Age plays an important role in two parts of Wurm:
When it comes to trees, age plays an important role in the yield of wood you will get from it. The age of a tree is: young, mature, old, very old, overaged, and shriveled. To examine the age of a tree, right-click the tile the tree is on and examine it. The age will show up in the event window.
Cutting down a young, mature, or old and shriveled tree will yield a very low amount of wood and will be a waste of a tree. The optimum time to cut down a tree is when is is old, very old, or overaged, with overaged yielding the most wood. Some overaged trees can be pruned to return them to very old status but still yield a high amount of wood. Shriveled trees are lost and will yield very low useful wood and cannot be pruned to maintain a useful age.
When it comes to the ages of creatures, the ages are: young, adolescent, mature, aged, old, and venerable. Creatures take several Wurm months to reach the venerable stage. They will eventually die of old age, but most species have extremely long lifespans. One huge spider was observed alive after over six months of real time.
The following table shows a good estimate of each stage's duration, based on some research and testing for horses, but could well be applicable for all creature types.
|Age||Real life days||Wurm weeks||Wurm months|
|Young (foal)||3 days||4 weeks||1 months|
|Adolescent (foal)||10.5 days||12 weeks||3 months|
|Young||7 days||8 weeks||2 months|
|Adolescent||17.5 days||20 weeks||5 months|
|Mature||14 days||16 weeks||4 months|
|Aged||63 days||72 weeks||18 months|
|Old||35 days||40 weeks||10 months|
|Venerable||48-365 days||350-2920 weeks||80-671 months|
Creature age affects its size and running speed, and older animals will have increased fighting capabilities. Aged animals have been reported to be the fastest around, especially aged huge spiders; anything younger or older will be slower than aged.
- Foals on PvP servers age a lot faster
- A cared-for animal will live longer on its final age stage than one that is not cared-for.
- Farming, where age is represented in different stages of crop growth