Do you guys realize how important the reincarnation cycle is for Ozma, though? And how crucial it is for differentiating him from Salem, and her own form of immortality?
A very common trope in modern fiction is that immortals just become... out of touch with humanity. How can you relat to someone who’s life is a flash, a brief moment, compared to your unchanging, unending, interminable stagnation through history? How long until you lose the ability to empathize with the small, day-to-day troubles of these brief flashes in a pan we call life?
How many times has Ozpin met Team RWBY throughout the ages? Not the same people, but - the optimistic hero? The rebellious princess? The revolutinary? The protective firebrand? How many times has seen people just like them live, fight, and die? How long until they all start blurring together, and all you can see is their coming end?
It’d be so easy to forget that these people you’re protecting are people, not just faces. And from there it’s a short jump to start asking yourself... why? They’ll just die in a few years anyway. Why does it matter?
It’d be so easy.
People like Oscar, like Ozpin, like all the countless lives Ozma’s soul has passed through over Brother’s know how many eons, are so crucial because they remind him. Ozma isn’t just continuing through the ages like Salem is, he’s experiencing the lives of other people - their families, their friends, their hopes, dreams, fears, and deaths. He’s constantly reminded of the importance of the little, miniscule moments of life, because as old as he is, he’s constantly re-experiencing them through the eyes of people living them for the first time.
How many times has Ozma met people like Team RWBY? Countless. How many times has Oscar? Once. And that makes so much difference.
“Why do you keep coming back?” Salem asks. Because he hasn’t forgotten. Not like she has.
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