Does anyone know of a core pathfinder spell which causes a living creature to count as dead for the purposes of other spells which only target the dead?

My goal is to have gentle repose in effect on a living creature, so that in the case of death, resurrecting them with breath of life is an easy process which doesnt need to be done within a single round.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Does it have to be a spell, or is that an unnecessary restriction we can trim from the question? Also, do you want to use spells that target the dead or the undead (or both)? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 5:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ You could try "Slay Living", although it has some side-effects. \$\endgroup\$
    – Erik
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 5:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ I made a mistake when writing the question. I have updated it and removed the incorrect description. \$\endgroup\$
    – Fering
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 6:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Can we conclude from the edit that the method does not have to be a spell? (If so, an edit to the title and first paragraph to remove that restriction is probably in order.) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 7:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ The fact gentle repose can make you able to resurrect someone with breath of life later on is already quite uncertain. You even already asked for that. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 9:19

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While I do not know of any spells that lets a living creature be affected as if dead/undead, the premise of your question can be answered by another spell. Namely Contingency

From the description:

You can place another spell upon your person so that it comes into effect under some condition you dictate when casting contingency.

Should fit your needs quite nicely, as it fulfills the "in case of" requirement. :)


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