I was at a museum last weekend and looking at a bunch of old oil paintings, and I realized something, and I don't know if it was obvious to others or not. The red Baskerville cloaks in PH are based off a traditional red cloak worn by the Pope, right down to the gold trim and hood. Versions in older paintings have it buttoned down the front like Oz's, while the modern version the current Pope wears fastens at the neck. All you have to do is google image "red Pope cloak" to find it.
Ohhh! That’s really cool! It would also fit in line with a lot of the other Christian like elements in the series and the whole “Oz as a Christ Figure.” Thanks for this observation! :D
Is Vincent a Baskerville (and by extension, immortal)? Everyone says he is but I can't recall seeing any explicit proof that he's one, like Gilbert.
Yep, he is. He is a CoM in the Baskerville Household and he is also labeled as a Baskerville (as well as a Nightray) in the 18.5 Evidence Guidebook (the same as Gil). Zai, who seemed to have been an Unofficial Baskerville, was only shown to be a Vessalius and not a Baskerville at all.
However, Baskervilles aren’t immortal, they are just difficult to kill by normal means because they are more Chain than human. This means that they could be killed by Mad Hatter, which kills other Chains and was how Fang died. They can also be killed by beheading (hello there Oswald!) or by being sacrificed to the Abyss in the Glen Succession Ceremony (though this only applies to Baskervilles who are also CoM). The last way we definitely know that they can die, is by their body rotting away due to the power of the Abyss residing in them, though this only appears to apply to Glens (who have five Chain contracts). They then transform into Chains, so in a way, they are reincarnated.
Other than those ways though, Baskervilles can’t really die.
if baskervilles can't really die, what is their expected lifespan in normal circumstances??? (ie, do you believe they die of old age?)
They can die. If they are beheaded they die. If they get attacked and fatally wounded by Mad Hatter (or another Chain that can kill other Chains) then they can die. I also think that their contract with their Chains eventually cause their bodies to rot away (like what happened with Levi), due to the high levels of the Abyss’ powers in their body.
But as for life expectancy…IDK. That would be a great question to ask Mochizuki-sensei though!