A piece of original fiction by Magnezone, originally for National Novel Writing Month but being heavily remodeled. HEAVILY remodeled.
What will stay is this: When many people die, they die. As in their soul cease to animate their body. Now, what happens next depends heavily on the person - a large amount of souls go exactly where they expected to go, but a few are... roped into Earth again with a new body to run around in (sometimes similar, sometimes very different), many with Laser-Guided Amnesia.
This isn't all - not by a long shot.
For one thing, regardless of their eye color in life, all pupils turn a vicious shade of red. All of them rope in some shiny new powers, based off of a single noun ("Insanity," "Honesty," "Loyalty," etc.). Again, the specifics vary, but it was this power that gave the strange creatures a collective name - the Origins. All Origins live forever, able to contact the outside world and walk around like a normal human being, but alienated considerably by their unique traits.
Our story focuses on two Origins, Moony and Sal (Insanity and Honesty, respectively). Moony's name is a pet derivative of 'Moonstriker'(the name he gave himself after finding that he was unable to recall his true one). He was born and raised in Victorian England (1840-1855); despite modifying most of his person accordingly, he still insists on wearing the same stuff he did back in the day. Sal, on the other hand, is a rat. Literally.
- In Which a Trope Is Described - Chapter titles ("Days") are like this - "Day I, in which We are Introduced to the Origin of People who Tend to Inhabit Asylums, Streets at Night, Public School Systems, and Other Places Nobody Wants To Go" and "Day III, in which Diesel Explains Just What in the Basement Below is Going On Here and Everyone Else Learns By Example" for example. Most of them are pretty long, save for a few instances - "Day IV, in which The Show Gets on the Road".