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Is there any method for a creature to destroy a soul, such that it is utterly wiped from the multiverse? No afterlife, no wall of the faithless etc etc

I was thinking about the nature of the multiverse and afterlives and it occurred to me that having an eternal soul is possibly one of the worst fates possible.

When gods die what happens to souls that exist in their heavens, hells, planes etc?

I guess their either swooped up by whichever god killed them, left to rot in the corpse of a dead deity or float around the astral sea until they eventually reach the fugue plane and join the wall / go insane.

So one could probably say there is a good chance that every soul that ever lived will eventually be abandoned / end up on the wall. And likely in between that time their souls will be juggled around by random gods being put in whatever heaven or hells in between.

If my character realised such an eventuality, or at least believed in it, what method could they take to ensure the destruction of their soul?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Will you accept answers that contain spoilers to published adventures? \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Sep 20 '18 at 16:59
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  • \$\begingroup\$ @KorvinStarmast Oh good point! I'll link it to my DM to make sure I don't spoil myself by accident. \$\endgroup\$ – user3161729 Sep 20 '18 at 17:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ You could go the lich way and conserve it into a soulgem - or let it be trapped somewhere to not come back - not really destroyed that way though \$\endgroup\$ – Patrick Artner Apr 30 at 19:47
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Get a barghest to eat you1

This is probably the easiest solution, since barghest will attempt to consume goblinoid leaders. Simply pose as one using a spell like alter self and you can easily attract the attention of a barghest.

The section on the barghest in Volo's Guide to Monsters (p. 123) states

Soul Feeding

A barghest can feed on the corpse of a humanoid that it killed that has been dead for less than 10 minutes, devouring both flesh and soul in doing so...

Once a creature’s soul is digested,... no mortal magic can return that humanoid to life.

1: credit to guildsbounty for the mention in the comments

Ask a lich if (s)he'll consume your soul for you

The section on the lich in the Monster Manual (p. 203) states:

Soul Sacrifices. A lich must periodically feed souls to its phylactery to sustain the magic preserving its body and consciousness. It does this using the imprisonment spell. Instead of choosing one of the normal options of the spell, the lich uses the spell to magically trap the target’s body and soul inside its phylactery. [...] A creature imprisoned in the phylactery for 24 hours is consumed and destroyed utterly, whereupon nothing short of divine intervention can restore it to life.

While Divine Intervention could still save you, I'm not sure you'll find an option that circumvents Divine Intervention other than Divine Intervention itself or wish (both below).

The typical options

The 9th level wish spell can do almost anything with GM permission:

You might be able to achieve something beyond the scope of the above examples. State your wish to the DM as precisely as possible. The DM has great latitude in ruling what occurs in such an instance, the greater the wish, the greater the likelihood that something goes wrong.

The cleric's Divine Intervention feature might work as well:

Imploring your deity's aid requires you to use your action. Describe the assistance you seek, and roll percentile dice. If you roll a number equal to or lower than your cleric level, your deity intervenes. The DM chooses the nature of the intervention

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    \$\begingroup\$ @guildsbounty Cast Alter Self to look a little tastier for that Barghest, or get somebody to Polymorph you if you're not a caster yourself \$\endgroup\$ – Punintended Sep 20 '18 at 18:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ get sucked into the Soulmonger might be the easiest way, given that you are alive and suicidal during that period. Also, suicidal doesn't quite cover this, does it? Soulicidal? \$\endgroup\$ – Destruktor Sep 21 '18 at 3:08
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Get a Hexblade to turn them into a specter. Kill the specter. The MM seems clear on the subject and it’s a fun alternate use of the 6th LV Hexblade ability.

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    \$\begingroup\$ This is an interesting method - but can you please add the rules citations and quotes to support the steps? Welcome to the stack, and please take our tour. \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Apr 30 at 17:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ Related Q&A are here and there \$\endgroup\$ – KorvinStarmast Apr 30 at 18:33

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