I'm sure there are lesser ways as well for the clever magician. What do the wizards and sorcerers of the west do to cheat death by years and decades? How successful can one be with this? The above mentioned Heroes don't actually stay around for centuries, rather they do great deeds for a few years or decades and then ascend. What about the sorcerer that just want's to live on and continue his studies?
I bet Vadeli style blood magic would give some options. Sacrifice ten virgins to knock ten years off your age, or something similarily nasty. Maybe one could try to tie ones life to that of a great oak (possibly doing something to a dryad in the process) in the style of those russian fairytales.
In Kralorela people probably consume pearls and mercury in the style of ancient china (not talking about the mystics here, but more ordinary mortals trying to cheat death).
How does this go?
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