I got into an odd debate and now Im wondering exactly how gentle repose is supposed to work in game.
They ruled that no, gentle repose does nothing as it makes no mention of keeping the soul around and that in the magic rules about bringing back the dead state that when a living creature dies, its soul departs. So I went looking into raise dead and breath of life to see how they differed. I was surprised that both were conjuration(healing). I was expecting that breath of life would make some mention to the soul still being around which was why it had a limited time frame in which it could work. No such luck.
So it got me wondering what gentle repose does thats different from make whole (assuming that the dead do count as objects), repair undead, and restore corpse, except of course that gentle repose specifically states it prolongs the timeframe in which raise dead type spells work.
But why and how? I originally assumed it kept the body fresh and the spirit near, but the condition of the body doesnt seem to matter much as long as its present and mostly intact.
I had asked a question about if gentle repose worked to prolong breath of life being usable. The only answer didnt really solve it.