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Does the frightened Condition end when the monster you are afraid of dies?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Different question so not a duplicate but I reckon the answer to this question Does frightened condition end when you hit 0 HP? will answer this one. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 11:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ What is the cause of the frightened condition? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 11:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is likely to depend on the particular frightening effect. Is there a particular source of fear you are interested in? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 11:53
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    \$\begingroup\$ Did you mean "as a player character"? \$\endgroup\$
    – Mołot
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 12:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ The frightened condition does not specify when it ends or when it applies, it specifies only what the condition does. So there is no general answer. Perhaps you should ask about a specific monster and quote the text describing how it causes fear. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 24, 2021 at 14:06

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Nothing prevents you from being terrified of a corpse

There just isn't any rule that says you can't be afraid of corpses.. Therefore, if the source of your fear dies, you would still be frightened. However, the source of the frightened condition may matter. For example, the fear spell is concentration, so if the caster dies, the spell ends as the caster falls unconscious.

But a GM is free to rule otherwise

A GM could argue that Alice's corpse isn't Alice at all, so when Bob becomes frightened of Alice for 1 minute, and Alice dies, the source of the fear simply doesn't exist anymore. We lack any general rule that addresses this case, so a GM is well within their rights to rule how they would like.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Who knows, Alice might be even more scary dead than alive. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 12:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ I know I personally would be more scared of a corpse than a live person, and you don't even need a spell for that! \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 13:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ Alice doesn't live here anymore! \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 21:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Ben pretty sure I already address that: "For example, the fear spell is concentration, so if the caster dies, the spell ends as the caster falls unconscious." \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 24, 2021 at 4:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ If source of the fear is a creature, and the effect requires seeing the creature, then the monster becoming an object (a corpse) would at least stop the negative effects of the condition. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jun 24, 2021 at 14:09

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