In this scenario a person that has been dead for less than 10 days is Reincarnated. Their old body is still there. Someone then casts Speak with Dead on the body.

Question: Would the Speak with Dead spell work?


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Speak with dead clearly states that:

This spell doesn't return the creature's soul to its body, only its animating spirit.

Which comes to mean that the corpse itself is animated as a sort of puppet, retaining the memories it organically had while it lived. Since this is separate from the soul, the now reincarnated guy wouldn't even know this was happening.

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    \$\begingroup\$ That could be an interesting plot - someone desperate to retrieve or destroy their old body before secret information can be extracted from it... \$\endgroup\$
    – PJRZ
    May 3, 2019 at 9:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ Does the new body get a new spirit? \$\endgroup\$
    – Overthinks
    May 3, 2019 at 9:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ Hello @Overthinks, not really, it gets a 'animating spirit', but from the wording I think it's more like a foreign magical entity rather than something native to the corpse. \$\endgroup\$
    – rtgher
    May 3, 2019 at 14:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ @user3631225 the spirit has all the knowledge of the person when they were alive. This still seems kinda weird. \$\endgroup\$
    – Overthinks
    May 3, 2019 at 16:35

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