The most interesting rules for "rezzing" a fallen adventurer were those of D&D 1st Edition. This rule gives a higher "fear factor" of dying; failing a Resurrection means death is permanent outside of the spell Wish or "Divine Helping Hand".
- use the Constitution Table in the 1st Edition Players Handbook (pg. 12 and reproduced below)
- reduce your constitution point by 1, and your number of lives by 1. You can never come back once your number of lives reaches zero - unless you use a wish spell.
- you can recover your lost constitution point by having a friendly wizard cast a wish spell. Casting a wish is expensive and not without its dangers. A wish causes unnatural ageing, which in-turn requires a system shock roll. The price of a wish spell is 10,000gps + 1,000gps per level of the recipient. A wizard will usually take 50% less if they are paid in magic items. The DM can adjust the price down if they lack the gold and perhaps do some service for the wizard. A wish does not recover your "number of lives".
|Ability Score||System Shock|
|1 - 3||35%||40%|