Most of you probably know that Glatorian can live VERY long lives. The Glatorian species anatomy is said to be somewhat comparable to humans, but even with Glatorian-human age ratios, their ages don’t seem to make sense. Let’s start by going back 265,000 years ago, when the Agori Lein died of natural causes. I will be calculating Glatorian ages to human years for better context.
BS01 states that, at this time, the Glatorian Surel and Certavus were “very young” at this time, placing them at about <1-6 years old. About 245,000 years later, Certavus dies of natural causes. Surel is still alive at the current point in the timeline but he is very old. Judging by average human life expectancy, Certavus would have been about 70 when he died and Surel is probably about 90 and probably nearing the end of his life. With this information, we see that Glatorian live between 245,000 and 265,000 years or an average of 255,000 years and so for about every 2,833 years that pass, a Glatorian ages 1 human year. Now lets go to the Core War, started between 103,000 and 100,000 years ago.
Surel had fought in the Core War and would have been about 58 years old. BS01 states that Gresh was born sometime before the Core War but was too young to participate. He is the only known Glatorian to be too young to have participated in the war. Of course different armies have had different age requirements throughout history, with Spartan children starting their training as young as 7 years old. For this case, though, I will be using the U.S. army as an example, for which you must be at least 17 to enlist. Assuming Gresh was <1-16 years old by the time the war ended and the Core War lasting between 1-3,000 years, Gresh would have been born between 142,662-100,000 years ago. However, this would mean that he would be between 35-50 years old at the current point in the timeline. Even if Gresh were on the younger side of this range, it seems strange that he would still be a rookie.
With Kiina, she’s always believed that there were other worlds out there with other inhabitants, making her other Glatorian/Agori peers think she’s crazy, making her sort of the equivalent of the alien-visitor conspiracy theorists in our own world… except, with the ratio in time that’s passed since the Great Spirit Robot (a literal planet-sized robot, let me remind you) took off from Spherus Magna, that would be like the same thing happening here on Earth in 1985 and no one remembering it in the 35 years that’s passed since then.
A lot of my calculations weren’t entirely accurate, with the life expectancy and whatnot, but I think they were still close enough to drive the point home. Greg has said they didn’t give them a specific age range so the the story team wouldn’t be backed into a corner, but it seems like that just ended up making other plot holes. It seems strange that SM inhabitants couldn’t have been given an average life expectancy (like say 500-800 years) and just saying the Great Beings had discovered immortality and then gave it to the Elemental Lords or something.