We have a player at our table who wants to join the weekly game as a level 7 human druid. His description of the character so far in the conceptual stages is, "an old dude who lives in the woods with animals" — presumably some sort of hermit backstory.
3.5 has an age modifiers table. If our druid in question is Venerable and has the cumulative −6 to physical / +3 to mental stats that come with age, will the aging penalties apply when he wildshapes? That is, will an old man shapeshift into an old wolf? What impact would this have if he survives (and the game persists) until level 15, such that he has the Timeless Body class feature? Will the aging penalties during wildshape then go away?
To me it seems power gamey to allow a player to begin play with 21 wisdom (18 +3 from age) at low-mid level then to allow him to shrug off the physical penalties to his stats while in a melee-oriented form such as a wolf/lion/bear/etc.