I’m under the impression that one unlocks the ability to use the first mind, depending on genetics and gift, from around 8 to 21-ish, in that range I guess.
Is this true?
And if so, if anyone knows just how much magic training slows one’s aging;
One of my OCs was quite gifted, so they unlocked the ability to use their first mind, Shadow, at about age 13. How long would it take them to reach the physical age of 18 if they trained their magic every day? 40-50 years?
When people say aging in fiction, I believe they are usually referring to senescence (not cellular senescence), which is just the gradual breakdown of functions and operations in the human body. Skin pruning, eye sight deteriorating, bones weakening - all of these are symptoms of the breakdown of the body.
That’s not the same thing as the life cycle of a human. Even if you weakened bodily breakdown, you’d still reach puberty at about the same age and start developing into an adult human being at the same age. The only difference, at least I assume, is that you reach adolescence and do not break down any further - so no getting old. I don’t think it should change the amount of time taken to become an adult.
Puberty is triggered by hormonal changes in the body. It’s not really a result of deterioration. It’s like a caterpillar becoming a pupa and then a butterfly. It’s not doing it because it’s deteriorating.
But who fucking knows really, I don’t study Biology. I’m probably at least 70% right though, depends on what Vetex and/or a more knowledgeable person says later.
As far as I’m aware, magic does not slow your aging to your prime, but definitely has some effects afterwards. Curses for example have a person age normally until their prime if they are younger than their prime, and cease aging entirely if they are past their prime.