Questions tagged [character-death]

For questions about issues related to the in-game death, or threat/fear of death, of a player's character in an RPG.

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How do Big Lizzie Romance Points gained from death work with Unkillable?

In GURPS Big Lizzie there is a mechanic called romance points and dying gets you 50 romance points. But what happens if the person who has died has the Unkillable 2 or Unkillable 3 advantage? Would ...
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Which incarnation is created by True Resurrection when used on a reincarnated creature?

Reincarnate creates a new body for a creature who has died. True Resurrection is able to create a new body for a creature when the original no longer exists. What happens when a reincarnated creature ...
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Does it matter which incarnation of a target's body is used for a second resurrection?

The spell 'resurrection' can bring someone back from the dead using only a small portion of their body. Now I ask- If someone is resurrected more often than once, does it matter which body is used? ...
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How long can a Wizard hold their breath?

For a 5e campaign, I have created the character Diogenes, a Human Wizard from the school of transmutation. Diogenes, in real life, is said to have possibly died due to holding his breath for too long. ...
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How should I request a PC sacrifice for the best ending to a campaign? [closed]

The scenario: The BBEG is preparing to unleash a sealed monster and devastate the civilized world. The seal has already been weakened by prior actions. The PCs engage the BBEG as the campaign finale. ...
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What happens to a Wizard's Transmuter Stone when she dies?

Unfortunately, last monday night our transmuter wizardess met her early (only 160!) demise at the hands (claws) of some elf-hungry trolls. Her transmuter stone was not on her, because another ...
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Worried about killing PCs in Rise of Tiamat

I am running RoT. This question is not about the final battle with Tiamat being a TPK. I am worried about regular characters fighting regular adult dragons in the sea of flowing ice, etc., dying to ...
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When should I kill a PC? [closed]

Death is inevitable, and an important mechanic designed to kill the egos of players. However, it can be fun to have your player characters die, albeit rarely. As a DM, I've made it my mission to ...
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Does the Revivify spell work on characters killed by ability score drain?

Does the revivify spell work on characters who have suffered stat drain death, like that from a Shadow's Strength Drain?
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How are experience points given to back-up characters?

I've been playing D&D 5e for a while now, but I've recently run in to a new issue. I am going to be starting a new game soon with a new DM, and this campaign is going to be primarily nautical ...
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How does Halfling Luck affect the probability of surviving my death saves?

The probability of a mere human surviving a series of unmodified death saving throws has been established as 59.5125%. But Halfling Luck applies to death saving throws in a dramatic way: A roll of 1 ...
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How to handle a PC death early in a session? [duplicate]

Sometimes you have to end a session at a very suspenseful moment. For example the group used the whole last session to prepare for a heist or a fight and just as the action is about start you look ...
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Can your own death be a trigger for Glyph of Warding?

I had made an assumption in an answer and am wondering if your own death is a legitimate trigger for a Glyph of Warding spell you have previously cast. The requirement simply states: You decide ...
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Can the trigger for Contingency be your own death?

Prompted by this answer, is it possible for your death to trigger a Contingency? If you're dead, how does the spell activate, and if it's then casting another spell, is it possible for that to happen ...
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Can raise dead or reincarnate revive creatures who died of old age?

In the Player's Handbook there are multiple spells that can bring a creature back to life. Resurrection, revivify (p272), and true resurrection (284) each have a clause that say that they don't work ...
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What happens to dying PCs when combat ends?

Imagine that a PC gets reduced to 0 hit points during a battle. The battle continues for a couple more rounds and they roll their death saves, one success and one failure (not sure if this part of the ...
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Players better at dealing damage than taking damage

I'm currently DM'ing a high powered D&D 3.5 game with 4 PCs (Wizard, Druid, Rogue/Assassin and Bard) and a DMPC (Minotaur Barbarian) at ECL 11. My concern is that whenever I try to create a ...
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How can I prevent my party from resurrecting an NPC?

I'm DMing for a level 12 party of 4 (bard, cleric, druid, and revised ranger). They each have about 70,000 GP, and they live near a capital city with plenty of temples. The villain is the equivalent ...
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Respawning mechanics for quick and easy recovery from death

The standard means of recovering from death in 5e mostly require the use of spells like revivify, raise dead, reincarnate, and resurrection that are all costly to varying degrees in terms of time and ...
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How can I help a player who is horribly afraid of character death? [closed]

I'm a new DM, and the majority of my players (including myself) are either completely new to D&D (or any tabletop RPG for that matter) or very inexperienced. (By the way we're playing D&D 5e, ...
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Is a character that had their brain devoured by an Intellect devourer dead? Can they be raised?

Inspired by this answer. Is a character that is currently the host of a brain devourer, body thief style, dead? Can they be raised, resurrected? If yes, do I have to kill the intellect devourer ...
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Does a Paladin's Aura of Protection Affect Allies' Death Saving Throws?

In D&D 5e, the Paladin feature Aura of Protection allows allies within 10 feet of you to add your charisma modifier as a bonus to their saving throws, as long as you are conscious. Certainly this ...
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How should I handle killing (or not) this character? [closed]

So I've been playing with the same group for a long time and they aren't the smartest which has led to the loss of many PCs in this D&D game. Only one has survived this entire time. His name is ...
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Can the Harm spell kill with massive damage?

Scenario We fought a daemon that used it's Harm spell-like ability on a player, dealing 100 points of damage on the player's failed save. The DM said to make a massive damage1 roll. The character ...
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What is considered a successful death saving throw?

I'm fairly new to D&D and I wanted to run a session with some friends. I've been doing a lot of research but can't seem to find an answer to this question. I understand how the mechanic works, ...
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Monster Energy drain, character death and resurrection

After finish a fight with a small group of vampire spawn, one of the player characters ended up suffering enough energy drain to kill him. when the fight was finished the rest of the party began ...
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Do resurrected characters automatically re-attune to their magic items?

In the basic rules (Pg. 58) as well as in the DMG (Pg. 138), the section on attunement states (emphasis mine): A creature’s attunement to an item ends if the creature no longer satisfies the ...
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What to do about a player who takes risks and dies (without consequence)? [closed]

I have a solid group of 3-5 players who regularly play together and I DM for them. One of these players regularly dies during our campaign (sometimes multiple times). I typically allow people to re-...
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What happens to a mythic creatures mythic pool who is resurrected on a different day?

Mythic power is a much newer aspect of the game than being killed and resurrected. Those spells were never updated with respect to the new character feature. So the question is, at what level is a ...
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What happens to point pools when a creature is brought back to life?

The main spells that deal with bringing the dead back to life are clear about their effects on spells that they have prepared or uncast. Raise Dead A character who died with spells prepared has a ...
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How inconvenient is flesh to stone to prevent someone from being resurrected?

I had a very mean thought today. When someone is subjected to a flesh to stone spell , they are not dead. Since they are not dead, any attempt to resurrect them will automatically fail, as well any ...
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How can I engage players after character death in a one-shot dungeon-crawl?

I am looking to run a one-shot adventure and want to have a fair chance of character death, but I would like for the player to remain engaged even if their character dies. I want the adventure to be ...
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Does the Power Word Kill spell instantly kill PCs?

Orcus's "Voice" lair action is casting the spell Power Word Kill. If he were to use it on a PC, would they drop to death saving throws or instantly die?
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Do Primordials form a new Fetish Soul after Fetish Death?

I'm wondering if Primordials reform their Fetish Souls after Fetish Death? On one hand, we've got Adrian turning into Adorjan after Lilike's death and there doesn't seem to be any mention of a new ...
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What happens to a familiar or animal companion if its master dies?

According to RAW, familiars and animal companions are magically bound to their master's soul. A dead familiar or animal companion can either be replaced or brought back to life, at a cost, but what do ...
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Breath of life and a quickened cure spell

So breath of life has the ability to bring back someone who died within the last round, but only if the healing provided cab bring it above that death line. Breath of life This spell cures 5d8 ...
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Is permadeath even a thing in Eclipse Phase?

I have little time to prepare a Sci-Fi game so I thought I would ask for some help. I kinda love the idea behind Eclipse Phase but I can't see how a game without death can be a horror game and I kinda ...
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How do I prevent a character from being resurrected?

I'm part of a team of level 20 characters (5 players total). I am a Shadow Dancer 10 / Investigator 10. Our party is in a war, and I am a spy within the group. I am planning to betray them. The ...
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How do we prevent the PvP death of a PC from being cheapened and made meaningless by easy resurrection?

I am running a homebrewed RPG cobbled together from bits of systems like VtM, D&D, Pathfinder, etc. (that's not the problem, it works for us). Our campaign includes player-versus-player conflict, ...
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Can a wizard add Raise Dead to their spellbook?

The Restore Life effect of Master Transmuter on PHB119 reads: You cast the raise dead spell on a creature you touch with the transmuter's stone, without expending a spell slot or needing to have ...
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What happens when my dead wizard decides to planeshift out of the afterlife?

So, I know that if my High Elf Wizard dies he goes to the chaotic-good afterlife plane or whatever. That's clear. He leaves a body behind, and gets a brand-new afterlife body in the chaotic good ...
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Does halfling luck apply to death saving throws?

The rule states that halfling luck applies to saving throws and the death rolls are called "death saving throws." Based on that I decided to allow it. Additionally, I thought allowing halfling luck ...
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If the campaign stalls at a deadly cliffhanger and we never play again, is my character dead?

Is a character that's about to die just before a campaign is abandoned effectively dead? We have reached the climax of the game — the end all, "winner takes all" type situation. Two of us are ...
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Reincarnate and level adjustment in story based leveling

In my current campaign we work with story based leveling. Our dear catfolk druid (effective level = 3+1 LA) has died and we used reincarnate to bring her back to life as an elf. We have not yet ...
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What would the effect of removing death saves and just having characters die at 0HP be?

I am currently attempting to create a campaign, inspired both by West Marches, and earlier editions of D&D (mostly OD&D and 1e AD&D), but still keeping the 5e rules that my group are ...
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How does raise dead affect a level 2 character?

One of the characters at our table died last night and we have the resources to raise him. The strange thing though is that by the reading of Raise Dead, he would come back, gain two permanent ...
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Does taking more damage than you have HP remaining result in a death saving throw failure?

Here are the rules for damage taken while at 0 HP (Player’s Basic Rules Version 0.3, Page 76): Damage at 0 Hit Points. If you take any damage while you have 0 hit points, you suffer a death saving ...
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When is a character (whether PC, NPC, or Monster) knocked out as opposed to Dead?

In Castles and Crusades I can't find anything that dictates when an NPC or Monster is dead and have always just assumed that once they get to 0 HP they are dead. I came across something, I can't ...
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What are the implications of letting players retry an adventure/encounter that resulted in death?

I'm running a 5e story. Two players went into the crypt and got killed. My players manage their own sheets and the next day one player pointed out that he had not updated his saves after leveling up....
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Can Raise Dead revive a character with zero maximum Hit Points?

So, a character died from Draining Kiss of a succubus and his Max HP is 0. Can he be restored by Raise Dead, or does he need a higher level spell? Or a Greater Restoration cast on his lifeless body ...