Is it possible to cause an undead to just become dead without destroying or killing it? The magic that creates an undead are instantaneous (except for special case skeletal crew and possibly others, but focus is on create undead and animate dead) so dispel magic and antimagic field have no effect.

Say someone on the side of good wanted to free the body of someone that was turned into undead, say a loved one, member of their faith, .... Is there anyway for them to do so?

  • \$\begingroup\$ @ShadowKras They dont have to start living again, but returned to death in a ...peaceful? manner. \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Mar 22 at 2:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think @ShadowKras meant that the sentence seems wrong. "To become just dead" is maybe what you meant? Normal regular, old plain dead? Cause your sentence ask how to go from undead to undead. \$\endgroup\$ – Nyakouai Mar 22 at 12:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ I guess when I was typing out the question I made a mistake when I meant to put down un-dead. But the fix is sufficient to clear it up \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Mar 22 at 12:44

It is not possible

I searched through many spells, magic items and monster special abilities, yet, the only way to make a soul depart from the body also mentions the words killing, slaying, or destroying. The only thing that you could remotely do is to transfer souls into the undead's body, suicide, and come back to your body. Their soul is lost having no body to return to, but the creature still got slain.

If the host body is slain, you return to the magic jar, if within range, and the life force of the host departs (it is dead). If the host body is slain beyond the range of the spell, both you and the host die. Any life force with nowhere to go is treated as slain.

So, if your purpose is simply to not let them feel any pain or violence, this is the most humane way to get them to rest.

  • \$\begingroup\$ What if you kill the necromancer? I know most of them go feral as soon as they're not controlled, but is there no undead that just cease their "undead-ness" if you kill the spell caster? Can't check right now, just wanted to ask if you looked into that as well \$\endgroup\$ – Nyakouai Mar 22 at 12:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ Very few methods of creating undead have any side-effects caused by destroying the creator. All cases I can remember of, either they are also destroyed, or the master's control is broken. \$\endgroup\$ – ShadowKras Mar 22 at 12:28

Control Undead option

Control Undead says that you can control undead for a short period of time. No where is it written that you cannot order the undead to kill itself and by extension you could even interpret this to command the undead to relinquish control of its host body. At a level 7 necromancy spell, I don't think that's asking too much, that seems a reasonable price to me.

As a house rule you could limit this to unintelligent undead only or perhaps intelligent undead would require an additional Will save failure to execute.


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