I was thinking last night, about soulbonding and such. More specifically, what I would do and how I would feel, if I came across another person claiming to be, or to soulbond, a "copy" of myself. Maybe someone who's read my story (such as it is) online, and ended up soulbonding me.
My first reaction I think, would be that they're making it up, but doesn't that invalidate the experience in general? If they said they were soulbonding Legolas I wouldn't doubt them at all. But if they were calling themselves Casteylan, and claiming to be me... The idea makes me uncomfortable. And yet, we have Maedhros here and we've met several other Maedhroses too and it doesn't feel odd at all that there should be more than one of him running around. The only difference is that our Maedhros is "outsourced" and I'm "insourced". Would that constitute copyright theft? No. It would just make the other Casteylan an "outsourced" bond, right?
We once met a person online who claimed to be soulbonding one of our husband's headmates (Arhuaine had written about him somewhat, online, several years ago). This person was about as unlike the real person as you could possibly get. Arhuaine was so disgusted by it, that she deleted the website the very same day, and never wrote publically about her memories of Alorya again.
Eh, I dunno. I just don't think the world is big enough for more than one Casteylan.
(Going to crosspost this to a soulbonding community or two).