If an outsider has the spell Planar Bubble (Spell Compendium, p.158) cast upon it and is then killed, will it be permanently slain as though it had died on its native plane?
The spell Negative Energy Flood (XGtE pg. 163) states:
A target killed by this damage rises up as a zombie at the start of your next turn.
Statistics for the zombie are in the Monster Manual.
This seems to imply that the creature killed rises as a zombie with exactly the statistics stated in the Monster Manual.
If I kill a gargantuan (or anything larger than medium) creature with Negative Energy Flood, does it rise as a size medium zombie?
The entry on devils (p. 68) in the Monster Manual states the following:
“Devils that die in the Nine Hells are destroyed forever – a fate that even Asmodeus fears.”
This makes it clear that not even archdevils or gods are exempt from this rule, and even a god that dies in the Nine Hells has no chance of coming back. My question is, does this apply to Tiamat as well? Though she was not originally a devil, and is technically a dragon god, she once ruled Avernus. This gave her the title of at least Archfiend, and an old article (“Leomund’s Tiny Hut: Rearranging and Redefining the Mighty Dragon” by Lenard Lakofka) says that she was an Archdevil.
It’s possible that being given this role technically made her a devil. Something similar happened to Zariel, who was previously a solar, but was definitely turned into a devil when she declared her loyalty to Asmodeus and given rule of Avernus. Still, while Zariel’s stat blocks describes her as a devil, Tiamat’s only describes her as a fiend.
There’s also this quote from the newest adventure “Descent Into Avernus” (p. 126) which suggests this permanent death rule may apply to others outside of devils as well.
Mahadi doesn’t believe in taking unnecessary risks, particularly in the Nine Hells where he can be permanently slain.
Mahadi is not a devil, but a rakshasa, which makes it curious that he can permanently die here.
I realize that as a DM, I can decide which way to go, but I’d like to know which conclusion should be considered canonical. I don’t know if there’s anything in Forgotten Realms lore that I’ve missed that supports one argument more than the other.
I could pick so many angles to this, but I will focus on a very famous piece of software which has been utterly ruined in recent years: Adobe Photoshop. This is not a rant, but related both to software design and psychology.
These days, it is not possible to install it on a PC without going through a program which they call “Adobe Creative Cloud”. It’s sort of a software “hub” from which you download/manage the actual software you want (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). It demands that you register an account and log in to use it; if you don’t, you simply cannot install or use Photoshop or any other Adobe software. (Other than some ancient, outdated copy you might still have as a physical box on the shelf.)
Just having that “Creative Cloud” stuff on my computer in the first place gives me the creeps. On top of requiring you to have an Adobe account and log in to it, it aggressively installs itself as a difficult-to-remove icon in File Explorer, and makes itself very “known” overall, with frequent “update notifications” which have been engineered to be difficult to turn off. All you really want as a user is a simple icon that says “Photoshop” which opens Photoshop and nothing else when you click it. There is no benefit to the user to have this intermediate software. Any updates to Photoshop could easily be checked and handled regularly by Photoshop itself. (But even then, I don’t want random updates all the time, anyway.)
When you start Photoshop these days, it shows you this screen:
The sheer idea that Photoshop even has the technical ability to transfer my project files (or finished files) away from my computer within itself is deeply unsettling to me, even though they give you this choice/prompt. There’s also something uncomfortable about the language they use, almost as to suggest that “you can (big smile) upload all your private files to our computers”, but (with a stern look) “for all you annoyingly privacy-conscious, un-hip, stone-age neanderthals, I guess we’ll also allow you to save your stupid files onto your stupid computer… maybe. For now. But you lose this and that benefit and remember that the Cloud is perfectly safe and you are really a very stupid and uncool person if you still want control over your files when we at Adobe could Cloud-store them for you instead in a far superior and more convenient manner. And don’t forget how convenient it is to go for the Cloud route and how uncool and old you seem if you pick this other, lame option.”
That’s how I interpret these “nudges” that all software these days seem to use to push the users into a completely insane situation where they store their private files on somebody else’s computer. This is not just about me and my personal situation; it makes my skin crawl to think of all the people out there who simply don’t have a proper understanding about privacy and security (nor could they be expected to), who are constantly being pushed into this extremely scary direction.
Again, even if they never will move to storing your private files by default in Adobe’s close (which is coming… believe me!), just the fact that the program has the technical ability to do this, and could be doing it if I don’t tread very carefully and vacuum all the settings for obscure little checkboxes which make it possible to turn this off, but 99.99% of all users won’t ever know it’s a setting, nor understand why they should go out of their way to disable it…
Over the years, as Photoshop has gotten worse and worse, not just in terms of privacy-destroying misfeatures, but also in terms of sheer “dumbing down” and bloat, for example, those auto-playing pop-up videos showing you how to use the basic tools, I have evaluated numerous alternatives. They are, I regret to inform, all absolute trash. There is no real comparison whatsoever. Things which just intuitively feel natural in Photoshop (most of its features, I just found out by using it and stumbling upon things which just made sense), are completely gone from those so-called “alternatives”. So, in practice, there is just no alternative/choice.
Maybe it sounds silly, but I’ve seriously lost my creativity and will to use software or computers at all in later years, and it definitely cannot be solely attributed to “unrelated depression”. Modern software, made by “modern people”, is designed with a completely different mentality than that which I remember from the “roaring 1990s”, when the PC truly blossomed and looked extremely promising.
Ever since the turn of the millennia, the mentality has increasingly shifted from “making really polished and great software for great people” toward “constantly change everything around randomly for the sake of change while adding enormous amounts of bloat and spying with zero benefit to the user who we deeply disrespect”.
Staying with old versions of software is impossible for obvious security reasons, but also practical ones. Some good new things are introduced, but get drowned in unwanted software cancer.
I no longer feel like having Photoshop on my computer, because it comes with all this garbage, and it increasingly feels like I’m using a dumb terminal and creating stuff “in the Adobe cloud” rather than on my machine. It feels like, at any given moment, that private image I’m editing might fly right away to some computer somewhere.
Maintaining a dedicated virtual machine with another costly Windows 10 license only to turn off its virtual network card seems like insanity. It’s just not practical or affordable. (Those evaluation copies of Windows 10 only work for 90 days and the rearm stuff never works.)
Basically, even if you can figure out some kind of “trick” to work around this, the fact remains that I’m drained of all my energy and creativity just knowing what they are doing. I want to feel like I’m using a fully “offline”, professional-grade, robust, industrial application — not some kind of toy for babies. I thought they had special editions for consumers, but now, even the “real” Photoshop looks ridiculous visually.
This answer to a different question (about D&D 5e) says:
To open, lets look at a sample of the rules that say you cannot permanently kill such a creature outside of their home plane…
The only way to truly destroy a demon is to seek it in the Abyss and kill it there.
Devils that die in the Nine Hells are destroyed forever
Only on its native plane can a yugoloth be destroyed permanently
Of note: Angels in the 5E MM do NOT have this protection. Weird as it may seem, it is actually easier to kill a Celestial than it is to kill a Fiend.
So, going by the lore available in 5e, celestials can be killed permanently on any plane. Obviously this quote doesn’t mention fey, but I think of celestial, fiends and fey as being grouped together due to certain spells in 5e, such as find familiar or find steed, saying that the spirit can be one of those three.
Anyway, my question is, even though the lore stating that fiends (specifically devils, demons and yugoloths) cannot be killed outside their native planes is well established, is there any lore from any edition of D&D that suggests that the same rules exist for celestials and fey?
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Does the quori return to the Dreaming Dark, or is it destroyed outright?
If I kill some kind of evil creature like a zombie, chuck it into a shallow grave and burn its remains, would casting detect evil and good on the skeletal remains reveal anything?
Or do destroyed/slain monsters immediately stop registering for such effects?
The spell does not specify if the creature needs to be alive, dead, or whole. However, it may cease to be considered a creature if it is dead; I do not know.
The detect evil and good spell description reads:
For the duration, you know if there is an aberration, celestial, elemental, fey, fiend, or undead within 30 feet of you, as well as where the creature is located. Similarly, you know if there is a place or object within 30 feet of you that has been magically consecrated or desecrated.
Additionally, would you know that it was undead? Or just that it is one of those types of monster?
Also, does it remain ‘undead’? Once undead, always undead?
I assume this spell only reveals if the monster is one of the types in the list (not which one?), and not alignment like I think perhaps past editions of D&D have done.
I have just discovered that my local bank, Nordea, has decided to remove the only good thing about their entire operation: the so-called “simplified login” feature on their website, which allows (soon allowed) the customer to log in to a kind of very limited “read-only” mode which basically just allowed you to see your current balance, the last few transactions (limited descriptions) and see whether or not there are any new “customer support messages”, but not read those messages, not make any kind of payments, edit accounts, etc.
Now, they will only allow “full” logins, which 100% prevents any kind of automation and requires you to sit with a hardware device and enter numbers into it and then into the webpage before it allows you to see as much as your account balance. Other than being very obnoxious for every customer, it also blocks me and other “advanced” users out from our custom-programmed bots which have always regularly logged in with that “simplified” login method just to regexp out the current balance/new messages and then notify us via whatever mechanism we use privately.
I have previously asked them if they have any kind of JSON/RSS API of any kind, but no. They don’t even have as much as e-mail notifications! Nothing except their spyware “smartphone app” which I would never install, nor would I ever allow such a surveillance device to track me 24/7 in the first place. Only by being a registered corporation with special, way more costly account types do you get any kind of “API” access from them, even to do this most basic imaginable task.
Before you tell me to switch banks, the others are at least just as bad (even worse from what I can tell, and for a longer time), and the act of switching banks is practically impossible for me personally.
What I’m asking is if maybe somebody knows of some sort of “hidden standard” or something which all banks in the world support, but don’t have documented, for people like me to automate basic things such as knowing my account balance. Needless to say, I have looked for this countless times on their website, asked them about it, and asked other people about it. Nobody seems to know anything, or, if they do, won’t tell me.
I know that there are a bunch of “Nordea-supporting” PHP libraries and whatnot on Github, but they are all ancient and even if they were up to date, they were most likely using the same method as I have been using: automating the login process through their “simplified login” mechanism, which is “soon” to be gone. (Probably at new year; they didn’t even mention any dates or time frames.)
And yes, I have a Bitcoin wallet and have that fully automated. The problem is that virtually nobody else in the world cares about my Bitcoin, so “switching to Bitcoin” remains a pipe dream which I would be ready to do, but the world clearly isn’t.
The spell Magnificent Mansion can summon up to 100 servants. These servants can’t attack or cause direct harm, but they can do any action a normal human can.
I know they can’t attack, but can they be attacked? Damaged? Killed?