With age, a character’s physical ability scores decrease and his or her mental ability scores increase. 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 or her maximum age, which is the Venerable age plus the result of the dice roll on the Maximum Age, and records the result, which the player does not know. A character who reaches his or her maximum age dies of old age at some time during the following year.
As a character ages is more prone to injuries. Using performance enhancers and certain life styles might reduce the life span. Characters after Old age are usually not active in the ring due to their limited abilities.