This subject has been an extremely interesting (and rather frustrating) to me. In the lore (as much as i know), we have never been offered a set average the the expectancy of the typical Mer. That is claimed that the Altmer space one (probably THE) longest living gyeongju in all of Tamriel. Yet how long are they normally living?

From the huge amount of time implied, I'd say the they live at the very least a small over 2 thousand year (plus one hundred because that the Altmer many thanks to Phynaster). Yet I can be not correct though. Any type of thoughts?


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Elves don't have an typical lifespan because they don't have actually an typical anything. Elven life cycles don't work-related like humans, particularly not the high elves, and many that the longer lived people are adept at magic.

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The lore seems to state the there is a somewhat mean lifespan for the Mer (at the very least for the Altmer, from what I've gathered) consisting of their extra one hundred years. I don't ever before recall analysis that they all have various measurements of longevity from individual to individual.


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Last i checked, the Dunmer are generally conditionally fertile, and can just have kids when their populace dips, except when interbreeding with human beings for part reason. You have individuals choose Queen Barenziah who is several hundred years old, and also Divayth Fyr who is number of thousand.

I don't know around the Bosmer, and Altmer supposedly clone themselves, or therefore I've heard.


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I don't know around the Bosmer either, however I do know a bit about the Altmer's breeding habits. Supposedly, they practice Eugenics, pretty lot (which is actually a an excellent thing for your people). They breed youngsters with the desired genes. Those who execute not meet the demands are go v infanticide.

One resource (obviously a an extremely pro realm source, composed in one of the PGEs during the time the Alinor/Summerset Isle was having conflicts with each other) said that they put down nine out of ten kids due come impurities (this is regularly seen as excessive hyperbole or simply plain false through that numerous being put down).

I additionally just uncovered this:


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A leader the the Psijics,Rite master Iachesis, apparently led them throughout the entire first Era (about 3 thousand years), providing some point out of the potential longevity of the Altmer.

http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:Altmer#Society_and_Religion


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Tauryon wrote:

I don't ever before recall reading that they all have different measurements of longevity from individual to individual.


Everyone has different measures that longevity from separation, personal, instance to individual. Room you a landscape farmer that works from dusk till dawn? You're probably not going to live as long as a nobleman through aleisurelylifestyle. Is your neighborhood in a location that has actually perpetual droughts and famines, or space your parents from together a community? You're more than likely not going come live as lengthy as someone who resides in a mild, continual climate and whose parents passed away of a ripe old age.

Lifespan counts as lot on ecological factors and also how friend live your life together it walk on your genetics. Maybe more, if Tamriel is choose earth.

It seems to me the elves can essentially live forever v the right sort of care. The vast majority don't, that course, but there doesn't seem to be a tough limit.


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We have actually been offered no median or certainty if your is an average. There is a farmer woman in Skyrim, a Dunmer, who is at the very least 200 and looks to be on the lower finish of center age, however elven cultural propensity for magic muddies the waters so lot that it might render the inquiry irrelevant.


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Very interesting input girlfriend guys; thank you.

I agree about magic. It appears that magic (and specifically those who wield v with efficiency) have tendency to live much longer than others. But still, though. The entirety thing with Phynaster to teach the Altmer to live (naturally) one hundred much more years by taking shorter strides appears to imply that there seems to be a basic (rather 보다 an absolute or set) mean life span.

I'm thinking of "Well, the Altmer generally live for about _____ to _____ years, however it's not unusual for many of them come live also longer lives". I perform think it would certainly be helpful, though, to have actually an understanding of how long they can typically live to better grasp Merish longevity and also how they watch things.


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We just don't have sufficient data, Tauryon. Any estimate girlfriend make would certainly be as good as any estimate we make. And besides, as soon as you gain up there right into the life spans lasting centuries, i think it problem very little whether one's average lifespan is three century or 3 thousand. Its increase there, and perhaps unimaginable to united state mere humans.


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Yes, I recognize there isn't a lot

of data various other than a vague recommendation here and also there. All we can do is guess at exactly how long the median Mer of every Merish gyeongju would typically live.


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According come Alvur Relds (dunmer), the average life expectancy of their family is 130 years, and he suggests that the very same goes for most dunmers.


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Ralen wrote:

According to Alvur Relds (dunmer), the median life expectations of their family members is 130 years, and also he suggests that the exact same goes for many dunmers.


Except numerous in-game sources in Skyrim screen Dunmer that make recommendations to being at least 200 year old, and also appear come be rather young, fit and also healthy.


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The life expectancy might have likewise changed, as it has actually with united state homo sapiens, over time, due to a shift in conventional of living. But if the were the case, one would frequently expect the life span to shorten after the Red Year, what with the displacement of huge swathes that Dunmer population following a series of catastrophes. Though it is difficult to say. Medicine has actually probably advanced little over the year in TES.

A more ES-y explanation might be the the Dunmer are gradually undergoing another racial shift. First they were Aldmer, climate Chimer under the Daedra and also ancestors, climate Dunmer under the Tribunal, and also now that the Tribunal space gone, castle are transforming again. That's additionally my translate of why Vivec let the moon drop: the Tribunal space gone, for this reason the Dunmer have actually to uncover a new way of life, rather than life in the husk of a please ideal. Though on the other hand, life in husks comes naturally to Dunmer.


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That's a beautiful and poetic thought, yet I doubt Bethesda placed that much initiative into it. Much more than likely they're sticking with the one "1000 year Elven lifespan" pointed out in The genuine Barenziah. It's never ever been flatly contradicted so it's a decent dominance of thumb, however as Lady N claimed it counts on top quality of life.


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Gnomey wrote:

The life expectancy can have also changed, as it has with us homo sapiens, end time, as result of a transition in traditional of living. However if the were the case, one would commonly expect the life span to shorten ~ the Red Year, what v the displacement of big swathes that Dunmer populace following a collection of catastrophes. Though it is difficult to say. Medicine has actually probably advanced small over the year in TES.


You could be top top something. Throughout the Red Year many of the peasants died and also most the the the aristocracy survived. So during the time the Skirim you have higher chance of meeting older dunmers, due to the fact that they room the ones who endured the Red Year. :-)


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Thats native Daggerfall though. Allot of points from Daggerfall have actually never to be contradicted, quite they have actually been nuanced.

For the Dunmer we have actually Alvur Relds, Dyviath Fyr and Barenziah as markers. And they're all over the place. Therefore right currently you might say that a thousand year life expectancy was a poetic expression that refers to their general longevity.

For Altmer i haven't seen much besides Phynaster and a tip in the first PGE. Though because that Phynaster to be pertinent his contribution of 100 years must have actually been significant. Top top a thousand year life span it would be a small underwhelming. Yet yeah, over there no definite answers.


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It is something of an indicator the how little we have taken the Merish view in past gamings that us still don"t even really know how long your lifespans space in patented terms.


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We're never directly told, but again - the new evidence native Skyrim is compelling. If I'm remembering correctly there's also a Bosmer that is well over 100 and also appears to it is in in what we'd think about his twenties. No one of the Elves we fulfill of advanced age seem come be an especially wealthy or good with magicka, besides perhaps Gelebor or Archmage Savos Aren. They're usually farmers or soldiers or something. That would cut down the theory that just the well-off live for hundreds of years. The lady that was one apothecary in Vivec City was functioning as a simple farmer in Skyrim.


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Lady N wrote:
Tauryon wrote:

I don't ever before recall analysis that they all have different measurements the longevity from separation, personal, instance to individual.


Everyone has different measures the longevity from separation, personal, instance to individual. Room you a rural farmer that works indigenous dusk it spins dawn? You're more than likely not going come live as long as a nobleman v aleisurelylifestyle. Is your community in a ar that has perpetual droughts and famines, or are your parental from together a community? You're probably not going to live as lengthy as someone who stays in a mild, regular climate and whose parents died of a ripe old age.

Lifespan counts as lot on environmental factors and also how you live her life as it go on your genetics. Perhaps more, if Tamriel is prefer earth.

It appears to me the elves can basically live forever through the appropriate sort that care. The vast majority don't, that course, yet there doesn't it seems to be ~ to be a hard limit.


That's what i figured, however why would Altmer be so i heard with becoming gods then? If they just live carefully and also study magic, unless they're actully eliminated there isn't really a method for them come die...


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"But this to be a trick. As Lorkhan knew, this human being contained an ext limitations 보다 not and also was as such hardly a point of Anu at all. Mundus was the home of Sithis. Together their elements began to die off, plenty of of the et'Ada vanished completely. Part escaped, like Magnus, and also that is why there room no constraints to magic. Others, choose Y'ffre, transformed themselves right into the Ehlnofey, the Earthbones, so the the whole civilization might no die. Some had actually to marry and make youngsters just to last. Every generation to be weaker 보다 the last, and also soon there were Aldmer. Darkness caved in. Lorkhan made armies out the the weakest souls and also named castle Men, and also they brought Sithis right into every quarter.

"Auriel pleaded v Anu to take it them back, yet he had currently filled their locations with miscellaneous else. Yet his heart was gentler and also granted Auriel his Bow and also Shield, so that he could save the Aldmer from the hordes the Men. Some had already fallen, prefer the Chimer, who listened come tainted et'Ada, and others, prefer the Bosmer, had soiled Time's heat by taking Mannish wives.

Monomyth : heart of the World

Auri-El (King of the Aldmer): The Elven Akatosh is Auri-El. Auri-El is the heart of Anui-El, who, in turn, is the spirit of Anu the Everything. The is the chief of many Aldmeri pantheons. Many Altmeri and Bosmeri claim direct descent from Auri-El. In his only well-known moment the weakness, he agreed to take it his part in the development of the mortal plane, the act i beg your pardon forever sundered the Elves native the spirit worlds of eternity. To make up for it, Auri-El led the original Aldmer against the armies of Lorkhan in mythic times, vanquishing the tyrant and establishing the an initial kingdoms of the Altmer, Altmora and Old Ehlnofey. He climate ascended to sky in complete observance the his followers so the they could learn the measures needed come escape the mortal plane.

Faith in the Empire

Not becoming gods. Quite it is about preserving and eventually return to what they as soon as were. They host that they are descendants from Auri-El that ended up being weaker and an ext numerous v each generation.

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edit: This difference also matters as soon as trying to know the Dwemer. It's not around becoming gods, yet returning to what they when where.