At what age do the jedi's die?

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  1. Darth_Dreysta Jedi Master

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    I was just wondering.. in the whole saga, i havent really seen anyone dying of old age except for yoda in esb. How much longer do the jedis lasy (in years) than the normal humans or other creatures. And is it the same for all jedi or just the stronger ones?
  2. Darth-Seldon Force Ghost

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    I don't think there is one general trend.
    Yoda lives to be so old because of his species, not his powers.
    I think they die about the same time as others of their species, providing they are not killed on the job.

    -Seldon
  3. severian28 Force Ghost

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    I dont think its so much a matter of being a Jedi as it is what species the Jedi might be, as Seldon already pointed out. Theres nothing to indicate that a human Jedi will have a longer life than a regular human in the GFFA. On the contrary theres some proof, indicated in a wonderful performance by Alec Guiness in ANH and Yoda in a metaphorical way throughout the entire Saga, that Jedi do age, are affected by aging, and eventually die like everyone else.
  4. Reverend_Duck Jedi Knight

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    According to the Star Wars RPG, Jedi live a bit longer than other members of their species.
  5. Chaotic_Serenity Jedi Master

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    Whenever Darth Vader gets to them. ;)

    Seriously? Forgoing unnatural or violent death, I think Force users tend to live a bit longer and age slightly slower physically than your average individual. As to actual length of that extended life, I think it depends on the amount of force ability of person, the strength of their will, and the all important factor of their species characteristic lifespans. In in the EU, for example, there's a human character in COTP who is hundreds of years old. While her body is almost wasted away, her spirit keeps burning strong.

    Honestly, as active and dangerous as Jedi living seems to be, I can't imagine many of them live long enough to die naturally.
  6. orangefuzz Jedi Master

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    I always viewed elongating one's life as a more dark side thing to do. It fits into what Lucas says about change and accepting change and not trying to cheat the fundamental laws of life. I think Yoda was so old because of his species, not because of the Force.
  7. sith_willdestroyall Jedi Youngling

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    well the power of the force helps the life span a little but the again look at yoda he live long cuz the force and his species
  8. Chaotic_Serenity Jedi Master

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    I don't think it's an active lifespan extension. I just think that a Jedi's increased spiritual energy carries over to keep their bodies healthier and operating for longer. More like a natural aging process than anything unnaturally extended. Guys like Palpatine, who likely used the Force to keep them alive well past their time, are what I'd consider using the Force in a dark side manner to increase a life span.
  9. orangefuzz Jedi Master

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    I suppose it's possible that being a Jedi or Force-sensitive could just automatically give you a bit more longevity. It's when you start focusing your power in order to live longer that it gets into dark side stuff.
  10. Shadowen Jedi Youngling

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    To further the duck's claims, in the RPG, Jedi (and IMHO, any Force-user of sufficient power and wisdom who isn't Dark) can live "twice as [long] or more than a typical member of [the] species".
  11. ZebulaNebula Force Ghost

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    Does this involve simply having a greater lifespan, or does one age slower as well? For instance, Mace Windu looks thirty-ish in TPM, but I doubt he made the rank of Master so young. Also, Qui-gon looks to be in his forties at that same time, yet he's stated as being older than that by over twenty years on multiple occasions. It'd be cool if Jedi retained their youthful vigor into their fifties. Also, if they age slower, does this affect issues linked to, but not wholly dependant on, aging, such as weight gain?
  12. orangefuzz Jedi Master

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    Actually Qui-Gon is around 60 years old at the time of TPM, so maybe that is why he looks more youthfull. But then again Padme is supposed to be 14 and I still have little bit of a hard time believing that.
  13. ZebulaNebula Force Ghost

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    If he's in his early sixties, it's a little more believable. "Only" fifteen years older than he looks (45). As for Padme, who knows.
  14. Shadowen Jedi Youngling

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    Also, Mace is more a product of modern makeup and the fact that sam Jackson had all his hair (except his eyebrows) shaved for the part.
  15. Chaotic_Serenity Jedi Master

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    Additionally, with Mace, in my experience, African Americans don't show age as quickly as others do. I remember having a comp science teacher assistant in my one database class in high school whom I thought was early twenties, but was later shocked to learn that he was well into his thirties, had a family, etc, etc. No, obviously, this isn't to say it applies to *all* blacks, but it is a trend I've noticed in most of the teachers and kids I went to school with who were.

    Well, Padme being 14 I can believe, only because when I was high school, I had quite a few friends who, at that age, already look like older teenagers - my one friend was even commonly mistaken to be in her twenties. They really dress her down to look young in certain parts of TPM, and, obviously, then dress her up to look older in others. What gets me are people who claim she looks too young in AOTC - what? She's 24. She looks exactly the way she should. o_0
  16. AlrikFassbauer Jedi Master

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    I believe that the "Light Side" of the Force supports life, and the Dark Side consumes it. That's why the Emperor looks like he did in ROTJ. I vaguely remember (or believe to remember) that this is indeed the way George Lucas has intended it to be so.

    Therefore, Jedi, that's what I think , live much longer than "normal" individuals, and Sith should live much shorter - at least without some obscure dark rituals draining energy from something or someoone else, or without clone bodies.

    That's my opinion.
  17. DarkSinister Jedi Padawan

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    I didn't really see other Jedi's die in an old age, I think that other Jedi's die just like humans, but, others can live like about 1,000 years.
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