Several spells have the power to restore slain characters to life. When a living creature dies, its soul departs its body, leaves the
Material Plane, travels through the Astral Plane, and goes to abide on the plane where the creature’s deity resides. If the creature did
not worship a deity, its soul departs to the plane corresponding to its alignment. Bringing someone back from the dead means retrieving
his or her soul and returning it to his or her body.
Level Loss: The passage from life to death and back again is a wrenching journey for a being’s soul. Consequently, any creature
brought back to life usually loses one level of experience. The character’s new XP total is midway between the minimum needed
for his or her new (reduced) level and the minimum needed for the next one. If the character was 1st level at the time of death, he or she
loses 2 points of Constitution instead of losing a level. This level loss or Constitution loss cannot be repaired by any
mortal means, even wish or miracle. A revived character can regain a lost level by earning XP through further adventuring. A revived
character who was 1st level at the time of death can regain lost points of Constitution by improving his or her Constitution score
when he or she attains a level that allows an ability score increase.
Preventing Revivification: Enemies can take steps to make it more difficult for a character to be returned from the dead. Keeping the
body prevents others from using raise dead or resurrection to restore the slain character to life. Casting trap the soul prevents any sort of
revivification unless the soul is first released.
Revivification against One’s Will: A soul cannot be returned to life if it does not wish to be. A soul knows the name, alignment, and
patron deity (if any) of the character attempting to revive it and may refuse to return on that basis.
If Stray the cleric is slain and Nyx Argris grabs her body, Stray probably does not wish to be raised from the dead by her. Any attempts he makes to
revive her automatically fail. If Nyx Argris wants to revive Stray to interrogate her, she needs to find some way to trick her soul, such as duping a cleric
of her faith or a trusted companion into raising her and then capturing her once she’s alive again.