In the situation where you have a currently mature clone from the Clone spell, die, transfer to your clone, and then manage to go back and recover your previous body, is that body potentially a candidate for becoming an undead minion, such as with the Create Undead spell?


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You should be able to raise your own, other, body.

Clone only states that your other body is "inert and cannot be brought back to life", not that it is no longer a corpse.

The requirement for Create Undead?

You can cast this spell only at night. Choose up to three corpses of Medium or Small humanoids within range. Each corpse becomes a ghoul under your control.

So, our checklist looks something like this:

  • 6th level spell slot? [check]
  • one corpse? [check]

You are the proud new owner of a screaming, howling, baby clone ghoul abomination.

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    \$\begingroup\$ ...that looks like an older version of yourself. \$\endgroup\$
    – 0xFFF1
    May 31, 2018 at 17:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ Is it appropriate to give out cigars in a case like this? \$\endgroup\$ May 31, 2018 at 19:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast Fire bad! \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    May 31, 2018 at 19:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ @NautArch That movie is a gold mine of relatable quotes/vignettes. \$\endgroup\$ May 31, 2018 at 19:18

Disturbingly possible

When your soul leaves your body to go into the Clone, the following happens to the original (emphasis mine):

The original creature's physical remains, if they still exist, become inert and can't thereafter be restored to life, since the creature's soul is elsewhere.

Create Undead simply states:

Choose up to three corpses of Medium or Small humanoids within range.

Create Undead is not restoring life, it is creating undead. Undead does not equate to alive (as restore to life generally is referring to Revivify, Resurrect, etc.)

In this case, you may visit your old body and make it a Ghoul.

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    \$\begingroup\$ You can even name it after a movie star ... for example, Elliot Ghoul(d) \$\endgroup\$ May 31, 2018 at 19:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ Somehow, I still suspect that "become inert" means "become something other than a corpse", because a corpse isn't something that is normally inert. \$\endgroup\$ May 31, 2018 at 21:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RobertColumbia Really? The corpses I make are all inert. What am I doing wrong? \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    May 31, 2018 at 21:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RobertColumbia I believe that inert most certainly does not mean corpse here. Inert means chemically inactive. Corpses are chemically active (they decompose), so I think you are left with a perfectly preserved object that looks like a corpse, but isn't. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael W.
    Jun 1, 2018 at 15:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ @RobertColumbia Inert means chemically inactive in the field of chemistry. In other contexts, it has other meanings: A person on the verge of death due to starvation would be inert, for example, if they lacked the strength to move. Since the clone spell doesn't otherwise reference chemistry, I'm not convinced that the chemistry definition of the word is the one being used here. \$\endgroup\$
    – GMJoe
    Jun 2, 2018 at 11:07

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