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.
3-4; equivalent to 10.

Fledgling
Age 5 to age 10. Growth excelled. Abilities both physical and magical begin to show.
5-6; equivalent to 12.
7-8; equivalent to 13.
9-10; equivalent to 14.

Adolescent
Age 11 to age 100. Growth slows substantially.
11-14; equivalent to 15.
15-20; equivalent to 16.
21-55; equivalent to 17.
56-80; equivalent to 18.
81-100; equivalent to 19.

Adult
Age 101 to 5,000.
101-200; equivalent to 25.
201-400; equivalent to 30.
401-500; equivalent to 35.
501-700; equivalent to 40.
701-900; equivalent to 45.
901-5,000; equivalent to 50.

Ancient
Age 5,001 on.

5,001-10,000; equivalent to 60.
10,001-20,000; equivalent to 70.
20,001-30,000; equivalent to 80.
30,001-50,000; equivalent to 90

50,001-5,000,000; damn frickin old

Dragons age very quickly in the beginning, much like elves, but age slower and slower as they get older.  As dragons reach the last two decades of their life, they begin to get weaker and stop growing altogether  It isn’t known why this happens but upon reaching the last two decades of their life, they enter the Twilight stage of their growth which they remain in until death.  Some dragons may go from full on healthy to death the next morning and some may enter the Twilight a century before their ancient years. 

Primary Gestation:: Eggs are laid after 18 months and hatch 35 days later.  

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:: kit
4-7 years:: cub
8-50 years:: adolescent
51-500 years:: young adult
501-1,200 years:: adult
1,201-5,000 years:: elder
5,001+ years:: ancient

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

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
10,001+ 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
10,001+ 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
101-1,400 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

Basilisk:

0-1 years:: hatchling
2-5 years:: fledgling
6-15 years:: adolescent
16-30 years:: young adult
31-75 years:: adult
76-90 years:: elder

Basilisks age fairly normally, though they reach old age somewhat slowly. Their average lifespan is 80 to 90 years of age.

Primary Gestation:: Eggs laid 20 days after conception; eggs hatch 90 days later.

Spiritbeast:

0-2 years:: hatchling
3-5 years:: fledgling
6-50 years:: adolescent
51-400 years:: young adult
401-5,000 years:: adult
5,001+:: elder

All spiritbeasts are immortal. All variants are prone to appearing young well past their prime; elders are exceptionally hard to spot.

Primary Gestation:: 80-day gestation period

Rathar

0-2 months:: whelp
3 months – 2 years:: puppy
3-5 years:: adolescent
6-15 years:: young adult
16-250 years:: adult
251-2,000 years:: elder

A species that ages much like the Kamime. However, they may fall into a period of ‘hibernation’ for up to a thousand years.

Primary Gestation:: 55-day gestation period.

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

Minotaur

0-3 years:: infant
4-10 years:: child
11-18 years:: adolescent
19-30 years:: young adult
31-250 years:: adult
251-300 years:: elder

Minotaurs age at a similar rate to humans, but it takes them longer to reach true old age. They live, on average, 300 years.

Primary Gestation:: 280-day gestation period.

Manticore

0-3 months:: newborn cub
4 months-3 years:: cub
4-15 years:: adolescent
16-120 years:: young adult
121-600 years:: adult
600-800 years:: elder

Manticore age relatively swiftly until they reach young adulthood, upon which they tend to age much more slowly. They live, on average, 800 years.

Primary Gestation:: 120-day gestation period.

Behemoth

0-2 years:: infant
3-10 years:: child
11-20 years:: adolescent
21-40 years:: young adult
41-700 years:: adult
701-1000 years:: elder

Primary Gestation:: 230-day gestation

  • 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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