The death curse was a disastrous and far-reaching event that occurred on Toril in the late years of the 15th century DR.[note 1] The curse prevented the raising of the dead, even when using resurrection spells, and caused creatures that were previously raised from death to wither and die.[1]

It was known to have affected the beings on Toril for at least a couple tendays.[2]

Cause[edit | edit source]

The death curse was caused by a necromantic artifact called the Soulmonger that was located within the Tomb of the Nine Gods beneath the ruins of Omu.[1] Built by the demilich Acererak, the Soulmonger absorbed the souls of the dead and those who had been raised from the dead in order to siphon them into an atropal.[2]

The only known means of stopping the Death Curse, was the complete destruction of the Soulmonger.[1]

Outcome[edit | edit source]

While the death curse was in effect, many humanoids began to waste away and eventually to die.[2] Traveling to another plane of existence or planet did nothing to halt the wasting effect once it began.[citation needed]

Also during this time, liches were unable to keep their souls within their phylacteries.[1]

The knowledge about whether an individual's soul had already been absorbed, or consumed was discernible by means of a casting of the spell commune or divination. The loss of the soul could not be reversed, even by means of divine intervention.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

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Notable Individuals Affected[edit | edit source]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. There is not a specific date for the events of Tomb of Annihilation. However, according to the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, the current year of the Forgotten Realms in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition is set between 1489 DR and 1492 DR (pp.15, 18).

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