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Potion of Longevity and a 9 year old character

When you drink this potion your physical age is reduced by 1d6+6 years, to a minimum of 13 years. You can't reduce something to a number lower than its stated minimum. By a plain reading of the text,...
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Scaring a wyrmling into adulthood

The plan should not work due to the word game being played You are inflicting something like progeria on the young dragons Growth and maturation, and aging, are not direct synonyms. (Example: I have ...
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How long are the life phases of a dragon?

Dragon Age Categories Wyrmling (5 years or less) Young (6-100 years) Adult (101-800 years) Ancient (801 years or more) From 5e MM p.86
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How do Resurrection spells work with someone who has died of old age?

Resurrection doesn't work... ...because it doesn't work on creatures that died of old age. ...but Reincarnate should work. As Reincarnate states: You touch a dead humanoid or a piece of a dead ...
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Scaring a wyrmling into adulthood

BBEG's plan won't work as written One fatal flaw to this plan is the BBEG is unable to create dragons like this. True polymorph says: Creature into Creature. If you turn a creature into another kind ...
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Making aging relevant: How can I translate premature aging into a mechanical effect?

Ah yes, the effects of age, I could tell you a lot about that. But I’ll try to keep focused on in-game effects. “I’ll regret this later” Penalties to abilities that simply make the character weaker (...
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Which of these sources for Aarakocra lifespan is correct?

Only one of those is an official source The listing from DnDBeyond is the only one that is officially supported. The others are fan sites or wiki that don't have official status. This answer has a ...
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What magic extends life or grants immortality?

(Heavily adapted from my answer here) High level spells The easiest way to achieve effective immortality is to use spells. A wizard has access to several of them once they get higher level spell slots....
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Is there a way to make a wyrmling dragon become an adult via anything from any book?

Time travel to the past instantaneously then time travel to the future conventionally A magic portal can be created that transports its users to the past (and only to the past). Such a portal is ...
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Is there a way to make a wyrmling dragon become an adult via anything from any book?

You've been given an opportunity to enrich the story/campaign. Dragons hatch from eggs. Dragons have parents/relatives. An adult dragon arrives in the general area of adventuring (think Momma Bear ...
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How to extend a human life span to match an elf's?

This is a matter of story and should be treated like one. The answer here is not to dig through books to find something like this. It’s to discuss your character’s goals withe the GM and state that ...
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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?

No, it does not affect ability scores - 5e removed the influence of a characters age to their ability points There are no rules for adjusting ability scores based on the age of the adventurer. Your ...
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How do Resurrection spells work with someone who has died of old age?

(True-) Resurrection does not work on someone that died from old age. Resurrection states: You touch a dead creature that has been dead for no more than a century, that didn't die of old age, and ...
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Do creatures age at the pace of the creature they've shapeshifted into?

From a rules perspective: no While this isn’t stated anywhere explicitly, we can infer it in the fifth edition from the rules for Monsters. Of note, only adult or ancient metallic and gem dragons have ...
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Potion of Longevity and a 9 year old character

This sort of corner case is exactly what the Golden Rule exists for, so I'd be inclined to say that you as DM should arbitrate the result as you see fit. Personally, I would be inclined to say that ...
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Can you be aged by failing the repeat saving throw for Frightening Visage?

Yes, the ghost can continue to drain your life Let's start with the spell mechanics (MM, 147): The initial save is very clear in direction in that the target(s) must succeed a DC13 Wis save or be ...
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Does an age of an elf equal that of a human?

Physically yes, up to a point - but that’s not all elves care about While you can easily make this work for your game, the default assumptions about how elves age both physically and culturally are ...
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When a wildshaped Druid is affected by a Ghost's Horrifying Visage, which form ages?

Unclear Wild Shape says your statistics are changed to match that of the animal you are transforming into, but 'age' is not a statistic listed anywhere in a creature's statblock, so at that point, you'...
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Can raise dead or reincarnate revive creatures who died of old age?

Yes. As you rightly say, those spells contain no such restriction on bringing back a creature who has died of old age. In the case of Raise Dead, the creature retains their original body and their ...
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Is there a way to mature my dragon faster?

Depends on what you call "mature". Raw aging can be done via magical means, as accurately described in K-T's answer. But an adult dragon has a better stat block than a young dragon not only because of ...
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What's the age of a reincarnated body?

Reincarnate causes the new body to be an adult body for that race ...the spell forms a new adult body for it and then calls the soul to enter that body So, whatever adult means for that race will be ...
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How can I make an ageless warlock?

I find mechanical options less interesting than roleplaying ones As a result this answer isn't going to focus on how you can earn this kind of thing with rules, and more on how you can earn this kind ...
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How can I make an ageless warlock?

You have many options, but all have some drawback There are multiple ways. You have plenty of spells and options, all with their own little catch. Pick your metaphorical poison. Long-lived races. For ...
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Do you die if Horrifying Visage raises your age too much?

It's up to the DM...But the DM has no Guide. The effects of aging, from slowing down all the way up through death, are not currently listed in the 5th edition of D&D. It appears that the designers ...
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Was the lifespan of yuan-ti purebloods in 5e changed from previous editions?

It was retconned during D&D 3rd edition. D&D 5e's Volo's Guide to Monsters, p. 120, states: Purebloods mature at the same rate as humans and have lifespans similar in length to theirs. ...
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Does an age of an elf equal that of a human?

It depends on her background. If she were raised in a typical elven society then she is too young. As Guybrush McKenzie answered, elves reach physical maturity at the same age as humans, but socially ...
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How does one determine when a PC is going to die of old age (naturally)?

There is no RAW on this topic. I have not reviewed every 5e book, but I have several of them, and to the best of my knowledge, this is never addressed in any of them. More than that, I don't expect it ...
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How to extend a human life span to match an elf's?

Relocate to the Astral plane Creatures physically on the Astral plane do not age, nor do they suffer of hunger, thirst, poisons or diseases. Natural healing doesn't occur either, so one should bring ...
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