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Does anyone know these? I can't seem to find how long khajiits live for.


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9 lives?
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(November 24th 2012, 05:27 PM)Gavyyn Wrote: 9 lives?

lmfao I would guess maybe a little longer than human's but I'm not sure


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For Orsimer? I would say Most don't live past 60. Mainly due to harsh living, seeking a honorable death, poor health insurance, etc.
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I would guess that Kahjiit would have a lower lifespan than a human would because of their higher metabolism which (at least in RL) tends to decrease the lifespan of a species.

As for Argonians, (I know you didn't ask this) I would say that they tend to live slightly longer. Again, drawing from RL reptiles. Alligator can live up to 75 years if left undisturbed. Tortoises can live up to 150 years under proper conditions. However, Komodo Dragons only live up to 30 years.

So, take what you may out of it.


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(November 24th 2012, 06:14 PM)Archmage Rythis Wrote: I would guess that Kahjiit would have a lower lifespan than a human would because of their higher metabolism which (at least in RL) tends to decrease the lifespan of a species.

As for Argonians, (I know you didn't ask this) I would say that they tend to live slightly longer. Again, drawing from RL reptiles. Alligator can live up to 75 years if left undisturbed. Tortoises can live up to 150 years under proper conditions. However, Komodo Dragons only live up to 30 years.

So, take what you may out of it.

Yeah that could be that way. Argonians and Khajiit life expectancies seem to be unknown. The races who generally lean more towards magic seem to have higher lifespans.


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as for the races lifespan. there has been a topic about this already but it was limited to elves if im not mistaken.

as for humans, it seems like its kind of like we have it now. wich is weird. but id say a peasant wont live past his 40s, especialy not in skyrim.

Orcs are even more short lived than Humans, beeing elves, they already lost some lifespan during the corruption of trinimac, then when the nords were cursed by orkey to live only 10 years. The curse was put on the Orcs instead, so id supose orcs will probably live around 50 years probably a bit longer.

Elves can live very long but it highly ties in with the social status and the enviroment. When it comes to dunmer it is the most known one. A lower class dunmer would live up to 300 to probably 400 years. An upper class Dunmer has been mentioned to "show signs of age" at the age of 700 years. And of course then you can be Fyr, who is an entierly different story, having lived through all of the TES games we got to play so far. We dont know if hes still alive, but his wife daugters might aswell be.

Id supose high elves have a higher rate of people living that long, while the bosmer have a lower one.

For the beastfolk: we cant tell, but its highly suggested that they live pretty much as long as humans, give or take a few years.

Rythis statement on the argonians is interresting, but we have no confirmation for that one in the lore, but its nice speculation anyway. Especialy since argonians are essentialy nothing but lizards. Then again the reason why argonians might hardly mention their age is the fact that they, culturaly have no concept of time. This could also point to a very high, or very low life expectancy, or tie in with the fact that they will always be reborn through a semi-dreamsleeve in the hist, as an argonian.
Old Argonians have been mentioned in the Books, its said that the scales of an aging argonian turn transluscent in a few patches.
Also there has been at least one story of what is most likeley an argonian who was discribed as "balding".
this however is probably to be turned to the many books in TES lore that explain every single race as a modern day human for comedic effect.
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Khajiit are related to Bosmer. They may have somewhat Elven lifespans. Of course, Orsimer are arguably even closer to the Aldmer line and they don't live long at all. Plus, Divayth Fyr is, as always, an anomaly. Purity of blood does not always indicate longevity in Elven races.

I'd imagine that Khajiit lifespans vary between which lunar form they are born into. Dagi and Alfiq, due to their small size and propensity for magic, might live longer than a Pahmar or Senche. I'd consider the Mane to be practically immortal, but since we have no historical records of the deaths of Manes as far as I know (only the rise of the mane Rid-T'har Di'Datta) there is no way to tell.

On Argonian lifespans: completely made up, but perhaps the Hist can absorb and reincarnate distinct Argonian "souls". Argonian bodies are mortal, but the vast organic supercomputer of the Hist consciousness is not, and might possibly be used for processing and preserving the minds of their more humanoid vassals.
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on the hist: thats pretty much how it works. but its not that the hist implant their "soul" into an argonian, but they "harvest" the souls of argonians when they die (it is not said that this happens to all argonians, it could be that the argonians mustnt have his tie to the hist severed in order to have this happen, of course all of this is speculation.
something we know for a fact tho is that an argonian that has a deal with a daedra can end up in his realm like anyone else, wether or not an argonian can go to sovengarde is debateable, skyrim hints that this might be the case, but we cant tell for sure.

As for the kahjiit beeing related to the bosmer, once again this is a highly obscure source that is most likeley a memory of the dawn era.
Basically it says that azura created the kahjiit from the bosmer, actually not it never states this. it says it created the kahjiit from the people of the forest. this might aswell be something very different that we dont understand because of our limited knowledge of the kahjiit culture.

also septimus signus quest in Skyrim suggests that the kahjiit are not mer, either they were never mer or they at least are not mer anymore now.
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I don't know how long orcs live, but I'd say very few of them die of old age, since if they live "too long", so that their strenght starts diminishing they leave their settlements to find a worthy foe to fight until death.


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Personally I'd believe khajit to live around the 20-25 years, since cats live up to 15 and just because they are humanoid it does not mean that they are evolved or devolved humans. Most species rapidly grow during their first few years, so as an absolute max. I'd guess a khajit could become 40 or so. Dunmers are said to be able to live up to 1000 years if they're carefull(which rarely is the case), one dunmer known from the third TES game is the mage in the corposium which is 3000 years old. Argonians, well their lifespan is difficult indeed, since they live in blackmarsh...which...I suppose is black and dreadfull, so even though reptile it does suggest they're not in need to herbinate during long periods of sunless weather unlike normal reptiles which metabolism and bodily functions relies on the sunlight warmth(if blackmarsh indeed is so blackish). my guess is that argonians have either a long lifespan or short one, like either 20 years or 120, if it's the short lifespan the protection of the hist would be so much more logical since it is said to contain the memories of every argonian is stored here and argonians drinking its sap will be shown the memories of their ancestors.


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i guess 20 years is probably a wrong judgement for pretty much every race that isnt cursed by orkey by any chance.

also fyr lived that long because he prolonged his life through magick and yargum lives that long because he has the corprus disease wich makes you stop aging (also turns you into a zombie ish thing)
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Just saw this on UESP. Won't answer your question on Khajit but for a Dunmer player reading this.


I've always been curious about the lifespan of elves. We all know they live much longer than all other races, is this true for the Dunmer as well? How many years would it take for you to be considered 'old'?
Alvur Relds: Well, I'm fifty, done my twenty years in the Service, and I'm in the prime of life. I expect another fifty good years, and then I'll be old, and slow, chatting with gaffers around the hearth for another twenty, thirty years. I've known mer still mind-sharp in their late hundreds, and heard of folk 200 and older. My family usually makes it to 120-130, providing we don't get sick or poked in the eye.
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yeah thats from the pre morrowind stuff. but if you read the biography of barenziah the information is quite different.
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Personally I think that 20 years can't be dismissed, since most people probably are too hung up on size and human traits having relations to the lifespan, however that is irelevant unless they are close relatives of eachothers species


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