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Character Death Options: Don’t Hate on Reincarnate

So my character died today.  For those of you who didn’t know, I was playing a 5th level Human Sorcerer.  I was slain by a minotaur who was teetering on the edge of death.  I had previously weakened him with some acid arrows but as I stepped forward to lay the final death blow with my staff, I botched the attack roll essentially rolling a 1.

In our campaign, if this happens, then you screw up big time.  In my particular case, I end up dropping my staff.  He immediately attacks me on his next turn and kills me and disables my companion, Hydesworth Gul.

Although the party as a whole defeated this beast, the questions of what to do with my dead character arose.  It is the most frustrating thing as a player to listen to them rationalize resurrection, raise dead and reincarnate options.

Being low on cash, but also because my character had been weak from the beginning, the party opted to reincarnate me.  At first, I was pissed but after applying the level loss plus the new abilities, I realized that this could just be a good thing.

Let’s look at my stats before and after and see how dying actually benefited me:

Dextrion Stormlight 5th Level Human Sorcerer

HP: 26

Init: +3

AC: 16

Attack: 1d6 (dark wood staff) or 1d4+1 (+1 keen dagger)

Saves: Fort +3, Ref +4, Will +4

Abilities: Str 10, Dex 16, Con 14, Int 15, Wis 11, Cha 18

Skills: Bluff +8, Climb +1, Concentration +6, Craft___+6, Craft ___+6, Diplomacy +6, Gather Information +6, Knowledge (Arcana)_ +6, Profession +2, Spellcraft +7

Feats: Dodge, Improved Counterspell, Craft Magic Arms & Armor

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