Average maximum lifespan of Telon's races
Telon is coming out of a dark age. The races of this world are at their weakest in a lot of ways - because of this, it is a time of heroes. Medicine, magical healing, nutrition - all of these are in shorter supply than the pre-Cataclysmic times, when the world was in something of a golden age.
When you look at these ages, this is the average length of time a standard individual would live - exceptions are rife just like in our world. Some exceptional individuals can live 50-60% longer lives than this average.
Humans are generally all shorter-lived than they had been in the past. Their shared ancestry in the depths of history is the source of their lifespan, which is surprisingly equal across all racial lines.
Halflings are exceptionally long-lived compared to human counterparts. Humans have a bit of resentment toward this fact. Rumors persist of an outside force that grants Halflings this greatly extended lifespan, given that during their time in Willowroot next to Targonor they lived as long as humans did then.
Dark Elves generally live the longest of our elvish races, extending that average even further unless they are murdered or die in battle. Dark elves tend to retain their faculties and strength to the very end. High Elves rely on magic to extend their lives to a longer limit than would be possible, but otherwise would die a little sooner. Wood Elves use their connection with Jin to extend their lives as well.
Dwarves generally lived longer when they had a cohesive society and their true Hearthflame. They are at about their minimum lifespan right now.
The "barbarian races" live short, intense lives. When they are healthy, they are truly mighty. When they reach the end of their lives, they fall apart fairly quickly.
Little is known about Kurashasa and Raki lifespans. These are their Telonian lifespans. It is speculated their lifespan is tied to where they are living.
Half-elves have a tremendous amount of "hybrid vigor" - getting a substantial boost to their immune systems and magical resistances.
Lesser Giants are VERY short-lived compared to their legendary history."
Note from Vietella of The Darkbrood (Seradon):
In every game where there are elves, there is always the conversation amongst the roleplayers regarding not only their lifespan, but also how fast they grow up. Does the longer lifespan mean that the different phases of life -- including childhood -- also take longer? Is an elf of 30 years still a playing child?
There are two schools to this thought. One that indeed states that elves mature slower and the other that uses the human years for growing up, then lets the elves just have a much longer adulthood alive than the rest of the races. Generally this is up to every roleplayer, although on occasion the differences might cause some IC/OOC clashes, especially when it comes to age in relation to independence and sexual maturity.
The only clue I have found about how the devs viewed this comes from a conversation with a high elf in Arlinora's Retreat. The elf in question ranks as a Lieutenant and is most definitely an adult elf. She mentions that she was but a child twenty years ago. This would suggest a typical human-equivalent of growing-up-speed. Also, with 300 being roughly the general max age of elves, instead of thousands or near-immortality, one can hardly be a child for one third of one's life.
"It has been nearly twenty years since the Lyceum of Ingolas fell to the dark influence of Kaon magic. Since then we have been combating this evil as best as we can, however the Kaon forces gain more ground and influence with each passing year."
- What caused the downfall of the Lyceum of Ingolas?
"To be honest I am not exactly sure of all the details. I was but a child when the ordeal took place, but I have learned a few things from my elders."