Questions tagged [soul]

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Does a simulacrum have a soul?

Inspired by this question about healing a simulacrum with magic jar. We know a simulacrum is a creature, but does it have a soul? Is that part of what is considered a creature's features and ...
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Why are the Faithless condemned to the Wall of the Faithless after death?

If you live in the Forgotten Realms and die without worshipping a deity, you are sentenced to the Wall of the Faithless by Kelemvor to serve as another proverbial brick in the Wall. But why does this ...
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When does the soul leave the body after death?

In D&D (Forgotten Realms) lore, is there any kind of answer for how long it takes the soul to leave the body after death? If not, is there any answer implied by other rules or effects (such as ...
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Does a soul being resurrected know what spell is being used?

Specifically, would a soul know that the body they're being invited into was created via Reincarnate? After all, for some souls, changing species might be a big deal, possibly of the 'rather stay dead'...
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Does an intelligent undead have a soul in 5e D&D?

Does an intelligent undead, such as a vampire, mummy, etc, have a soul? Is it the original soul of the person they were before? There was already a question exactly like this specifically for 3.5e ...
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Making a character without a soul?

I'm new to D&D, but I'm really interested in it. I've been building a character, but I've hit a spot that I'm not sure how to handle: making a human character without a soul. I was thinking ...
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Is there any way to trap someone's soul?

I'm playing a wizard and I really want to trap someone's soul. I've thought about casting glyph of warding using magic jar, but I don't want them to be able to escape. Is there any way to do this ...
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Where does an unaligned creature's soul go after death?

In the DMG section on "Bringing Back the Dead" (chapter 1, p. 24), it describes what happens when a creature dies: When a creature dies, its soul departs its body, leaves the Material Plane, ...
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Do all creatures have souls?

The term "soul", despite being widely used, isn't well defined in 5e. Do all living creatures have souls, or having a soul is a characteristic of specific types of creatures? The only hint I've found ...
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Does destroying a Lich's phylactery destroy the soul within it?

The MM entry for a Lich mentions destroying a phylactery is a difficult endeavor but the only way to prevent a Lich from rising again and again. Does destroying the phylactery destroy the soul ...
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Can a soul inside a Ring of Mind Shielding be brought back to life?

One of the traits of the Ring of Mind Shielding is: If you die while wearing the ring, your soul enters it, unless it already houses a soul. You can remain in the ring or depart for the afterlife. As ...
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Is a soul or spirit a creature?

The new Unearthed Arcana gives a new option for warlock's patron: The Undead. One of its class feature is Spirit Projection: Your body is now simply a vessel for your spirit. As an action, you can ...
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What happens to a lich's soul when it dies with a Ring of Mind Shielding?

What happens to a lich's soul when it dies with a Ring of Mind Shielding? Normally, a lich's soul goes to the phylactery. But the Ring of Mind Shielding also takes a soul. Does the lich choose where ...
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What groups of souls go to the Nine Hells according to lore?

The Nine Hells (or Baator) is the Lawful Evil outer plane, and the home plane of devils. It is a plane of eternal punishment for the wicked. Which souls go there in the afterlife? I can think that ...
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Would becoming a ghoul be a viable option to prevent a devil from getting your soul upon death?

My character promised a devil her soul upon her death. She was young and stupid, don’t judge her. I talked to my GM and we came to the conclusion that resurrection, true resurrection and raise dead ...
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Could both an alive and an undead version of a creature exist?

Say Bob the fighter dies heroically while fighting some cultists. His companions realise they are outmatched and decide to run. But first, they quickly cut off one of Bob's fingers and take it with ...
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What is a creature's "animating spirit"?

The spell speak with dead says: You grant the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within range, allowing it to answer the questions you pose. [...] [...] The corpse knows ...
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Would the Soul Cage spell prevent a soul from transferring to a Clone?

The wording on soul cage states: This spell snatches the soul of a humanoid as it dies And after that we know that the soul exists in a gem for 8 hours or until the interactions are used. The ...
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Delivering the soul of a teammate without killing them [closed]

I have a pact with the Raven queen. I have to deliver souls. My problem is that I now have to deliver the soul of a teammate. How can I solve this problem without killing them, like copying a soul or ...
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Switching a simulacrum's soul with the original caster's using magic jar

The reason I ask is because of this question. Obviously, mechanically this should work, since it's a creature, but what are the implications? I'm picturing a simulacrum that wants to be the original,...