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Realistic Aging (3.5e Variant Rule)

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Realistic Aging Edit

In Dungeons and Dragons, there are multiple things wrong with aging. This variant rule serves to rectify those aspects.

1. 'venerable'
It is the opposite of the truth to refer to the state of extreme old age as 'venerable'. That shall be corrected, so that it is called 'decrepit'.

2. mental attributes
Giving +1 to all mental attributes (intelligence, wisdom, charisma) for middle-aged, old, and 'venerable'/decrepit characters does not reflect reality. The truth is that mental ability declines with age just as physical ability does. Therefore, the mental attributes shall have the same age-induced penalties as the physical attributes.


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