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  1. High-level Play, Part 8

    The Perils of Preventing the Dead from Returning
    Those who earn a reputation for removing actors from the milieu—those who frequently make folks forever dead or try to prevent others from returning from the dead—lose access to the free raises and reincarnates helpful clerics and druids otherwise supply. Clerics and druids never agree to return from the dead those who forever murder characters level 9 or higher. The absurdly low number of high-level characters makes level 9+ characters valuable ...
  2. High-level Play, Part 7

    Returning Is Easy
    Dungeons and Dragons 3.X demographics is a census-taker’s dream. Except for PCs and encounters the DM creates, towns have hardcoded methods of determining precisely what levels of creatures are in it. That’s useful, but players are at the mercy of fictional demographics that might mean some spellcasting services are unavailable in a particular town. In short, a small town has a 2/3 chance of having a Clr5 or Clr6, half the time a large town will have 1 Clr7 and 1 Drd7, and ...
  3. High-level Play, Part 6

    What about Coming Back?
    This is one of the ugly secrets of high-level play: Characters are supposed to die all the time. And then they’re supposed to get better.

    Unless, of course, steps are taken to ensure a character can’t get better. Then the character’s hosed.

    So, dead or alive, you need to know…

    Death Is Funny
    The definition of dead (Player’s Handbook 307) reads that, most of the time, death causes a creature’s “soul to leave the body and journey ...
  4. DMing with Charisma

  5. High-level Play, Part 5

    Stop Instant Transportation before It Happens
    This is really hard. If Team Antagonist’s uses a spell from scrying subschool to scout an area, and Team Protagonist doesn’t know, only previously installed preventative measures stop the incoming teleport ambush.

    The problem with the spell zone of respite [abjur] (Spell Compendium 244) is duration. While the spell prevents teleport effects from working within the area, even with the staff of extended zone of respite (20th) (45,000 ...