As a GM I'm planning on a surprise for my players where their PCs are 'defeated' in their encounter with the Big Bad in a way that means they end up in 'stasis' for many years to when the Big Bad has taken over the kingdom/world a la Ocarina of Time. Then they 'wake up' with the whole world around them changed to find they are now known only as legends, the few to stand up to the tyrant.
Something like Flesh to Stone which turns them into a statue so they would be unchanged for years to have the effect reverse much later with Stone to Flesh. I'm not entirely sure if it would really work that way. But what I am looking for is variety, each PC is affected by a different spell or effect which seems to have them doomed only to have a chance to fight another day.
If a target is completely frozen solid, common sense tells me they would be dead as they'd have frostbite through their whole body, but is there some way they'd be preserved?
What are the ways that PCs may end up in 'stasis'?