Old Elves

Kenneth Gorelick pulmon at mac.com
Wed Feb 15 10:17:43 PST 2006

On Feb 15, 2006, at 12:36 PM, Howard Brazee wrote:

> Jon_Lincicum at stream.com wrote:
>>> I don't think fertility is an urgent need here.   She might have  
>>> long term plans of returning to mortality.   But she probably has  
>>> lots of long term plans of a grander nature.
>> One other point to consider--even if Sethra were still alive, she  
>> would be well past the age of Dragaeran menopause.
>> By a factor of at least 10,000 I would say.
> She probably avoided it - but I wonder how long the bad times last  
> with normal Dragaerans.
> But thinking about it - how does aging work?     Do old Dragaerans  
> stay vigorous until they have a quick decline?
> Menopause should be early enough so that you stick around long  
> enough to rear your children.   But can a post-menopausal Dzur  
> fight effectively?   I suspect yes.   Most elven myths have them  
> virtually immortal.   Old age might be like cancer - killing them  
> relatively rapidly.

Humans historically began to bear young at age 15-16. With menopause  
30 years away, many of the children would be having children while  
their mothers remained fertile.