Beneath the Borderlands
Speak with Dead
Range: Close/Touch (Referee’s discretion)
Duration: 3 questions
The caster can ask three questions to a corpse, and it will answer, although the answers might be cryptic. Only higher-level casters have enough spiritual power to command answers of long-dead corpses. Casters lower than 8th level can only gain answers from bodies that have been dead 1d4 days. Casters level 8–14 can speak to corpses that have been dead 1d4 months.
Casters of level 15+ can gain answers from a corpse of any age, including thousand-year old relics (as long as the body is still relatively intact). Take note that there’s a die roll involved here: for example, a seventh level Cleric attempting to speak with a 2 day old corpse might still fail—his d4 roll might indicate that he can only to a 1 day old corpse with this attempt at the spell.