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What's the average human lifespan in SW?

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What's the average human lifespan in SW?

Dire-Wolf's Avatar

02.14.2012 , 10:36 PM | #1
I'm more curious what the average is for humans in TOR time but if anyone knows what it is in the prequel/OT setting I'd be interested to hear that as well.

Playing through TOR I've noticed something odd when it comes to how old people are. You've got characters who have managed to keep themselves alive for hundreds of years through either technology or the force and no one thinks that's strange but then you have heaps of characters who seem to age and die at the same rate as people do in real life.

For example you have some characters from KoTOR or who were alive during KoTOR still around but other characters from the game have since passed on.

I'm just trying to get the timeline all set right in my mind and it would help if I knew what the average lifespan was and whether or not those that live into their hundreds or even thousands are an oddity or not, ignoring some form of stasis that has extended their lives.

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02.14.2012 , 11:26 PM | #2
From what I've seen, maybe about 140 or so is considered a good long life.
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02.15.2012 , 12:10 AM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by tausra View Post
From what I've seen, maybe about 140 or so is considered a good long life.
I agree here, being 100+ years old just by a healthy lifestyle alone is fairly average in the Star Wars universe. Due to that it shouldn't be too unusual if folks that have implants and/or cybernetics or powerful force users have their life extended even further. Besides, with so many long lived alien species, I don't think humans really care if one of their kind manages to beat the actuary tables.
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02.15.2012 , 01:37 AM | #4
100-140 seems the norm of a normal human's lifespan.

Of course, several things factor into that...

Hyperspace travel (Excessive Hyperspace travel can 'add' a few years to a being's lifespan, but it needs to be... Excessive, such as shipping/cargo transport and stuff where one spends a LOT of time in hyperspace. Relativity shielding isn't 100% perfect after all.)

Cybernetics, advanced medicine, genetic engineering. Darth Vader, with his cybernetics could have probably pushed past the 140 barrier considering he was mostly machine with very few organic systems to fail. Likewise, people with cybernetic organs (Heart being a major one) probably lived a few decades longer than others. Medicine also helps keep away all the potentially lethal infections that old age can't fight off... And genetic engineering is somewhat cheating a little.

We've seen people like Boba Fett survive to live long lives despite constant fighting. Fett as of 'current' has a cloned lower leg and has survived EXTENSIVE cancer treatment in direct result from his altered metabolism in the Sarlac, a bone marrow transplant to avoid death by clone degredation AND an antidote to survive Darth Caedus' 'Fett nanovirus' released on Mandalore. He's still alive... And about 76 years old. He figures he has about 30 left in him.

As long as people aren't cut down by whatever's going on in the galaxy... They seem to have fairly long lives. Certainly long enough to remember the clone wars, the days of the empire, the days following the rebel's wins against the death star and it's second incarnation, the Vong invasion, Dark Nest crisis and even the rise and fall of Darth Caedus depending on when they were born.