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The title says it all : what is the life expectation of an alynx ? Is there any indication somewhere ?

Very important concern here, that's a genealogy issue !

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19 minutes ago, kirinyaga said:

what is the life expectation of an alynx ?

Since they are basically lynx/bobcats, I'd use that.  I think wild American lynx are 13+ years (so really not much different from a cat).

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Note FWIW that "bobcat/lynx" has a LOT of variation.  Bobcat is the smallest, with adult females in the Southwest often under 10lbs (housecat size) and adult males in the Northeast sometimes over 40lbs (size of a small mountain lion!), and Eurasian lynx in the Caucasus and in Siberia approaching 100lbs!!!

Some wild populations average less than a decade of life expectancy, but ages approaching 30 are known in captivity.

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"MGF" clearly makes this answer be "whatever's the most fun."

I would -- as a GM -- happily either fiat the "fact" that an allied-spirit gives vastly-extended lifespan, or run an occasional "quest for a new host-body" adventure... depending 100% on the players' tastes (n.b. all the players). 

Maybe the RuneLevel & their allied spirit  want  to regularly go find an "upgraded" body -- new, young, strong, maybe even some inherent magic.  Or maybe "fun" is just to handwave this -- "Oh, yeah, Velvetpaw got a new young body a couple of seasons ago... I sometimes stop by the temple and give his old shadowcat some scritches, and a sachet of catnip; but mostly he just likes to lay in the sun and occasionally hunt the extra-fat extra-slow mice they have there."

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The bound spirit's lifetime certainly will be extended beyond its natural life-span. Otherwise Chalana Arroyans with Butterfly allies will be constantly re-summoning their allied spirits, and where to get butterflies in the middle of winter?

(Does Genertela have an equivalent of the Monarch butterfly migration, and where would they spend their winters?)

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21 hours ago, kirinyaga said:

hmmm, does an allied spirit body ages at the same rate than its lord/priest then ? Because that's very short.

There is some mention somewhere in the main books that when an allied spirit's animal host becomes too old, the community/temple/whatever usually has prepared and groomed another animal to transfer the spirit into (after some fancy ceremony). So even if the spirit extends the host's lifespan somehow (I would allow it), it may or may not matter too much if you can work in there that "this is the 3rd alynx in a row to house this spirit"...

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