On the longevity of Easterners

Maximilian Wilson wilson.max at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 12:30:48 PST 2005

On 11/16/05, Davdi Silverrock <davdisil at gmail.com> wrote:
> looking old. So, too, are witches described as being old. Well, one
> witch (Noish-pa), anyway, and I'm generalizing from one example. So

Actually, I would expect witchcraft to have an easier time than sorcery
countering the effects of old age, given that witchcraft seems to be mostly
about (self-) awareness, while sorcery is more like a tool for manipulating
power. I suspect that Arra's and Laszlo's longevity is a witchcraft

To the left, I would posit that the decrepitudes of old age are indeed
> nothing more than accumulated damage at the cellular and genetic
> levels. If sorcery can heal disease and trauma at a larger physical
> level, it *should* be possible to simply heal old age - if not in
> oneself, then in another, and sorcerers could simply take turns in
> making sure that they are all effectively unagingly immortal.

And it *should* be possible to reattach severed heads, or repair the damage
done by a dagger to the eye. They don't seem to know how to do that yet, and
perhaps old age is similar.

And as an example, there is the Sorceress in Green, whose lifespan
> seems to be unusually long even for a Dragaeran, since she is
> apparantly recorded as being in operation several cycles before the
> current one, which is indeed a long time. But the SiG is mysterious,
> and perhaps there have been several persons with the same appellation.
> There is also Sethra Lavode, who is older than the Empire, but she is
> special in many ways, and I sincerely doubt that her long life is
> *solely* due to the benefits of the Orb.

Both good points.

Max Wilson

Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.