Age is a bit more fluid than back on Earth-that-was. The average human lifespan is 120 years.1
A man nearly fifty may appear and operate as though in his early- to mid-thirties (e.g. Malcolm Reynolds, b. 2468 but still appearing thirtysomething in 2517). While chronological age is still important in determining a character's background, apparent age and functional age are not wholly dictated by chronological age.Chronological age
may determine a character's opportunities for certain life experiences (extensive formal education, military service in wartime, long-term relationships gone sour), but doesn't dictate a character's apparent age nor functional age. Apparent age
is physiological or physical age, i.e. how old a character appears and how well his or her body performs as compared to standards. Functional age
is psychological age. For most characters, apparent age and functional age will be roughly in sync.
Events in spacewestern
will commence ca. 2517. Here's some NPC examples of age:
1 Serenity: The Official Visual Companion
- Zacharias was born in 2457, making him chronologically 54 during the Battle of Serenity Valley (2511), but apparently and functionally in his late thirties. By 2517, Doc B is chronologically 58 but appears and functions around age 43.
- Heinrich was born in 2492, making him 25 on all accounts in 2517.
- Captain Brannon was born in 2481, making her chronologically 36 in 2517, but she appears in her mid-twenties and functions comparatively.
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