Say you had a wizard under the effect of Contingency so that if he died gentle repose was cast on him. Would a cleric with breath of life be able to come over at any time even after more than that one round had passed but not after gentle repose had ended?

Gentle Repose

You preserve the remains of a dead creature so that they do not decay. Doing so effectively extends the time limit on raising that creature from the dead (see raise dead).

Breath of life

Unlike other spells that heal damage, breath of life can bring recently slain creatures back to life. If cast upon a creature that has died within 1 round, apply the healing from this spell to the creature.

Yes I know that breath of life has a specific condition of 1 round. But gentle repose also has a specific condition in which it extends the time in which a creature can be raised from the dead (which does also mention raise dead). But in this case would breath of life work on the dead character?


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Based on how death and souls work in Pathfinder and in D&D, I would say that preserving your body isn't enough to allow breath of life to successfully revive you : after the one round delay before breath of life is cast, your soul leaves your body and only a raise dead spell can bring it back.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Breath of Life does not mention any requirement on soul presence so unless there is something that can be quoted here that states that souls leave after exactly 1 round, and can then be linked to Breath of Life I don't think this is a good answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Aruthawolf
    Sep 21, 2016 at 13:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ I think the soul might stay as long as the writers of a spell need it to stay; take the spell soul bind, for example. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 21, 2016 at 13:27

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