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Romance, lifespan and ascension

It feels weird as a human pc to date Aerie and it never comes up that she may live ten times longer than him, and especially that this never comes up in the context of whether to ascend or not. It feels as if the PC will be a bit mugged by staying mortal, he’ll be dead before she hits middle age. Likewise with Viconia, though different ending noted, and somewhat with Jaheira. If PC is an elf, staying mortal and with love interest seems to make much more sense. I appreciate that conversations about lifespan would have been hard to build in due to the number of variables but it seems such a major issue that I end up having to headcannon discussions about it where there is a huge difference. Is this just me? Do any mods address it?

ElysianEchoes

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  • megamike15megamike15 Member Posts: 1,455
    this is never brought up in any of the romances be it vanilla or modded. atlest with say xan's you need to be an elf to do it so there is no hope of that even happening.

    gorgonzola
  • Humanoid_TaifunHumanoid_Taifun Member Posts: 962
    Though Xan does point out that he is at an advanced age and thus liable to leave the protagonist an early widow.

    I have always missed an option for a delayed ascension, and so that is basically what I try to headcanon into the story. Live out your life with your loved one, and then go rampage through the planes as a young God.

  • gorgonzolagorgonzola Member Posts: 2,421
    edited March 25
    Or maybe ascend and then return to your lover as an avatar, even better, and your father did something similar, even if love was certainly not his scope. He had so many sons, you have the right to at least a love affair and maybe a couple of little semigods...

    ElysianEchoes
  • xizorxizor Member Posts: 76
    edited March 25
    Does being a Bhaalspawn affect lifespan? I think this was never adressed anywhere.

    Are there methods in 2nd edition to increase the lifespan (with epic level mage or cleric)?

  • ElysianEchoesElysianEchoes Member Posts: 231
    xizor wrote: »
    Does being a Bhaalspawn affect lifespan? I think this was never adressed anywhere.

    Are there methods in 2nd edition to increase the lifespan (with epic level mage or cleric)?

    Well, if you both become liches . . . problem solved?

  • DJKajuruDJKajuru Member Posts: 2,969
    Would you avoid falling in love for someone if you knew that he/she would die in 10 years ,while you would reach the pinnacle of human lifespan?

  • ElysianEchoesElysianEchoes Member Posts: 231
    I probably would avoid that, @DJKajuru . But, I'm sure there are many idealistic people that would happily take the ten years of joy, in spite of the inevitable heartache.

  • DJKajuruDJKajuru Member Posts: 2,969
    edited March 25
    I probably would avoid that, @DJKajuru . But, I'm sure there are many idealistic people that would happily take the ten years of joy, in spite of the inevitable heartache.

    Well, to human being 5 or 10 years in a relationship ain't a lifetime but it happens to most people , and if it was someone you really loved it would mark us for the experience , in fact one might even have a child from such a relationship. In fantasy terms, to you it might be your whole life ,but an elf would love you for your lifetime and then , as should we all, move on .

    ElysianEchoes
  • ilduderinoilduderino Member Posts: 128
    edited March 25
    Thanks, am running the Xan mod now, it’s great

    megamike15
  • BladeDancerBladeDancer Member Posts: 449
    edited April 3
    It shouldn't feel weird. Romances between humans and elves are very common in the Forgotten Realms, and usually the issue of humans not living as long as elves don't matter to them, they focus on the present instead of the future most of the time. In the case of the human male CHARNAME, being a Bhaalspawn guarantees that he will live almost as long as Aerie. I know this because the Baldur's Gate novelizations protagonist, Abdel Adrian lived more than 100 years to the time the tabletop game Murder in Baldur's Gate is set in even though he chose not to become a god and gave up his divine essence in the end of the Throne of Bhaal novel. If Abdel lived longer than the average human after choosing to remain mortal, CHARNAME can too!

    Post edited by BladeDancer on
    ElysianEchoesThacoBellStummvonBordwehr
  • megamike15megamike15 Member Posts: 1,455
    yeah when you look at the canon romances excluding mods. all of male charname's are elves while all of female charnames are human. with dorn being romanced by both. originally it would have been 2 humans and one tiefling as valygar and Haer'Dalis were meant to be romances before they got cut.

    ThacoBell
  • jsavingjsaving Member Posts: 495
    Salvatore covers this in detail in one of his Drizzt novels, elves divide their lives into chapters and recognize that each human spouse can form the basis of a beautiful chapter though life will go on for the elf once the chapter is concluded.

    ThacoBellStummvonBordwehrBladeDancer
  • ilduderinoilduderino Member Posts: 128
    edited April 2
    Something that Salvatore believed in so strongly that he reincarnated his human cast to hang out with Drizzt again 🤣

    Post edited by ilduderino on
  • QuickbladeQuickblade Member Posts: 769
    ilduderino wrote: »
    Something that Salvatore believed in so strongly that he reincarnated his human cast to hang out with Drizzt again 🤣

    I don't have those books.

    I'm glad I don't have those books. Just the very description of it sounds weird.

  • ThacoBellThacoBell Member Posts: 8,559
    ilduderino wrote: »
    Something that Salvatore believed in so strongly that he reincarnated his human cast to hang out with Drizzt again 🤣

    In Salvatore's defense, WotC forced him to write in the Spellplague and kill off characters. He did the reincarnation thing as a backdoor to keep them around.

    ilduderinoBladeDancer
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