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Barring deaths by illnesses (if they can catch them), death in battle or some other unnatural death, I was wondering what the average lifespan for an elf - a Wood Elf in particular - was?
EDIT: Or are they immortal?
Several hundred years I think though I can't be sure.
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I don't believe that they are immortal. High Elves aren't, and if WE were it would be a great discrepancy.
Also, a point is made in the fluff of the immortality of Orion. If all WE were immortal this wouldn't need to be made.
I'll go with Xuy here and say a 3-4 hundred years. Pretty much all elves archetypes in fiction have either that sort of lifespan or are immortal.
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High Elves are technically Immortal along with D.E and W.E. Most believe they simply live to a reeeeally long age, but no High Elf has ever been recorded as dieing of Old Age.
Dwarves live 300-400 maximum, Elves are immortal foor practical purposes.
But for background material purposes (ie the history of a particular elf or elves), how long would you say?
EDIT: In addition to that, are they immune to diseases and illnesses?
Last edited by Schmeag; October 29th, 2005 at 22:14.
High Elves seem to live the best part of a millenia doubt Wood Elves (and Dark Elves) are that much different.
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Well Dutchie! that is why elves are fast, so they can charge you from the rear.
As far the Topic I am going to back AD&D 2nd edition when it said 1200 to 1500 but usually around 800 they wander off and just disappear. Where they disappear to we will never know. While they don't seem to disappear in Warhammer I got to believe that they live between 1200 and 1500. I can't think of any fluff that says an elf has lived longer then 2000 with out magic or being half diety. However, I have read plenty of fluff about elves living past 1000.
I'm fairly sure that there are elves around that lived when the first chaos war (other than the one that the old ones left to avoid) happened... That would put them around 2000+ years old....
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And now, yes, I know I'm answering my own question, but after a bit of research and some inspiration...
In the Wood Elf army book, it states that the Phoenix King, Bel Shaanar, ruled Ulthuan for more than four thousand years before Sigmar's birth, meaning that he might have ruled long after. But it seems Aenarion (Bel Shanaar's predecessor), may have ruled longer, otherwise, he may have been seen inferior to Bel Shanaar as as such would not be regarded with such awe (the bringers of power and prosperity have a tendency to live quite long). Now, however, in the Wood Elf Army Book, Wood Elves, apart from Ariel, get mentioned only once, perhaps suggesting an ever-shortening lifespan.However, Orion is mortal - he dies in winter and as the snows begin to melt, his place is taken by another Wild Rider, who practically assumes his aspect - but then again, the book also mentions that no one knows what happens in these rites, so I may be wrong.Originally Posted by Corianis
Anyway, most elves tend to die before their allotted time...Most of these systems, Warhammer Fantasy included, are based on Tolkien's fantasy elves. His version described elves were immortal, save from illness, injury or despair. Although I highly doubt they are immortal, there is the fluff that I have already previously stated above...Originally Posted by IamJasonK
Aenarion was regarded with such awe because the guy was a freakin demi god!Originally Posted by Schmeag
Killed an Everchosen (depending on your fluff source)
Battled 4 Greater Daemons at once
Drew the Sword of Khaine from its altar
He was a rockstar by Phonenix King standards!
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