Created By: FoolsEditAccount on July 28, 2011 Last Edited By: FoolsEditAccount on August 1, 2011
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Society Of Immortals

A species or civilization where all members are immortal.

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Who Wants to Live Forever?, right? Everyone you know and love will age and die without you, leaving you sad and alone.

Unless, of course, everyone is immortal.

This is when immortality is granted on a large scale: to an entire civilization, or at the very least a village. Species that are naturally immortal (such as elves, usually) fall under this as well. As such, this can sidestep some of the problems inherent to immortality, as mentioned above. Expect outsiders to try and discover their secret. If the civilization still considers itself Blessed with Suck, they will probably try to deter this. They are likely to be a Hidden Elf Village if so.

Their source of immortality may be a large or mass-produced Immortality Inducer. If their immortality involves Immortality Immorality, may overlap with Town with a Dark Secret. There's also the question of what type of immortality the civilization has. Regardless, Immortal Procreation Clause is likely to be in effect.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Digimon never really die naturally, or at all for that matter (depending on the season of course).

Literature

Live Action TV
  • The Q Continum from Star Trek has a bunch of immortal people, all pretty satsified with it. Most of them can't have kids, but one of them did.
  • The Land of Immortals in the second Spellbinder series.
  • The Time Lords have near-immortality; if not killed, their natural lifespan, including regenerations, lasts thousands of years.
  • Highlander is about a race of immortals. As long as you don't cut off their heads, they just keep on living and never seem to age.

Tabletop RPGs
  • The Dungeons & Dragons campaign world of Mystara had the Immortals, who filled the role in that world that the gods filled in other campaign worlds. They were numerous enough, however, to qualify for this trope.
  • The Rolemaster setting Shadow World had immortal elves, fauns, Lennai, titans and K'ta'viiri.

Video Games

Real Life

Web Original
  • For unspecified reasons, inhabitants of Fallen London all have type III immortality. Disease and old age can still kill them, though, and apparently they can't come back if someone desecrates them really thoroughly, either.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • July 28, 2011
    ChaoticNovelist
    The Q Continum from Star Trek has a bunch of people, all immortal and pretty satsified with it. Most can't have kids but one of them did.
  • July 28, 2011
    sgamer82
  • July 29, 2011
    Frank75
    Sounds like the civilization is supposed to be immortal instead of its people.
  • July 29, 2011
    Horticulturist
    • The Dungeons And Dragons campaign world of Mystara had the Immortals, who filled the role in that world that the gods filled in other campaign worlds. They were numerous enough, however, to qualify for this trope.
  • July 29, 2011
    Koveras
    The Land of Immortals in the second Spellbinder series.
  • July 29, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature

    Tabletop RPG
    • The Rolemaster setting Shadow World had immortal elves, fauns, Lennai, titans and K'ta'viiri.
  • July 29, 2011
    FoolsEditAccount
    @ Frank75: That's a good point. Can you think of a better title?
  • July 29, 2011
    Koveras
    Spellbinder was a TV series.
  • July 29, 2011
    dalexterminate
    The Time Lords have near-immortality; if not killed, their natural lifespan, including regenerations, lasts thousands of years.
  • July 29, 2011
    FoolsEditAccount
    ^^ Ack sorry. >_< I am very ignorant, unfortunately...
  • July 29, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    The Q of Star Trek (especially the one who had kids) was in the TV series, not the films. I don't think they show up in any of the films.

    Live Action Television

    • Highlander is about a race of immortals. As long as you don't cut off their heads, they just keep on living and never seem to age.

  • July 30, 2011
    FoolsEditAccount
    Yeah, sorry. I tend not to know much about anything other than literature, video games, or anime (and the first category is so huge that chances are I won't recognize it anyway).
  • July 30, 2011
    jate88
    Certain species of jellyfish have type three immortality.
  • July 30, 2011
    FoolsEditAccount
    ...Woah, seriously? o_O That's incredible.
  • July 30, 2011
    Acebrock
    The Dalish elves of Dragon Age think their people were like this at one time, centuries ago. It's debatable if they ever were, however.

    Random sidenote: The link is Our Elves Are Better
  • July 31, 2011
    Koveras
    You know, the current suggested title makes me think of "civilization that is immortal", which doesn't really convey the idea that its members are immortal, as well (case in point: a Hive Mind is technically immortal but its members are not). How about Society Of Immortals?
  • July 31, 2011
    azraelfinalstar
    Digimon never really die naturally, or at all for that matter (depending on the season of course).
  • July 31, 2011
    jate88
    @Fools Edit Account: Yup but now that I think about it I'm not sure if it fits this trope. The fictional examples are playing to our desire to want to live for ever but real life just happens.
  • July 31, 2011
    FoolsEditAccount
    It's still an entire species that is technically, biologically immortal. I'd say it counts, if for nothing else than an interesting tidbit.

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