I want to make a young-looking wood elf who appears to be 19 in human years. I've had some major problems and arguments in the past with how elves age in relative terms to human age appearance. How old would a wood elf be, if he just started to look 19 from a human perspective?

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    \$\begingroup\$ To the users voting to close this as opinion-based, it requires delving into previous editions (which did a more extensive job of covering the backstory and lore of each setting), but it is not a matter of opinion. Too broad, perhaps, but not a question of opinion. \$\endgroup\$
    – T.J.L.
    Jan 29, 2018 at 20:08

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They would be 19

Although elves reach physical maturity at about the same age as humans, the elven understanding of adulthood goes beyond physical growth to encompass worldly experience. -phb

So at 19, they would look 19 in human years. They would be a litte over a hundred to be considered 19 like a human.

An elf typically claims adulthood and an adult name around the age of 100 -phb

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    \$\begingroup\$ So how does an elf look at, like 234? \$\endgroup\$ Jan 29, 2018 at 19:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RoiRoiHe'sOurBoy There’s nothing in the phb about that. In my personal opinion, they would stop aging at maturity then look growing old at the end of their life. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 29, 2018 at 19:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ ah, alight. Thank you! Time to release a young boi into D&D! \$\endgroup\$ Jan 29, 2018 at 19:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ You have a couple of quotes in this answer, but you didn't attribute them. Where are you quoting from? \$\endgroup\$
    – Quentin
    Jan 30, 2018 at 22:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ The phb, I use Roll 20 so I don’t know the exact page number. \$\endgroup\$ Jan 31, 2018 at 0:07

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