Ageing, in Fable and its sequels, is a game mechanic which lets the player become older.
In Fable and Fable: The Lost Chapters, the player begins as a child. During the Oakvale and Guild training sequences, the player will age as the plot progress. The Hero of Oakvale's age can be seen on the Statistics screen.
After the completion of the Guild training the player's age is mostly in the hands of the player. Each time a skill is increased, the player's age will also increase (0.7 years per skill increased). Ageing stops at 65 years old.
The player may reverse 10 years of ageing by donating a large sum of gold to the Temple of Avo and another ten by sacrificing people at the Chapel of Skorm. By using the "Hero Save" during certain quests, the player can exploit the ageing reversal.
Fable II Edit
In Fable II, ageing doesn't really seem to affect the Hero much. The major ageing difference is from childhood to adulthood. The next chance to age is by holding onto the Dark Seal, but you will change back to normal when you're done with the main quest. Ageing is also reversible by donating to the Temple of Light or sleeping at Castle Fairfax. Also after you return from the Spire the hero will have gone from being a young adult (presumably 18-25) to a more mature version, late twenties, early thirties. However, upon completing the game the Hero may age a bit more, with his/her hair turning a shade of grey. Sleeping in Castle Fairfax does not reverse this, but completing the Brightwood Tower quest once will still reverse the ageing.
Fable III Edit
Ageing virtually does not exist in Fable III. Considering the events of the game take place just over a year, the Hero shows no signs of ageing or stress related ageing, while taking on the responsibilities of being King/Queen. Although ageing is not shown throughout Fable III, it may occur during DLC, which was reported to continue the main story in episodes. While ageing in Fable III is non-existent, the player can use the dyes to change hair colour and wear old make-up to give the appearance of ageing. A hero who is evil and corrupt will look slightly aged but it does not affect hair colour.
- In the original Fable and Fable: The Lost Chapters, ageing was a very unpopular aspect of the game as players couldn't be both powerful and young. Additionally, the player frequently ended up appearing much older than his older sister and, bizarrely, just as old as his own mother. It is speculated that this is what lead to the reduction of ageing in the following games, to the point where the Hero suffers no noticeable ageing whatsoever in Fable III.