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I am wondering if they are similar to demons, in that when they are slain on the prime material plane they are banished back to their own plane instead of dying permanently?

Of course excluding the Time of Troubles, in which presumably Deities where prevented from returning to their planes by Ao.

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Deities basically never come to the Material Plane. When they do, it has huge ramifications for that plane as well as for the Outer Planes, and that tends to cause lots of problems and anger all the other deities.

Instead, they send avatars to the Material Plane—and even that is quite rare, because even that still causes a lot of trouble. Most of the stats for “gods” in the books really are for their avatars. You can even find different stats for the same deity in different books, because really both are just avatars.

Slaying an avatar, anywhere, probably disrupts a deity’s plans for that avatar, and it takes the deity a year to make another one. It definitely does not result in the deity’s actual death.

In the case that a deity is actually physically present in the Material Plane (or anywhere else, for that matter), then death does mean death. Or, at least, nothing seems to say it doesn’t—deities are outsiders, outsiders can die, ergo death. Deities & Demigods does suggest that when making your own pantheons, it is up to you to decide whether or not gods can actually die, but we know that D&D gods usually can die so that would only apply to custom settings.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Where can this information be located? Or is this just common knowledge? \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Oct 12 '17 at 16:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ @HeyICanChan Divne Rules ->Divine Abilities and Feats->Avatars \$\endgroup\$ – Wyrmwood Oct 12 '17 at 16:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ There's also proxies and divine minions in the divine rules and aspects were introduced in the Miniatures Handbook. However, they all are similar in that they might take some resources from the deity if they are killed, but have no permanent impact on them. \$\endgroup\$ – Wyrmwood Oct 12 '17 at 16:56

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