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Aasimar, Tiefling, and other half human starting age


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The ARG states that Aasimar, Tieflings, and all other "half human" native outsiders start at 60+ for age, but James Jacob said that this will likely be errata'd due to not matching up with ages of NPCs in published adventure paths, so here's my question, can a PFS legal Aasimar, tiefling, or other half human native outsider be younger then the 60+ presented in the ARG?

Here's the quote, I also linked it above, and yes I know the whole "James Jacobs is not a rules source thing" that's why I am asking.

James Jacobs wrote:

Actually...

I'm going to try to get the ARG errataed so that aasimars and tieflings reach adulthood and have starting ages equal to humans. Because beyond the two contradictions Mort pointed out above...

** spoiler omitted **

A quick glance at the other race ages listed in the ARG and all those look fine—either they're like drow or svirfneblin and have always had established ages, or they're new races who haven't had significant NPC appearances that rely heavily upon their childhood history being on a time scale equal to that of a human.

Now... I suppose I COULD say "Tieflings and aasimars age differently in Golarion," but that's super obnoxious. The rulebooks don't have a built-in campaign setting, but Golarion DOES assume you're using the rulebooks, and as such, what's in the rulebooks SHOULD match what happens in Golarion as much as possible.

Grr.

The thing is, I had originally wanted my Aasimar with the scion of humanity trait to not know that they are an Aasimar (and why would they unless they matured slower then everyone else). However, without losing their memory or something, a 60+ old will have realized they aren't quite human.

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I'd just like to point out that I have never ever ever ever ever audited a PC's age.


Note that James Jacobs wants to errata the aging data for aasimars and tieflings only -- in the cited link, he also said that the other races were fine as is because there was no contradictory story material related to them. So ifrits, oreads, sylphs, and undines would keep their 60+ starting ages, while aasimars and tieflings would age as humans.

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I will make a ruling on that once the errata is published. We will most likely follow what is listed in it.


I would just like to add, that in the Blood of Fiends book, it says that a tieflings lifespan is roughly the same as that of a human (possibly a little longer). Now I haven't read Blood of angels so I don't know if the same would apply to aasimar, but I would guess yes, since they seem like 2 different sides of the same coin.

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Some Random Dood wrote:
I would just like to add, that in the Blood of Fiends book, it says that a tieflings lifespan is roughly the same as that of a human (possibly a little longer). Now I haven't read Blood of angels so I don't know if the same would apply to aasimar, but I would guess yes, since they seem like 2 different sides of the same coin.

It does say the same, that is part of the reason why James Jacob is trying to get the ARG errata'd, however Blood of Angels/Fiends don't have numbers for age.

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