Have any of you ever thought about that? She’s a human, so she had to have been born at one point. According to the Ultimania:
Said to have existed from time immemorial to the present day, the Witches are women who are said to have received their powers from the old god, Hyne. There is, however, no hard evidence to support this claim. Extraordinarily powerful, many witches have harbored ambitions to rule over the world — as a result, many people have come to equate the Witches with fear. However, there are also many Witches who have chosen to live a quiet life sheltered away from civilized society; as such, the actual number of Witches and the amount of power shared between them remains unknown.
So technically there are witches living in the world of Final Fantasy VIII that we don’t even know about. Interesting!
The potential to become a witch is determined by one’s capacity to wield such power — their natural affinity for magic. This factor helps to determine Witch candidates for when a Witch passes on all of her power into the next Sorceress. The giving and receiving of power can be made between any two individuals — it’s not necessary for them to be related by blood. A Witch’s lifespan is the same as a normal human’s, however, they cannot die until they have passed on their power to the next Witch.
I can’t find the quote that says Ultimecia is several generations in the future. If you can find it, let me know below. But if she can’t die until she passes her powers on she can theoretically survive that long. Either way, the average human’s lifespan for the world is about 71.5 years.
Several could mean more than two but fewer than many. At least three generations are about 60 to 90 years. That’s enough to cover a normal human lifespan. And if Ultimecia can’t die until she gives up her powers, there’s nothing to say she can’t live longer.
It’s possible that somewhere out there Ultimecia is a baby – maybe even a child! She has greyish white hair, but also consider that she could have stopped time to prolong her life.
Notice the greyish white hair. Notice the White SeeD laying on the ground. I suspect it was earlier, possibly shortly after Squall and friends entered Time Compression. But if time has stopped, who knows how long the White SeeD was lying on the ground for?
From what we know about Ultimecia, she grows up in a world where people hate the sorceresses:
“…Lowlifes. …Shameless filthy wretches. How you celebrate my
ascension with such joy. Hailing the very one you have condemned for generations. Have you no shame? What happened to the evil, ruthless sorceress from your fantasies? The cold-blooded tyrant that slaughtered countless men and destroyed many nations? Where is she now? She stands before your very eyes to become your new ruler. HAHAHAHAHA.”
But who knows? She might have been in an orphanage herself…