Suppose I cast magic jar and possess a body, then I kill my old body and cast animate dead on it, and after that I break the magic jar. What happens when the soul returns to the zombified body?

For reference, magic jar says the following:

If the container is destroyed or the spell ends, your soul immediately returns to your body. If your body is more than 100 feet away from you or if your body is dead when you attempt to return to it, you die.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I don’t really see how that question is a duplicate, but if it solves your problem, I guess that’s cool. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 19, 2021 at 1:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't think that flagging it as duplicate is a good thing, as it isn't one. I think that opening it again and getting an actual answer to this question is a good thing, even if the linked question answers your question, it might help others you might be really curious about your question. If you really don't want this question answered, then I think deleting it would be better, avoid people reading it thinking that this is a real dupe. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zoma
    Jul 19, 2021 at 10:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ I've reopened this, as the fact the the caster's body died and has been reanimated via necromancy is a substantial difference from being polymorphed. This is a good question and deserves a proper treatment. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 19, 2021 at 11:58

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Your body is dead

Even though it’s still moving around. You killed your (humanoid) body - so it’s dead. The (undead) body is not yours.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The operative word in "shambling corpse" isn't "shambling". \$\endgroup\$ Jul 19, 2021 at 13:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ Isn't "undead" just a creature type? Or are you saying that true polymorph into any non-humanoid means dead body? \$\endgroup\$
    – NotArch
    Jul 19, 2021 at 13:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ And to add to the semantic argument, don't you have to "Kill" liches and the like? The lich is still "alive" until it's hp drop to zero.... \$\endgroup\$ Jul 19, 2021 at 19:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Even though its a short answer I agree with it. Your body died, then it was animated. The body isn't yours anymore, it's the zombies. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jihelu
    Jul 28, 2021 at 2:12

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