You are the son of a noble who is very cowardly. Fearing for his life more than he should, your father went to a necromancer to have you all cloned when you were just 4yo.
Now a grown man who's on the other side of the world as a level 17 barbarian, you find your body is slashed in two... but lucky for you, you've been cloned!
As written, the Clone spell states:
This spell grows an inert duplicate of a living, Medium creature as a safeguard against death. This clone forms inside a sealed vessel and grows to full size and maturity after 120 days; you can also choose to have the clone be a younger version of the same creature. It remains inert and endures indefinitely, as long as its vessel remains undisturbed.
At any time after the clone matures, if the original creature dies, its soul transfers to the clone, provided that the soul is free and willing to return. The clone is physically identical to the original and has the same personality, memories, and abilities, but none of the original's equipment. 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.
On the surface, it seems quite simple: You die, your essance zaps into your clone (given the jar is still intact), your clone thinks they are you, everyone's happy. But I came across two bits of information in the description that can be taken two different ways:
"This clone forms inside a sealed vessel and grows to full size and maturity after 120 days; you can also choose to have the clone be a younger version of the same creature."
"The clone is physically identical to the original and has the same..."
Putting those together, either:
the clone will only reach 120 days older than you were when you had it made, but as you are now buff AF, you'll end up coming out like a horribly buff 4-year-old with no identification, no living expenses, and no credibility to save your own life. There might be a very slim chance to return back to normal, IF you are able to make your child self go all the way to the other side of the world armed with a stick or butter knife (as you can't buy weapons) and find a cubic inch of your old body's skin, making at least 1k gp in the meantime, so you can clone your old body and hope that works.
the clone does age with you, so you're now a really buff naked guy re-enacting the famous scene from Terminator. But that would also mean that your father (let's say he's now 80 years old and dying of cancer) has a clone that has aged and has the symptoms of cancer (if it was naturally caused), so as he commits suicide to get a new lease on life, he'd come back as a naked 80-year-old man re-enacting the scene of Terminator.
In either case, there seem to be limitations to consider regarding this spell, but they actually are opposing concepts. Either
- a clone does not age, but you'd have to replace it every 5-or-so years (with a full set of clothing and supplies) in hopes to maintain your credibility and lifestyle,
- a clone does age, which means that to use this for immortality, you'd need two made (one of you as you are today and one of you as a baby) replacing the younger one periodically so you don't only gain 20-30 years.
So I'd like to ask this community on their wisdom regarding this matter: Do clones age as it remains inert? or does it stay the same age as when you made it?