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Could both an alive and an undead version of a creature exist?

You can't have two Bobs at once, but that's not what you have here If we look at spells such as reincarnate, raise dead, true resurrection, and resurrection, we see that they all mention the soul. ...
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Where do souls go upon death and when are they free to be raised?

Plane of Deity with a fallback to alignment Perhaps frustratingly if you expect it to be related to the planes, the DMGs section on Bringing Back the Dead is found at the end of the Magic in Your ...
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Is a Clone created in a Demiplane native to it?

No, because clone creates a duplicate. If the clone were different in any meaningful way, it would not be a clone. The spell clone reads: This spell grows an inert duplicate of a living, Medium ...
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Is a Clone created in a Demiplane native to it?

It’s up to the DM. This gets into the realm of metaphysics that simply isn’t addressed in the spell description or lore. “Native plane” isn’t given a precise definition, and so there is just no clear ...
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What is the native plane of a larva or lemure?

In the default cosmology lemures are native to the Nine Hells and Larvae are native to Hades Lemures Lemures are created on the Nine Hells, either from souls of people who have made bargins with ...
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Is there a way to bring a Specter back to life?

No, there is no way to return a Specter to life The Specter has the following elements in its description (which is also rules text in 5e): A specter is the angry, unfettered spirit of a humanoid ...
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Is a Clone created in a Demiplane native to it?

No, because there's no rule that says "native plane is the one you were born on". The rules tells us that regular creatures are from the Prime Material Plane, and that's it. Not very ...
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Can the soul of a creature get swept up by a Psychic Wind while going through the astral plane after dying?

They're safe from the psychic winds ...though sadly we have to arrive at this conclusion by implicit reading, rather than explicit. Here's the rub, from A Guide to the Astral Plane: Astral structures ...
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What happens if magic jar ends and the caster's body is undead?

Your body is dead Even though it’s still moving around. You killed your (humanoid) body - so it’s dead. The (undead) body is not yours.
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Making a character without a soul?

In Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, they have a Supernatural Gift (like those mentioned in the DMG) called Hollow One (pg 182). This is a direct example of what losing your soul could mean mechanically....
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Where do souls go upon death and when are they free to be raised?

Where it goes doesn’t matter for resurrection To determine whether a character can be brought back from the dead, their soul must be: Free – not magically constrained by some means – and Willing - ...
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What is the native plane of a larva or lemure?

Short answer: Fiends are native to the lower planes. If a mortal soul is transformed into a demon or devil, then their 'native plane' becomes whatever plane demons or devils are native to in your ...
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Where do souls go upon death and when are they free to be raised?

It dependsTM I'm going to cover the general setting lore, along with some specific links to Forgotten Realms lore in the footer. We don't have a 5e Greyhawk setting book yet so I'm relying on the ...
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Can a cloned Order of Scribes wizard use their subclass features for replacing their spellbook?

Yes, starting from second level My understanding of the clone spell is that an awakened clone "is" you, in the same way that a simulacrum "is not" you. A clone spell is just a ...
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Can Contingency be triggered by the presence of an item with a soul-affecting domain of effects?

Work with your DM, and prepare for disappointment You'll have to talk to your DM to see what is and is not permissable. They would have final word on whether or not the spell is triggered. Simple ...
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Is there a way to bring a Specter back to life?

Maybe? TL;DR: The rules support that a specter's soul is destroyed on death of the specter, but the rules also support that if that is not a satisfactory outcome, then the GM can change that outcome. ...
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Is there a way to bring a Specter back to life?

There is no mechanical suggestion that the creature cannot be resurrected. The only suggestion that this may be the case is this passage from the section of the Monster Manual about the Specter: ...
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How do summons interact with soul-affecting effects?

According to James Jacobs, summoned creatures are not unique individuals Rather, they are "copies" that are idealized incarnations of that creature type. They have no unique particular ...
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Where do you go when you die?

Just to supplement for the Changelings: the individual Changeling, as in, the combination of fae soul A and mortal human B does die, yes, but as for what happens to the fae souls: Those fae who are ...
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