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Old 01-08-2024, 10:41 PM   #21
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Default Re: ORICHALCUM UNIVERSE: VERANIS (Dyaxor A V) in 2123...

Originally Posted by warellis View Post
How long can half-Terrestrian/half-Vertarans live? Like what is the average lifespan assuming they live somewhere safe and nicely developed (assuming without the life extension treatments) and being healthy (i.e. keeping themselves healthy like not having a terrible diet, smoking, etc)?
A healthy Vertaran can expect to live about as long as a healthy Human, under similar conditions. The half-species offspring usually live similarly, though their mixed heritage is a benefit in some ways and a detriment in others. The halflings are slightly more vulnerable to cancer than either parent race, for ex, and some of them (but not all) inherit the Vertaran vulnerabilty to ionizing radiation. On the other hand, the halflings mixed heritage makes them less vulnerable to a number of parasites and diseases that are specialized to attack one parent race or the other, too.


And in places with this life-extension treatment, how long do people generally live? Like what is the average lifespan with the treatment?
On Earth in 2124, in the advanced nations like the USA/Argentina/Australia, China, or the Empire, the combination of health treatments, longevity drugs, and a number of other techniques adds an effective +2 to HT for most purposes*, gives an additional +2 to most disease resistance rolls, increases tissue regeneration (so wounds heal somewhat faster, but still not instantaneously) and slows (but does not stop) the aging process. The average life expectancy for a healthy male in 2124 in the advanced nations of Earth is about 120-130 years, females slightly longer (but not by much). The overall slowing of the process affects most aspects of aging.

To calculate the effects of aging for adults under those regimens, multiply their actual age in years by about 0.625. Thus a fifty year old would look, sound, act, and otherwise seem about 30 to us. A seventy year old seem to us (look, act, etc.) as if they were in their early 40s. Very late in life the retardation fails quickly, so the 'last year effect' is still real.

Initial maturation is barely affected, one still reaches sexual maturity in the teens, grows at the normal rate, is a physical adult in the late teens or very early 20s, just as now. The retardation is modest in the 20s and accelerates in the 30s, and holds for decades afterward.

One of the biotechnic treatments also results in extended ovulation, so menarche comes at the same time that it does now (or only fractionally later), but menopause comes proportionately later, in synch with the extended lifespan.

All these treatments are very, very expensive, but provided as part of the various national health care systems, (or at government expensive in the private health care systems, depending on the state) in the advanced nations (which is most of them in 2124). The Thakarians have their own versions of the technology, of course.

These techniques are not available widely on Veranis in 2124, however. Which is a major issue and potential source of trouble, since the locals, both educated Vertarans and (now) young Thakarian-descended Humans, know perfectly well that they exist, but don't usually have access to them.
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