Life Is Cheap

This situation came up in a Living Greyhawk module back in the day. The noblewoman was in peril and we failed. She died. But we had a free “raise dead” through favours and boons, and simply brought her back.

Resurrection is little more than a speedbump for high level adventurers. Which makes sense: if you’ve sunk a year or two of play into a character, you don’t want a few bad rolls and inopportune positioning beside a pool of lava filled with magma piranhas to end their career. However, being able to fire off a revivify does make threatening the death of a hostage harder, as the party has a full minute to save their life and cheat death.