Things to do in Telengard when you’re dead

So far death has been pretty cheap in Telengard, at least in the sense that you can buy your way out of it by paying for a Raise Dead spell at the Cathedral of Odin. Technically the patient will have to had died in combat, which is the only way anyone has actually died so far, because the Bishop’s spell wrests the dead soul away from the Valkyries on their way to Valhalla. Should a PC die in bed, or by a trap, or disease, etc. (a “straw death”), Raise Dead would not be an option.

I further complicated things with a current plot that is going on now — the dark elves have set up metaphysical “webs” to trap the souls of the dead, and then by some evil magic they create larvae with part of the souls, and use the rest…somehow, for some purpose. So even a glorious death in combat may not guarantee a soul its place in Valhalla, and until the dark elves are thwarted Raise Dead is a gamble.  Get caught in the web and there may not be anything left to put back in the body.

So what else could befall a slain hero, and is there any return from Hel?

What I have in mind is: the party could, if they wanted, storm Niflheim and try to retrieve a soul from there.  They’d need a plan to get past Garm, of course, and there would no doubt be some fighting and use of stealth to get the soul out.  Then they could have a cleric put it back in the body with Raise Dead.

Alternatively, a cleric with Baldur’s favor might be able to get a soul out of Niflheim.  After all, Baldur is fated to die and go to there but will return from that dark place after Ragnarok.

Resurrection? I’ve been slowly deleting the higher level spells from the cleric and magic-user spell books and my gut inclination is to have no spells over 6th level.  If the players ever make it to a level that allows 7th+ level spells they’ll need to research their own spells/prayers.

Published in: on February 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Hi Mike,
    I know my comment has nothing to do with death in Telengard, but I just wanted to say that I found your blog a coupe of months ago and it has been very inspirational, I love old miniatures too so it is alway an eye candy to look at the blog and the OD&D stuff is super interesting. I managed too to make a gaming group after 20 odd years and played D&D thanks to the inspiration I got here.
    Thank you


    • Giovanni,
      Thank you!

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