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    Ashley Harbutt
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    Half-elf age

    Hi everyone,

    Sorry if this topic has already been covered, but has anyone any thoughts on
    the development of half-elves in regard to age? Since elves are immortal, at
    what age do half-elves die? One of my players prefers the Tolkien-style
    half-elves, the all-or-nothing approach where the half-elf decides if he
    will live as an elf or a human. Also, I'm sure the Ruins of Empire book says
    somehwere that Aelies is over 400 years old, but is this due to his race or
    magic? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Ash


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    Olesens
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    Half-elf age

    Ashley Harbutt wrote:

    > Hi everyone,
    >
    > Sorry if this topic has already been covered, but has anyone any thoughts on
    > the development of half-elves in regard to age? Since elves are immortal, at
    > what age do half-elves die? One of my players prefers the Tolkien-style
    > half-elves, the all-or-nothing approach where the half-elf decides if he
    > will live as an elf or a human. Also, I'm sure the Ruins of Empire book says
    > somehwere that Aelies is over 400 years old, but is this due to his race or
    > magic? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    >
    > Ash

    I think that half elves ageing rate is variable. I've made up my own list of PO
    abilities for half elves (a combo of human and elven powers) and I let the
    player customize his race. I don't belive in customizing other races but IMO
    half elves are very unique. So some live for a human lifespan while others have
    like 500 years and others are immortal.

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    Trizt
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    Half-elf age

    Olesens wrote:

    > > Sorry if this topic has already been covered, but has anyone any thoughts on
    > > the development of half-elves in regard to age? Since elves are immortal, at
    > > what age do half-elves die? One of my players prefers the Tolkien-style
    > > half-elves, the all-or-nothing approach where the half-elf decides if he
    > > will live as an elf or a human. Also, I'm sure the Ruins of Empire book says
    > > somehwere that Aelies is over 400 years old, but is this due to his race or
    > > magic? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    > I think that half elves ageing rate is variable.
    > So some live for a human lifespan while others have
    > like 500 years and others are immortal.

    That works when you use PO, but in a"pure" 2nd Ed, the DM could make a dice roll
    to see how long life spann the half elf will have

    here is a fast made suggestion:

    1d6

    1 - like human
    2 - like human +50 years
    3 - like half-elf
    4 - like half-elf +50 years
    5 - like half-elf +100 years
    6 - like elf -100 years

    But I have use that the half-elves lifespann is as in the 2nd ed + 200 years.

    //Trizt

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    Brett Lang
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    Half-elf age

    Half Elf Age was covered in Dragon #247 "Heroes of Cerilia" for those of you
    interested. It actually allowed three options if i remember correctly
    1st was normal half-elf age
    2nd was about 350 yrs moer or so... and the ...
    3rd was immortality of their elven parent...

    Hope this helped...
    Warlock.

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    DKEvermore@aol.co
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    Half-elf age

    In a message dated 5/15/99 1:55:11 AM Central Daylight Time,
    c558382@earthlink.net writes:

    > Combining mortal and immortal hardly calls for a split down the middle.
    > Certainly a more thoughtful approach is required than a simple mean.
    >

    Uh, why? This is a fantasy game, right? You can explain it any way you
    want. That was the point of my post.

    - -DKE

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    Sidhain
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    Half-elf age

    >>
    >No need for sideways insults here. Disagree with my logic all you want, I
    >don't care. If you'd like to insult me or my reasoning ability, do it off
    >the list.
    >
    >I sincerely doubt that players would find it "unbelievable", and find me
    >"intellectually lazy" because I declare half-elves have the same life span
    as
    >their elven parentage


    Indeed I agree, I didn't find Tolkien less enjoyable because Peredhil could
    choose whether they wanted the eternity of elves or the brief life of Man.
    Aging isn't really an issue in most my games, only in the few where I start
    my players as children does it matter. And as long as one is consistent it
    doesn't matter if one chooses to use flimsy science logic, or serious theme
    logic or the like.
    I mean most players understand that its Fantasy and fantastic things like
    magic, dragons, and immortals exist, its not that hard a logic.
    If one wants to be serious minded one could decide of the aging genes of
    elves are dominant or recessive, I consider it dominant, since every known
    elf is immortal. Therefore it would most likely be a trait inherited and
    expressed in offspring. Since magic is capable of extending some humans
    lives (such as Potions of Longevity and blooded status) either one probably
    reveals that humans have a recessive trait for immortality which can only be
    expressed under certain conditions. Such as potions, blooded abilities, and
    a number of other various abilities.Since elves can not be aged by any
    Magic's in Birthright it is likely that they do not have a recessive "aging"
    trait...
    Therefore eternal lifespan is likely to express itself in all Halfelves.

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    Kenneth Gauck
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    Half-elf age

    Because you're asking you players to find the world enjoyable. If you're
    the only one playing the game, the moon can be made of fruit salad, but if
    you want other players to sit down week after week you need to satisfy the
    audience. In my experience players don't appreciate the intellectually
    lazy.

    Kenneth Gauck
    c558382@earthlink.net

    - -----Original Message-----
    From: DKEvermore@aol.com
    Date: Monday, May 17, 1999 9:50 AM


    >In a message dated 5/15/99 1:55:11 AM Central Daylight Time,
    >c558382@earthlink.net writes:
    >
    >> Combining mortal and immortal hardly calls for a split down the middle.
    >> Certainly a more thoughtful approach is required than a simple mean.
    >>
    >
    >Uh, why? This is a fantasy game, right? You can explain it any way you
    >want. That was the point of my post.
    >
    >-DKE
    >************************************************* **************************
    >>'unsubscribe birthright' as the body of the message.
    >

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    DKEvermore@aol.co
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    Half-elf age

    In a message dated 5/17/99 11:36:20 AM Central Daylight Time,
    c558382@earthlink.net writes:

    > Because you're asking you players to find the world enjoyable. If you're
    > the only one playing the game, the moon can be made of fruit salad, but if
    > you want other players to sit down week after week you need to satisfy the
    > audience. In my experience players don't appreciate the intellectually
    > lazy.
    >
    > Kenneth Gauck
    > c558382@earthlink.net
    >
    No need for sideways insults here. Disagree with my logic all you want, I
    don't care. If you'd like to insult me or my reasoning ability, do it off
    the list.

    I sincerely doubt that players would find it "unbelievable", and find me
    "intellectually lazy" because I declare half-elves have the same life span as
    their elven parentage.

    Well, this thread quickly went downhill. I hope someone else has something
    constructive to add soon.
    - -Dustin Evermore

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    Kenneth Gauck
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    Half-elf age

    Declaring their lifespan infinite because the "elven componant is superior"
    is not what you said. I am arguing with the poor math that claimed it was
    an average of both parents. That argument is essentially the same as
    arguing any number of instantaneous actions are allowable in one round.

    The argument you originally claimed and the one under which you now cloak
    yourself are two distinct arguments. I trust the list is not fooled.

    Kenneth Gauck
    c558382@earthlink.net

    - -----Original Message-----
    From: DKEvermore@aol.com
    Date: Monday, May 17, 1999 12:44 PM


    >No need for sideways insults here. Disagree with my logic all you want, I
    >don't care. If you'd like to insult me or my reasoning ability, do it off
    >the list.
    >
    >I sincerely doubt that players would find it "unbelievable", and find me
    >"intellectually lazy" because I declare half-elves have the same life span
    as
    >their elven parentage.
    >
    >Well, this thread quickly went downhill. I hope someone else has something
    >constructive to add soon.
    >-Dustin Evermore

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    Half-elf age

    Kenneth Gauck wrote:

    > Declaring their lifespan infinite because the "elven componant is superior"
    > is not what you said. I am arguing with the poor math that claimed it was
    > an average of both parents. That argument is essentially the same as
    > arguing any number of instantaneous actions are allowable in one round.
    >
    > The argument you originally claimed and the one under which you now cloak
    > yourself are two distinct arguments. I trust the list is not fooled.

    I wasn't fooled. It seemed pretty obviously to be a tongue-in-cheek argument to
    me....

    Gary

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