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Does Mind Blank provide protection from Turn Undead?

If an undead character is under the effect of a Mind Blank spell, does the spell's effect offer protection against being forced to cower or flee from a turn-undead effect?
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Is there any information on cities where most of the citizens are undead?

In Open Grave it says: Other places, such as the city of Eredu, take a more proactive approach. In Eredu, undead that want to be citizens must submit to a process of authorization to gain ...
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Techniques for making undead scary again

Undead used to be scary things: dead, rotting bodies seeking to devour all life, outnumbering their foes, and replacing their fallen with slain enemies. But nowadays players see them and think ...
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If undead exist, why do cemeteries exist & cremation not a standard?

I have less fingers than the nr of cemeteries I cleared in campaigns of various scenarios and game mechanics. I find time and time again cemeteries crawling with undead. Either graves or crypts. I ...
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Does a character keep their class levels when changing in to a ghoul/ghast?

When someone dies from Ghoul fever, and they are a 6th level fighter, do they turn in to a Ghast with 6 levels of fighter? Or do they just become a 6HD ghast? I know the answer to this in D&D 3.5, ...
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Barbarian Revenant Half-Orc: How to roleplay

Introduction We have been playing 4e D&D for a while now. First we started with 3.5e skills but recently incorporated Burning Wheel style skills because we wanted more role-playing possibilities ...
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Can a cleric turn an undead swarm?

I ran into a monster that I'm thinking of using next session. It's the scarab swarm from the Sandstorm Book. The creature's entry reads the following type: SCARAB SWARM, DEATH Diminutive Undead ...
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Transforming Turn Undead into something understandable to the players

I've always had problems with the encounter that include clerics and undead due to my difficulty explaining how it works - describing what exactly the cleric does and how the undead react to the ...
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Good Undead Templates for a (good aligned) Rogue character

In my current campaign, I am planning to transform one of my players (a rogue) into an undead player. I talked with him and both of us thinks that would be different and fun for the game. Now, I am ...
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How can a Paladin create an Army of Undead?

I'm a Dungeon Master in D&D 4e. We've played since the first adventure. Now my players are level 21 and plots are very deep. A character started with a Vriloka paladin, his father killed his ...
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Is the blinding effect of Glitterdust effective on mindless undead?

We have just started a new pure Pathfinder campaign and I'm playing a Witch, one of only two arcane casters in the party (the other is a knowledge-based Bard). It looks like the campaign might involve ...
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Touch Attack Spells vs Incorporeal Creatures

Is it possible to hit an incorporeal creature with a spell that requires a melee touch attack without the use of any magical ability that allows one to make contact with incorporeal beings? Put ...
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In Pathfinder bloody skeletons are permanently destroyed in an area of a Bless?

The skeleton variant bloody skeleton has the special quality Deathless: Deathless (Su): A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points, but it returns to unlife 1 hour later at 1 ...
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Constitution drain, energy drain, dominating gaze - but incapable of crossing running water?

I'm interested in when this constraint from vampire lore was first integrated into Dungeons and Dragons mechanics: has it been there since the first D&D vampire? Vampires are... unable to ...
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How does resurrecting destroyed undead affect their level progression?

While answering this question it brought up this current situation. I thought I had seen this answered here before but I can't find it anywhere. How does casting "Resurrection" on a destroyed ...
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Can an undead cleric resurrect himself?

Inspired by the current OOTS story thread, I was trying to think my way around a resolution for the situation and wondered: Would it be valid for an undead cleric to cast resurrect on himself?
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Do undead benefit from magic items?

Could an undead in 3.5e D&D such as a skeleton benefit from wearing magic items like rings of protection?
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How is HD determined in Animate Dead?

I have a dread necromancer playing in my game and I've been wondering if we're interpreting the Animate Dead spell correctly. Since the player isn't one to review the rules of spells herself, I've ...
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Stacking Turn Resistance

Does Turn Resistance from different sources stack? Typed bonuses do not stack, however, turn resistance doesn't specify a type. So, if an undead gets a multiple bonuses to turn resistance do they ...
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Do PCs retain memories of undeath once resurrected?

If an NPC has been turned undead and later destroyed/resurrected, do they retain the memory of being undead? Specifically the actions they took part in against the PCs? But also any details to the ...
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How do I turn a NPC undead in a way that maintains all their abilities, feats, etc.?

I have an upper level NPC druid that I plan on killing and then making undead, along with his animal companion. Do the rules allow the undead animal companion in this situation? (If so does it ...
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Can a lich be controlled by control undead?

If it is possible, which to me just does not seem at all fair to a lich, are there ways to avoid this silly little thing? If you have the feat or spell and the lich rolls badly, he is essentially ...
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Does an attack with Psionic Weapon Feat inflict extra damage to undead?

In the Expanded Psionic Handbook there's a feat (Psionic Weapon) that allows a character to expend his psionic focus before making an attack so that if he hits there is extra damage. The kind of ...
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Does a potion of healing hurt undead?

The other night one of my players thought it a good idea to throw a potion of healing at the undead skeletal mage. Her idea was that the potion would harm undead. A creative idea and I said go ahead, ...
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Can an Undead Servitor act after its controller is dead? [closed]

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'.) ...
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Can an Undead Servitor use a Ritual scroll?

Can an Undead Servitor use a ritual scroll? Undead Servitor The corpse shudders, then clambers to its feet. At your direction, it shoulders your gear and lumbers after you. Component Cost: ...
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Is it possible for a LG paladin to adventure with a N wizard that practices necromancy, using the undead for good?

I was playing with the idea of my N wizard starting to dabble in animating dead, but there is a conflict because of my LG paladin. I'm in the school of thought that mindless undead such as skeletons ...
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Is it possible to inscribe Undead Ward on an item?

Is it possible to inscribe Undead Ward on an item, and if so what would the effect actually be? For example, inscribing it along the edge of a shield, around a belt, or around the outside of a helmet ...
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How do the rules that govern a Cleric's Turn Undead ability vary among D&D editions?

I would like to know how the rules for the Cleric's Turn Undead ability have changed between D&D editions. I don't own or have access to all the rule books for the various editions, so I'm curious ...
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How do you make a vampire cleric stay dead?

In our current D&D 3.5 campaign we have made enemies with powerful drow vampire clerics. They have an annoying habit of resurrecting as their god is one who brings people back from the dead to ...
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If an attack that has different effects for living and undead creatures is used on a revenant, what would happen?

I'm talking specifically about spirit rend which for a hit goes: 3d6+ intelligence modifier damage(save ends). If the target is undead, it takes no damage and is not immobilized. Instead, the target ...
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Does an intelligent undead have a soul?

This is a question that arose when an evil cleric PC cast Create Undead on someone (who was dead at the time and was never an undead before) and then commanded (as in, he used his Command Undead class ...
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What happens when an undead character is “Taken Out”

I tried finding this in the books, but I couldn't figure anything out. If you have an undead character, what happens when their physical stress track is filled and they don't take a consequence? Are ...
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Resources on undead and their creation [closed]

I'm searching for resources on the creation of undead and on undead in general, as I want to develop a new realm for my homebrew setting in which necromancy and magical-alchemical research on undead, ...