September 21st, 2011

Reincarnarion in medieval Germany?

I'm working on a reincarnation story where the characters start out in Germany (specifically Bingen-on-the-Rhine) in the 700s, and end up, after several incarnations that end in blood and death, in 2011. The reason for all this born-again-ness is that one of the characters, knowing she was about to be executed, cast a spell to ensure that she and her lover would be brought back to life (she assumed it would be a few years later, but the spell sort of backfired on her) which sent them off into a neverending cycle of rebirths.  

The trouble is, I can't for the life of me seem to find any resources on what spell- or even what magic/folklore belief system- my character might be pulling on when she casts this. I've tried Googling "medieval folk magic," "German magic," "folk magic," "German folk magic" and "reincarnation," and the closest thing I've managed to pull up is this subsection in Wikipedia, which, while interesting (if geographically off-centre) in a cultural sense, does not tell me how a common magic-user might go about DOING this. Does anyone have suggestions? Links? Arcane spellbooks?

travelling from Ohio to NYC and back, present day

Hi! I'm working on a story , and I need to plot a journey from Lima, Ohio to New York City and back. (yes, it's a Glee fanfic, before anyone guesses)

I googled flights between Ohio and NYC, and could only find them leaving/arriving in Columbus, with a rough 1.5 hours with the flight, hopefully including getting through the airport. I also hit google maps, and it seems to be about two hours drive from Lima to Columbus.

Basically, my characters are sneaking away for a day trip, and I need to have them leave in the early morning (I can have them leave as early as 5am, if I need to), and get back in the mid-evening that same day.

question: are there flights available from a city or town closer to Lima? Or even from Lima itself? If so, which town, and how long would it take to get there from Lima?

question: I googled flights from Lima OH to Columbus, and can't seem to find any. Is my google-fu failing me, or can you really only make that leg of the trip by road?

question: finally, Since time is sort of of the essence, here, is there any quicker way of making the trip than I've specified?

Thank you in advance!

EDIT: Hmmm... all interesting information, but I see I should have been more specific about the circumstances of the scenario. A lot of the quite reasonable objections raised here don't actually apply, in this case.

I learned what I needed to, though - so thank you very much, everyone! Greatly appreciated.