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Questions tagged [aging]

The process of getting older, whether by natural causes or magical ones.

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Scaring a wyrmling into adulthood

If a dragon wyrmling were repeatedly subjected to ghosts using Horrifying Visage over a week, would it grow into a young or even adult dragon? Horrifying Visage: [...] If the save fails by 5 or ...
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Do Age Category adjustments remain after becoming immortal?

An adventurer or villain has reached Middle Age or higher and then somehow becomes immortal (be it by way of Lichdom, Vampirism, becoming a deity, or some other twist of fate). What happens to the ...
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What's the age of a reincarnated body?

A 280-year-old gnome is reincarnated into a human. Does the formerly-a-gnome-but-now-a-human promptly die of old age? Has the gnome/human just reached maturity? Could the gnome/human instead have a ...
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When to apply aging effects during character creation

I am not sure when to apply aging effects during the character creation. So after or before ability point distribution racial modifier. My guess would be to apply the aging effects before I start ...
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How does an elf's appearance translate to their actual age?

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 ...
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Are familiars supposed to live as long as their masters?

How long does a caster's familiar live? Some familiar options are from very short-lived species, and on campaigns with long downtimes, they might be dead from old age next session. Is it implied the ...
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Does aging as a dragon PC give ability score increases?

When a dragon PC ages does it work like getting a paragon class that stacks with sorcerer levels? For example when a brown dragon advances from wyrmling to very young, its strength increases by 4 and ...
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Do age modifiers apply when Wildshaped?

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 ...
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Is death from old age contingent upon creature type or the specific creature?

While I think it's great that the Monster Manual mentions which creature types breathe, eat, and sleep, it doesn't mention anything about a creature's type similarly affecting how a creature ages. By ...
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Can the 5 years of aging caused by casting the wish spell be avoided or reversed?

Casting the spell wish ages the caster 5 years. I know that to avoid the effects of aging the caster could acquire a new or younger body via possession, reincarnation, or cloning; become an undead so ...
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Does reverse aging to young teen age affect ability scores?

A tiefling sorcerer wild magicked himself from 22-ish to about 14 biological years old. Physical change only. While in this state, I'd imagine his Strength and Constitution should be lower and if he ...
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Can you be aged by failing the repeat saving throw for Frightening Visage?

My players came across a ghost last session. On its turn, the ghost used its Horrifying Visage ability. Horrifying Visage states: Each non-undead creature within 60 feet of the ghost that can see ...
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What is a Changeling's lifespan, is it dependent on their form?

I'm going to be playing a changeling soon, and my DM is excited to have this unique race as a PC, but I was wondering if there was some form of RAW on this sort of thing. There is no age section in ...
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Do Oath of the Ancients paladins die of old age?

This question regarding monks' Timeless body feature recalled to me the similar phrasing of the Oath of the Ancients paladin's Undying Sentinel feature (Player's Handbook p87): Undying Sentinel .....
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How do monks with Timeless Body die of old age?

5th Edition is deliberately vague about aging so as to avoid RAW pitfalls but in certain areas such as Timeless Body there seems to be an inherent contradiction: Monks cease to age and no longer ...
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Can raise dead or reincarnate revive creatures who died of old age?

In the Player's Handbook there are multiple spells that can bring a creature back to life. Resurrection, revivify (p272), and true resurrection (284) each have a clause that say that they don't work ...
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Do you die if Horrifying Visage raises your age too much?

A ghost's Horrifying Visage can age a creature as follows: Horrifying Visage: Each non-undead creature within 60 feet of the ghost that can see it must succeed on a DC 13 Wisdom saving throw or ...
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What can leave PCs in a perpetual unageing unconscious state?

As a GM I'm planning on a surprise for my players where their PCs are 'defeated' in their encounter with the Big Bad in a way that means they end up in 'stasis' for many years to when the Big Bad has ...
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Could an elf PC start adventuring at the age of 20? [closed]

I'm helping my friend make an Elf to play in a campaign I'm making. We wanted him be around the same age as the other player's characters, which is early-mid twenties, so that he is not far more ...
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How to extend a human life span to match an elf's?

I'm currently running a Pathfinder game where one of my PCs is a Human, who in a relationship with an Elf. This Elf is currently about 170 years old, and the Human is 28 years old. The PC was ...
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Potion of Longevity and a 9 year old character

Due to some wild magic fun, one of my characters is now 9 years old. To be a nice, kind DM, I decided it would not impact any of his combat stats, only affect social situations [mostly for the sake ...
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What's the rate of maturity for gnomes?

I'm trying to create a gnome character. The 5e player handbook states that gnomes can live to 350-400 years, and I columbused a Wikipedia article that states gnomes start school at age 30. But what ...
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Making aging relevant: How can I translate premature aging into a mechanical effect?

My group is about to come across a haunted sunken keep with an adversarial Ghost mini-boss. Being mostly composed of Humans (because who doesn't want a free feat?), I expect them to be particularly ...
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Is there a way to make a wyrmling dragon become an adult via anything from any book?

My party of adventurers have fought two black dragon wyrmlings now, for two different reasons, because of two different modules, maybe the authors from WoTC really dig the Dragon half of the game's ...
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How would elves’ advanced starting age affect my new character?

After a long break of play DnD my group wanted to start up a campaign again. We start making characters. My character is going to be an Elf that grew up as an orphan in this the large capital city ...
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What are the effects of aging?

New to D&D. I did not find any official ruling concerning the effects of aging in the PHB. I know that in some systems aging can have adverse and/or beneficial effects on stats. I ask because I am ...