Chronicles of Elyria utilizes a new business model never before seen in MMOs. Different from a monthly subscription or a Free to Play (F2P) game with a cash shop, CoE uses a Spark of Life system. This hearkens back to the coin-op arcade model where, for $30, players buy a Spark of Life that grants a Soul the opportunity to live for between 10 and 14 months, before establishing your Soul in a new character of your choosing. (Note: 1 Spark of Life comes with purchase of the game.)
In CoE, bodies age and die, but Souls live forever. In your new body, whether that be your heir or someone else entirely, your Skill Ramp will get you back up to power quickly & allow you to advance further than in your previous life.