Usually along with the long life, there is some talk of enhanced abilities. Whether this is physical, psychic, or both, I'm not sure, it varies from
story to story. Disease resistance seems to be a commonly accepted trait, as well as healing more quickly than average people. Whether this means a
stab wound is healed in a week, or a few hours, who knows.
I question the possibility of someone being -born- with the condition, I've always understood it to be a result of some sort of transformation,
either by taking an alchemical elixir or through some other means.
There is another thread on ATS which refers to this website:
The Book Of Aquarius is, as far as I can tell, an entirely unique technique for making the elixir of life. I haven't seen anyone else use this
method in the past. The author has studied a ton of old sources, and believes he knows how to create the Elixir of Life/Philosophers Stone. It's
written in plain language, no pretentious, elitist alchemy mumbo jumbo. The guy makes all the information available for free online, and has a forum
where people can discuss the book(read the book completely, and browse the forum before asking questions), and share their progress in making the
stone. No one has made it yet, as the book has only recently been released, and the stone takes a long time to make, but everyone's progress looks
great so far. All the alchemy forums online are pretty butt-hurt about it too, so, he's ruffled some feathers, and I think that says something.
Anyway, it's worth a look if you are interested in the elixir of life.
Earlier in the thread the subject of how they would transition between identities was brought up. I found it silly that people over complicated it so
much! Sure, it would be difficult to -fake- documents. Passports, drivers licenses, birth certificates, SSN, etc. Who says they would have to be
fake? Or even difficult to get ahold of?
Imagine you have been alive for 300 years. Chances are you have amassed a decent amount of cash. Especially if you have some sort of enhanced
abilities, such as telepathy or otherwise useful gifts. You need a new Drivers License? Wait outside the DMV and approach an employee at closing
time holding a briefcase with a million dollars in it. I bet you will walk out with a legit drivers license with whatever information you want on it.
Same with every other document. Money will always buy cooperation and silence. You probably wouldn't even have to do it yourself. Find a dirty
lawyer to handle all of these things for you, and come up with some sort of story for plausible deniability, say you are ex-Amish or something and you
don't have any of these documents.
The idea of immortals is very intriguing, and I wouldn't doubt that they exist, in one form or another, through one method or another.