JOF Animal Ages

Hello everyone. As promised, I am making a new post concerning the mythical animals of Xaythea that one might come across in the twins’ quest.   You may read JOF Race Ages for the lifespan and gestation-period of the races of my world.  Although Merfolk and Sirens may be considered races in their own right, they are mythical monsters and thus being included here for I am unsure yet whether I will explore much of their respective cultures. They are included here due to the Ascension and its crew will encounter these creatures at some point in their travels.

Griffin:

0-1 year:: hatchling
2-7 years:: fledgling
8-100 years:: adolescent
101-300 years:: young adult
301-600 years:: adult
601-750 years:: elder

Generally, griffins age similarly to dragons; though somewhat quicker. A grffin’s average lifespan is 750 years.

Primary Gestation:: Eggs laid 20 days after conception; eggs hatch 60 days later.

Alicorn:

0-4 months:: newborn foal
1-2 years:: young foal
3-10 years:: adolescent
11-15 years:: young adult
16-30 years:: adult
31+ years:: considered an ‘elder’ by the pack

Most alicorns may only live to be around the age of thirty; their violent lifestyle often leads to an early death. Though they have the potential to live much longer, any who live over the average age – no matter how old they may look – are considered elders by the pack.

Primary Gestation:: 100-day gestation period.

Unicorn:

0-4 months:: newborn foal
1-2 years:: young foal
3-15 years:: adolescent
16-80 years:: young adult
81-900 years:: adult
901-1,500 years:: elder
1,501+ years:: ancient

Similar to their demonic cousins, the kirin, unicorns are similarly immortal. They reach maturity more swiftly due to their lack of overall defenses compared to their cousins, however. *Kirin went into extinction about five-hundred years before the twins’ were born.

Primary Gestation:: 300-day gestation period.

Pegasus:

0-4 months:: newborn foal
1-2 years:: young foal
3-15 years:: adolescent
16-80 years:: young adult
81-900 years:: adult
901-1,500 years:: elder
1,501+ years:: ancient

Pegasi grow and mature much the same as unicorns, and are likewise immortal.

Primary Gestation:: 270-day gestation period.

Hippocampus:

0-2 months:: newborn foal
2 months to 1 year:: young foal
2-5 years:: adolescent
6-80 years:: young adult
81-450 years:: adult
451-500 years:: elder

Hippocampi mature swiftly before their aging slows down rather dramatically. They typically live around 500 years.
Primary Gestation:: 280-day gestation period.

Dragon:

Hatchling
From hatching to age 3. Cannot use the common tongue until after age 1.
0-7 months; equivalent to 3 years.
7 months – 1 year; equivalent to 5 years.
1-2; equivalent to 7.
2-4; equivalent to 10.

Fledgling
Age 4 to age 10. Growth excelled. Abilities both physical and magical begin to show.
4-6; equivalent to 12.
6-8; equivalent to 13.
8-10; equivalent to 14.

Adolescent
Age 10 to age 100. Growth slows substantially.
10-14; equivalent to 15.
14-20; equivalent to 16.
20-55; equivalent to 17.
55-80; equivalent to 18.
80-100; equivalent to 19.

Adult
Age 100 to 5000.
100-200; equivalent to 25.
200-400; equivalent to 30.
400-500; equivalent to 35.
500-700; equivalent to 40.
700-900; equivalent to 45.
900-5,000; equivalent to 50.

Ancient
Age 5000 on.

5,000-10,000; equivalent to 60.
10,000-15,000; equivalent to 70.
15,000-20,000; equivalent to 80.
20,000-27,000; damn fricken’ old.

Dragons age very quickly in the beginning, much like elves, but age slower and slower as they get older.

Primary Gestation:: Eggs laid 35 days after conception; eggs hatch after two months.

Ghost Dogs:

0-2 months:: whelp
3 months – 2 years:: puppy
3-5 years:: adolescent
6-15 years:: young adult
16-250 years:: adult
251-300 years:: elder

The average Ghost dog ages somewhat quickly until adulthood; after that, they show their age very slowly. Their average lifespan is around 300 years.

Primary Gestation:: 70-day gestation period.

Phoenix:

0-2 months:: hatchling
3-4 months:: fledgling
1-10 years:: adolescent
11-100 years:: young adult
101-800 years:: adult
801-950 years:: elder
951-1,000:: ancient

The phoenix is technically immortal; they’re able to be reborn and have another ‘life’ when they die. However, this point comes only when they reach the end of their current life – a span of about a thousand years.

Primary Gestation:: Eggs laid 15 days after conception; eggs hatch 70 days later.

Siren:

0-3 years:: infant
4-12 years:: child
13-20 years:: adolescent
21-50 years:: young adult
51-150 years:: adult
151-200 years:: elder

The average siren ages much like a human; their lifespan ranges around 150 to 200. However, due to the tendency of fisherman to take an issue with their antics, many are killed early on.

Primary Gestation:: 260-day gestation period.

Merfolk:

0-4 months:: infant
1-10 years:: child
11-18 years:: adolescent
19-28 years:: young adult
29-150 years:: adult
151-200 years:: elder

Merfolk age much like humans, though somewhat swifter. Their average lifespan is around 200 years.

Primary Gestation:: 280-day gestation period.

Sphinx:

0-3 years:: newborn cub
3-7 years:: cub
8-50 years:: adolescent
51-500 years:: young adult
501-1,200 years:: adult
1,200-5,000 years:: elder
5,000+ years:: ancient

The immortal sphinx grow and mature somewhat slowly, but are capable of taking care of themselves from adolescence onwards.

Primary Gestation:: 100-day gestation period.

Leviathan:

0-3 years:: fresh spawn
4-15 years:: sprat
16-500 years:: adolescent
501-1,000 years:: young adult
1,001-5,000 years:: adult
5,001-10,000 years:: elder
10,000+ years:: ancient

Much like their rivals, the krakens, leviathans are immortal, and never stop growing, but few ever live past adulthood.

Primary Gestation:: Eggs laid 120 days after conception; eggs hatch 250 days later.

Kraken:

0-3 years:: fresh spawn
4-15 years:: sprat
16-500 years:: adolescent
501-1,000 years:: young adult
1,001-5,000 years:: adult
5,001-10,000 years:: elder
10,000+ years:: ancient

The immortal kraken never stop growing, but few ever live past adulthood.

Primary Gestation:: Eggs laid 80 days after conception; eggs hatch 200 days later.

Kamine:

0-2 months:: whelp
3 months – 2 years:: puppy
3-15 years:: adolescent
16-100 years:: young adult
101-1400 years:: adult
1,401-1,500 years:: elder

Kamine are much longer lived than Ghost Dogs due to their draconic blood. Though not immortal, their lifespan generally ranges around 1500 years.

Primary Gestation:: 75-day gestation period.

Selkie:

0-3 years:: infant

4-12 years:: child

13-20 years:: adolescent

21-50 years:: young adult

51-80 years:: adult

81-100 years:: elder

Fairly short-lived, though they age much like the Earthland humans.  Lifespan is around 200 years.

Primary Gestation:: 270-day gestation

Chimera:

0-1 years:: whelp

2-3 years:: cub

4-15 years:: adolescent

16-50 years:: young adult

51-440 years:: adult

441-500 years:: elder

Chimeras grow and mature much like lions.  Few live past 500 years.

Primary Gestation: 90-day gestation period

Nemean Lion:

0-1 Years:: kit

2-3 Years:: cub

4-15 Years:: adolescent

16-50 Years:: young adult

51-440 Years:: adult

441-600 Years:: elder

Nemean Lions have fur impenetrable to normal weapons and are quite aggressive. They grow and mature much like Chimera.  Few live past 600 years.

Primary Gestaton: 90-day gestation period

Then there are the following extinct creatures still walking around on Xaythea:

  • Cave Lion
  • Cave Bear
  • Cave Hyena
  • Dire Wolf
  • Short-Faced Bear
  • Smilodon
  • Woolly Mammoth
  • Woolly Rhinoceros
  • Indricotherium
  • Peteinosaurus
  • Petrolacosaurus
  • Cymbospondylus
  • Mastadon
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