Can an Undead Servitor act after it's controller is dead?
EDIT: (Note that this is not 'act as a sentient creature capable of making it's own choices of action' but 'act' as in 'perform actions'.)
F. Randall Farmer pointed out a potential flaw in my cunning self-resurrection plan from the Can an Undead Servitor use a Ritual Scroll? question.
You imbue a humanoid corpse of natural origin and Medium or smaller size with the ability to move under its own power and an understanding of one language of your choice. It has speed 6 and Strength 16, never tires, and obeys you at all times. The undead servitor is a noncombatant. When forced onto an active battlefield, treat the servitor as an allied minion (1 hit point, never damaged on a missed attack) with all defenses of 11. It acts just after you do and never makes attacks. You cannot have more than one undead servitor at a time from different performances of this ritual. If you attempt to create a second servitor, that ritual fails without component expenditure.
The argument was that, as it acts after you do, if you can't act (due to being dead or unconscious) neither can it, even if you have given it orders to be triggered on your demise.
Is this correct?
EDIT - There is perhaps some confusion as to what I am getting at with this question, so here is a scenario to make it clear.
A wizard, just about to die, tells his servitor to carry his corpse to his pre-prepared tomb once he has expired.
He also tells it that once it has finished this, it must dust his tower to make it presentable.
Finally he tells it that when it has finished dusting (each surface once, no endless tasks here), it must obey any and all orders given to it by the wizard's heir.
The wizard then dies.
To break down the instructions:
- Wait until my death, then do this.
- When 1. completes, do this.
- When 2. completes, accept further instructions.
If 1. is not performed, it means active commands are cancelled upon the death of the person who ordered them. If 1. is performed, but 2. is not, then the servitor is capable of fulfilling a single command that applies after it's creator's death, but cannot have further instructions become active after this point. This would be arbitrary. If 1. and 2. are performed, but 3. is not, a servitor cannot obey an order to obey orders, which is nonsense.