Lifespans, aging and growing up
I wanna talk lifespans!
We can probably guess that at least the elven races will have a longer lifespan, because... they have everywhere, right? Maybe dwarves (to a lesser degree), too? Do we know anything about how it will be in Ashes yet?
What I'd like to know from you guys and from Intrepid is what the thoughts are on growing up with races that have longer lifespans. In other games, when it comes to roleplay, I have often encountered people that said things like "50 year old elves are childs". Which in my opinion is just rediculous. In every way I look at it, be it actually the body or the mind, it just makes no sense to me. There is only one argument that I can get behind, and that would be, that:
1. --within the races community-- there might be an age that is considered with a high regard, like for us the age of 50... not because someone is grown and able to make their own decisions, but because there is a certain amount of experience piled up, which relatively to the lifespan of a race can count for something
The other arguments I don't understand and here is why:
2. "The physical aging process takes longer, because the lifespan is longer". So the argument goes like humans with a maximum lifespan of lets say 100 are fully grown at 16. So a race that's lifespan goes up to 1000 years will only have full grown bodies at the age of 160.
Sorry, but that just can't be right. What kind of "nature" would build a race, that's gonna poop into diapers for up to 20 years? That's just incredible ineffective. Even if you say the speed is equal at the beginning and slows down... why? Why does <strong>growing up</strong> need to be significantly slower, just because <strong>aging </strong>is slower? Are these not two completely different things? Growing up is building up a body, creating and forming it. Its constructive. Aging is kind of the opposite, right? Even tortoises that get to over 250 years are pubescent after 10 years.
So I think no matter how long the lifespan... all of them will be fully grown after 15-20 years.
3. "Their mind takes longer to form that of an adult". This argument goes like number 2. but with their mind. So a 50 year old would behave like a 5 year old. Seems a little less strange when argument 2. would be valid, but even then:
No matter what race you are, you experience at the same pace. So your mind learns and matures at the same pace.
There is only one exception to that: If your intellect is significantly lower.
So are we saying all elves are simply dumb? In most cases that is just not the case. Just the opposite: they are mostly seen as wiser. And that makes sense because it doesn't matter if they look like 30, 40, 50 or 70, they probably have more experience than humans that look that age.
One more thing, that is a little bit unrelated, but I actually can get behind is:
4. The amount of babies - If a race has much longer lifespans, nature will probably correct the amount of babies or how fast you can get pregnant. In other words: If a race lives 10 times longer, it probably (but not necessarily) means, that overall there will be 10 times less babies. Just so it doesn't get overpopulated.
Are there more arguments?
What do you guys think?
What does Intrepid think?