There can only be one - Right after we're done playing with them.

Oldtimers are humans (and presumeably others) who do not age, and recover from extraordinary damage to their bodies. These people have walked among the normal population of Earth since ancient times.

This is part of The Secret History of ST-OM

The causeEdit

This is a case of a particular entity. Unlike most others, this particular type is not sentient. It is the non-corporeal, energy based equivalent to a cat. It feeds on the emotional energy of a specific person. This entity will bond with an unsuspecting human and live as a neural symbiont. Until its host dies. Then the Symbiont will "fix" him, returning the host to life and creating a further bond. Afterward the host will not age. The host will be cured of most serious injuries.

When its host is beheaded or chopped into tiny bits or blown to smithereens, the unfortunate entity must quickly find a new host. It has minutes to live without one.

If the only option is an already inhabited host body, then the two entities will engage in their own life-and-death struggle. This usually makes for a huge light show, and makes the surviving host as high as a kite, feeling invulnerable and empowered.

This is actually one entity eating the other.

The reproduction cycle of this entity, as well as its life cycle is not known. Victims of inhabitation by these entities are notoriously reluctant to allow examination.

Many of the Immortals have suffered persecution and outright torture at the hands of people convinced that they were supernatural evil. Not a few have been burned at the stake and successfully killed. In the 1970s Ben Richards was pursued across the planet by an obsessive billionaire, intent of vivisecting Richards to learn his secret.

Due to this hostile reaction it's not long before most "Oldtimers" learn to conceal their identities and natures. Oldtimers are almost natural undercover agents. Almost uniformly, Oldtimers resent being pressed into service by spy agencies and security services. They frequently disappear when contacted. This tradition continues until the current day 2376.

Before the truth of the condition of Immortality was known, A complicated mythology was built up around the condition. A mix of rules of engagement, and a great game, and a guide to etiquette among the Immortals. Older Immortals handed down this lore to newer ones. Swords and Sword combat remain favored weapons among immortals who conflict.


Earth throughout history. Presumeably other planets have such people as well - In the Secret History of Jay Trek

Character ExamplesEdit


In Play This condition of immortality directly replaces Vampirism, from Urban Fantasy Magic.

In Epiphany Trek Jerry LaSaille has a different special effect accounting for his immortality, and should not necessarily be lumped in with the others.

The fact that Allen Strand and that Stephanie Anderson are Oldtimers because of this "energy being symbiosis" is established in Epiphany Trek