Vital Statistics

The following section determines a character's starting age, height, and weight. The character's race and class influence these statistics. Consult your GM before making a character that does not conform to these statistics.


Table: Random Starting Ages
Race Adulthood Barbarian,
Human 15 years
Dwarf 40 years
Elf 110 years
Gnome 40 years
Half-elf 20 years
Half-orc 14 years
Halfling 20 years

You can choose or randomly generate your character's age. If you choose it, it must be at least the minimum age for the character's race and class. Alternatively, roll the dice indicated for your class on the table and add the result to the minimum age of adulthood for your race to determine how old your character is.

With age, a character's physical ability scores decrease and his mental ability scores increase (see Aging Effects). The effects of each aging step are cumulative. However, none of a character's ability scores can be reduced below 1 in this way.

When a character reaches venerable age, secretly roll his maximum age and record the result, which the player does not know. A character who reaches his maximum age dies of old age sometime during the following year.

The maximum ages are for player characters. Most people in the world at large die from pestilence, accidents, infections, or violence before getting to venerable age.

Table: Aging Effects
Race Middle
Old2 Venerable3 Maximum
Human 35 years 53 years 70 years 70 + 2d20 years
Dwarf 125 years 188 years 250 years 250 + 2d% years
Elf 175 years 263 years 350 years 350 + 4d% years
Gnome 100 years 150 years 200 years 200 + 3d% years
Half-elf 62 years 93 years 125 years 125 + 3d20 years
Half-orc 30 years 45 years 60 years 60 + 2d10 years
Halfling 50 years 75 years 100 years 100 + 5d20 years
1 At middle age, –1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
2 At old age, –2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
3 At venerable age, –3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.

Height and Weight

Table: Random Height and Weight
Race Base
Modifier Weight
Human, male 4 ft. 10 in. 120 lbs. 2d10 x5 lbs.
Human, female 4 ft. 5 in. 85 lbs. 2d10 x5 lbs.
Dwarf, male 3 ft. 9 in. 150 lbs. 2d4 x7 lbs.
Dwarf, female 3 ft. 7 in. 120 lbs. 2d4 x7 lbs.
Elf, male 5 ft. 4 in. 100 lbs. 2d8 x3 lbs.
Elf, female 5 ft. 4 in. 90 lbs. 2d6 x3 lbs.
Gnome, male 3 ft. 0 in. 35 lbs. 2d4 x1 lb.
Gnome, female 2 ft. 10 in. 30 lbs. 2d4 x1 lb.
Half-elf, male 5 ft. 2 in. 110 lbs. 2d8 x5 lbs.
Half-elf, female 5 ft. 0 in. 90 lbs. 2d8 x5 lbs.
Half-orc, male 4 ft. 10 in. 150 lbs. 2d12 x7 lbs.
Half-orc, female 4 ft. 5 in. 110 lbs. 2d12 x7 lbs.
Halfling, male 2 ft. 8 in. 30 lbs. 2d4 x1 lb.
Halfling, female 2 ft. 6 in. 25 lbs. 2d4 x1 lb.

To determine a character's height, roll the modifier dice indicated on Random Height and Weight and add the result, in inches, to the base height for your character's race and gender. To determine a character's weight, multiply the result of the modifier dice by the weight multiplier and add the result to the base weight for your character's race and gender.