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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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Does the Clone spell make someone effectively immortal?

While reading through PHB 5e spell list, I found an interesting spell: Clone. This spell grows an inert duplicate of a living creature as a safeguard against death. This clone forms inside a sealed ...
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Can True Polymorph be used repeatedly to never age?

Let's say we have a level 20 human wizard named Dumbledore. Dumbledore is wicked old. Dumbledore would like to not die of old age, as he has a few enemies left to take care of. Can Dumbledore cast ...
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What are the effects of aging?

I am 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 ...
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With the lifespan of elves, would you ever encounter a low-level elf?

Elves and other races have hundreds of years to get good at what they do — is the expectation that NPCs of these races would mostly be of high level? How do I build a campaign setting that makes ...
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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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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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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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How can I make an ageless warlock?

I'm trying to make my warlock character ageless, is there any option to prevent death by aging without divine intervention or a Wish spell? I've seen What magic extends life or grants immortality?, ...
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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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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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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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Strategies for handling age of maturity dissonance for Aasimar (or other plane-touched) born to humans?

I find the fact that elves don’t reach adulthood until they are 110 relatively straightforward to work with, since the children and parents are aging at the same rate and their cultures are built ...
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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 long. Is there some kind of ...
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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 creatures age at the pace of the creature they've shapeshifted into?

If a dragon, or really anything, was to shape shift into an animal with a different aging rate, would the dragon (or other creature) age at their age rate? For example, humans age about 10 times ...
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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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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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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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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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