I'm setting up the Big Bad for my D&D campaign, and for the setup to work the players need to believe that one of their trusted allies and mentor is has been killed, because this trusted ally is actually the Big Bad.
So my solution is that the Big Bad creates a clone body of herself using the 8th level Necromancy spell "Clone". The spell description doesn't say anything about removing the clone body from the vessel in which it was grown, so I'm assuming that if she was to do that, the clone would basically just be a soulless meat copy of herself.
I guess I want to know if there are any rules that contradict this scenario. Can the clone just be taken out of the vessel and used as a "fake body" with no repercussions on the person who was cloned?
NOTE: the players are 1st level and don't have access to any magic that could be used to speak with dead, or otherwise interact with the dead clone body.