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Revives a dead creature in some new form.

Original D&D Edit

Debuted in Men & Magic, for the magic-user. Supplement 3: Eldritch Wizardry introduced this as a druid spell, at a higher level.

  • Spell Level 6 (magic-user) or 7 (druid)

Brings a dead character back to life in a new form. The new form depends on the character's alignment (roll randomly on the alignment table to determine the new form). Whatever the result, the reincarnated character becomes that creature and must play as it. If they come back as a human, roll 1d6 to determine the class they come back as.

The druid form of this spell is biased in favor or returning the subject in the form of an animal.

AD&DEdit

Reincarnate Edit

Debuted in the Player's Handbook as a druid spell.

Level: 7 School: Alteration
Components: V, S, M (mistletoe)
Range: Touch Casting Time: 1 turn
Duration: Permanent Saving Throw: None
Target: Person touched

The caster touches the corpse of a creature dead no more than 1 week. The soul of that person returns to life in a new body. If an elf, gnome, or human is indicated, a new character can be created. Though they recall the majority of their former life and form, they may be suitable for a new class entirely. Roll on the table below to determine what the dead creature comes back as.

d100 Die Roll Incarnation
01-03 Badger
04-08

Black Bear

09-12 Brown Bear
13-16 Wild Boar
17-19 Centaur
20-23 Dryad
24-28 Eagle
29-31 Elf
Fox
37-40 Gnome
41-44 Hawk
45-58 Human
59-61 Lynx
62-64 Owl
65-68 Pixie
69-70 Racooon
71-75 Stag
76-80 Wolf
81-85 Wolverine
86-00 Roll on magic-user incarnation table

DM's Advice: Regardless of the form, you should allow the reincarnated character to continue to advance. For instance, a badger might grow to giant size, gain maximum hit points, gain bonus hp for high Constitution, and regain the Intelligence of its former form. A centaur might gain additional hit dice, and could use armor and magic items.

AD&D 2eEdit

Reincarnation
Spell Level: 7 Rarity: Common (Druid)
Spheres: Animal (School: Necromancy)
Components: V, S
Range: Touch Casting Time: 1 turn
Duration: Instantaneous Saving Throw: None
Target: The touched body

This restores the soul of a person to life in the body of a new creature, as long as the death occured less than one week ago and their body remains relatively intact. The body is touched, and in 1d6 turns, the new incarnation of the soul appears in the area. The reincarnated creature remembers much of their former life and form, but they have a new form dictated by the magic. At the DM's option, adding certain expensive incenses to the casting of the spell may improve the odds for a particular result. After being reincarnated, a wish spell will transform the person back to their original form. A reincarnated creautre can continue adventuring with the party, even in an unusual form, and may even gain class levels at the DM's option.

If the new form is able to be the same class as the old form, the new form has half the previous levels and hit points. As a new class, the character has half of their previous hit points, but is considered level 1. A creature has half the previous hit points and half the previous saving throws of the original.

d100 Die Roll Incarnation
01-03 Badger
04-08

Black Bear

09-12 Brown Bear
13-16 Wild Boar
17-19 Centaur
20-23 Dryad
24-28 Eagle
29-31 Elf
32-34 Faun/Satyr
35-36 Fox
37-40 Gnome
41-44 Hawk
45-58 Human
59-61 Lynx
62-64 Owl
65-68 Pixie
69-70 Racooon
71-75 Stag
76-80 Wolf
81-85 Wolverine
86-00 DM's Choice

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