariably associated with them in folklore.
folklore.
10th Aug '16 6:50:17 AM Ulysses21
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** A non-Lifetimer, non-soul example in ''Literature/MakingMoney'', when Igor moves Owlswick Jenkins's bad memories and anxieties into a turnip, which becomes rotten and partly alive, rolling around its glass enclosure.
28th Jul '16 6:18:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Lich in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy has the inspiration]] of hiding his soul within the Earth Orb--[[CosmicKeystone which can't be destroyed without ending the world]]. [[spoiler:Thief counters this by managing to [[ImpossibleThief steal his soul from the orb]].]]).

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* Lich in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy has the inspiration]] inspiration of hiding his soul within the Earth Orb--[[CosmicKeystone which can't be destroyed without ending the world]]. [[spoiler:Thief counters this by managing to [[ImpossibleThief steal his soul from the orb]].]]).
10th Jul '16 4:38:54 PM nombretomado
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* Kamimura does this to his former pupil Goku in the first chapter of ''BrokenSaints'', with the fragment of Goku resting in Kami's own mind. This is how he receives the message that starts him on his quest. Goku is in a coma until [[spoiler: Kamimura's mind is cleansed in the GrandFinale.]]

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* Kamimura does this to his former pupil Goku in the first chapter of ''BrokenSaints'', ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'', with the fragment of Goku resting in Kami's own mind. This is how he receives the message that starts him on his quest. Goku is in a coma until [[spoiler: Kamimura's mind is cleansed in the GrandFinale.]]
9th Jul '16 12:59:15 PM nombretomado
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* The Kanohi Ignika, Mask of Life in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', when PhysicalGod Mata Nui's spirit was forced into it, and again later, when Mata Nui willingly put his own spirit into the mask for safekeeping and, well, because he wanted to keep himself out of the world's happenings.

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* The Kanohi Ignika, Mask of Life in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', when PhysicalGod Mata Nui's spirit was forced into it, and again later, when Mata Nui willingly put his own spirit into the mask for safekeeping and, well, because he wanted to keep himself out of the world's happenings.
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