Playing By The Rules

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game has this to say about death:

Dead: The character’s hit points are reduced to a negative amount equal to his Constitution score, his Constitution drops to 0, or he is killed outright by a spell or effect. The character’s soul leaves his body. Dead characters cannot benefit from normal or magical healing, but they can be restored to life via magic. A dead body decays normally unless magically preserved, but magic that restores a dead character to life also restores the body either to full health or to its condition at the time of death (depending on the spell or device). Either way, resurrected characters need not worry about rigor mortis, decomposition.

Nowhere does it say in that, that dead characters cannot act, only that they cease to benefit from healing.


As odd as this is, this is better than 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, which doesn’t even define “dead”. When you take massive damage or fail enough death saving throws you just “die” with no explanation given.