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How does Time Ravage interact with True Polymorph?

Time ravage states: If the save fails, the target also ages to the point where it has only 30 days left before it dies of old age. How does this spell interact with true polymorph? If you are ...
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Does a True Polymorphed creature age in their original form or their polymorphed form if it's permanent?

If a creature is true polymorphed permanently, do they age in their permanent polymorphed form and possibly grow old much older than their original form could have? Or after a natural lifespan do they ...
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How do dwarves age relative to humans?

I'm trying to figure out how dwarves in dungeons and dragons, mainly in lore, age relative to humans, specifically behaviourally? My preference for lore references is the Forgotten Realms but if there ...
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What is a dhampir's max lifespan?

What is the maximum lifespan of dhampirs? Are they semi-immortal like undead creatures, do they have lifespans similar to those of humans, or are their lifespans in between these extremes?
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Haste life-shortening if unaffected

I am playing Baldur's Gate, which has 2nd edition rules. My playstyle has both roleplaying and meta/munchkin elements. The 3rd level Arcane spell haste gives the user increased movement speed and ...
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Is there any disadvantage to playing an adolescent elf?

According to the chapter on elves in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, as children, elves explore memories of previous lives during their trances, and as adolescents, these memories begin to appear during ...
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Are there any rules on how polymorph-like magic affects aging?

Say you have a 29-year-old half-orc who gets hit by polymorph any object and becomes an elf. Will their age category go up when they reach 30 years, or when they reach 175 years? If the former, then ...
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How do Resurrection spells work with someone who has died of old age?

In a campaign I run, one of the characters faces the real danger of succumbing to a curse that will add enough age to them that they would easily exceed their race's life expectancy. The curse ...
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When casting clone, does the actual clone continue to age after it matures?

In the description of the clone spell it says about the clone: It remains inert and endures indefinitely but that's it. Does the clone continue to age after it matured? Like if I created a 20 year ...
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Is there any rules about being old? [duplicate]

One of my players have recently reached the age were they would start feeling the downsides of being old, and I haven’t found any rules about the effects. Is there any written rule that describes the ...
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How long will it take for my baby dragon to mature [duplicate]

I recently found a baby dragon in the mountains and managed to befriend it and i was wondering how long it would take for it to mature
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Do non-native outsiders die of old age?

Outsiders are described so: Unlike most other living creatures, an outsider does not have a dual nature—its soul and body form one unit. The bond between Outsiders and their Home Planes is strong, ...
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How old can Trolls get?

Trolls have an insane regenerative ability, being able to regain lost hitpoints in a flash and even regrow lost bodyparts. My question: Does this have any effect on their lifespan? I understand that ...
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What are reasonable age expectations for levels? [closed]

This is not a question about enforced limits but about plausible NPC reactions, to the PCs and how they explain other NPCs to the players. (Minimums more than maximums, since all a character has to ...
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Can a humanoid creature, specifically a player character, be born on the Astral Plane?

I've been looking at the "This is Your Life" tables from Xanathar's Guide to Everything, and in particular there's an entry on the Birthplace table on page 62:     98  ...
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How does dragon age translate to shapechange age?

I'm working on a NPC who was raised to believe he is half elf, half dragon (Wood Elf father, Red Dragon mother), but who is actually a full Copper Dragon. The character is supposed to be 26 years old, ...
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Can incubating clones age while inert?

The hypothetical: You are the son of a noble who is very cowardly. Fearing for his life more than he should, your father went to a necromancer to have you all cloned when you were just 4yo. Now a ...
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Was the lifespan of yuan-ti purebloods in 5e changed from previous editions?

The 5e playable race states that they live about as long as humans in rare cases up to 120 years. But all the lore I can find on them says they live up to 2000 years. I am not too familiar with the D&...
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What happens if a dragon gets older but doesn't gain experience?

Chapter 3 of the Draconomicon details how, every couple years, a true dragon must take its next level in its dragon "class". But what if the dragon just sits around, not gaining any XP, and therefore ...
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How old do Ki-rins get?

I'm wondering whether a Ki-rin ages and whether it could reproduce in D&D 5e. The description says it's a celestial so I would imagine that the answer would be that it doesn't. However, we've ...
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Does the child Oracle curse grant eternal youth

So there’s the third party oracle curse called child which reads as follows. Putting aside the large number of design flaws. as it is written could it be interpreted as having eternal youth or would ...
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Which (if any) fiends die of old age?

I've seen people say that fiends can live forever, but never a source for where this fact is from or when/why it's the case. At least in 3.5e various things refer to creatures' "time being up" without ...
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What published intelligent race has the shortest lifespan?

I'm looking for the published intelligent race (INT 3+) with the shortest lifespan. No need to be a playable race. Any edition will do, but 3.5 is preferable. Hoping for something with a lifespan of ...
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What magic extends life or grants immortality?

Are there any magic items or spells that extend the natural life of a creature (meaning the age of the creature, and not preventing death from a wound or injury) or that grants immortality in the 5e ...
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What is the median age of magi?

Decrepitude and warping eventually get every magus. In the section about longevity rituals there is a statement regarding the upper bound: Magi of two hundred years or older are rare, but not ...
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Would a character with eternal youth be AL-compliant?

I want to have my character be cursed with eternal youth from a backstory perspective. She'll still be "killable"; she just can't age. Would that break AL rules? I know you can add to or change ...
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Which of these sources for Aarakocra lifespan is correct?

I've been trying to find out how long aarakocra live for because I'm creating an Aarakocra character. However, I've found conflicting information across different sites. D&D Beyond and the ...
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What is the life expectancy of oozes/slimes?

Is there any info known about the natural life expectancy of oozes / slimes? Are they ageless/immortal (in terms of not affected by aging at all)?
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Are half-elves of Birthright immortal?

In Birthright, elves are immortal, like stated in Rulebook, page 7: Cerilian elves are creatures of faerie dust and starlight, gifted with immortality and powers of mind and body beyond those of ...
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When a wildshaped Druid is affected by a Ghost's Horrifying Visage, which form ages?

So this came up in yesterday's game; the Druid, while Wildshaped into a dinosaur, rolled a 1 on his save against a Ghost's Horrifying Visage and then aged 20 years. There was some confusion about ...
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Is there a way to mature my dragon faster?

Recently, in D&D 5e game, I got a young dragon and I want it to become at least mature (if ancient is not a possibility). However, I wouldn't like to wait for too much. Is there some kind of ...
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Can Reincarnate extend the life span of a target by reincarnating as a longer-lived race?

When using resurrection spells like Revivify or Raise Dead, it's obvious that you return to life as you were before you died - as in, same body, same age, etc. However, Reincarnate, the druid's ...
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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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How long are the life phases of a dragon?

The life phases of a dragon in 5th edition D&D are: Egg Wyrmling Young Adult Ancient Given that a dragon lives for at the least 15-ish centuries, up to I think well over two thousand years, 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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If a Wild Magic Sorcerer reverts to a young teen age as a result of a Wild Magic Surge, does it affect their ability scores?

A tiefling sorcerer wild magicked himself from 22-ish to about 14 biological years old - a physical change only. While in this state, I'd imagine his Strength and Constitution should be lower, and ...
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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 the lifespan of the Changeling race from UA: Eberron?

I'm going to be playing a changeling (from UA: Eberron) 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. The ...
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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 ...