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The Disciples of Aldur have lived for multiple thousand years. Do they not die of age?

Why is it that the Rivan Kings died when their time came, but not their ancestors? What does it mean for Belgarion as he is both a sorcerer and a Rivan King?

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  • From memory, the Rivan Kings were not sorcerers, they were the protectors of the Orb of Aldur following Riva Iron Grips choice when escaping Cthol Mishrak. As for sorcerers, it seems that the practice of sorcery extends life indefinitely (Senji in the University of Mallorea is an example), or until the sorcerer becomes "bored" and wills himself to unexist. Don't have any references with me at the moment, hence this is a comment only
    – Alith
    Oct 9 '17 at 11:06
  • @Alith What about Belgarion? He definitely is a sorcerer, so one would assume he lives indefinitely, right?
    – Narusan
    Oct 9 '17 at 11:13
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    It's possible yes, in fact I think there was a pasage in the Belgariad that hinted at this, and the fact that Ce'Nedra (with her Dryad heritage) would also be long lived.
    – Alith
    Oct 9 '17 at 11:57
  • There is one in the malorean, in reference to the future number of daughters he will have. Whic Oct 9 '17 at 14:21
  • @GarretGang That’s somewhat cut off, the comment.
    – Narusan
    Oct 9 '17 at 14:45
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None of the kings of Riva (or united Aloria) before Belgarion were sorcerers. Riva Iron Grip and Beldaran were, neither one of them, sorcerers, despite Beldaran being descended from two (Belgarath and Poledra). The Prophecy didn't need them to be, so they weren't.

Eddings never really explores the timeline past the advent of Eriond and the birth of Polgara's twins. We have one hint, in the form of a citation from, The Lives of Belgarion the Great, which title suggests that Belgarion went on to do other things. We also know that his son is marked as a Keeper of the Orb, which would allow Belgarion and Ce'Nedra to eventually abdicate the throne in Prince Geran's stead. Whether Geran, Princess Beldaran, or any of the other daughters Belgarion and Ce'Nedra seem fated to have, turn out to be sorcerers was left unanswered.

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    +1 but "The Prophecy didn't need them to be, so they weren't" - we learn in the meeting with Senji that "even the gods themselves don't know how [the ability to do sorcery] arises", so although it might be that the Prophecies bestow sorcery ability, that's not in the text (iirc)
    – AakashM
    Oct 10 '17 at 13:29

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