What I'd like to know is why don't sages just keep corpses on ice, embalm or mummify them (not make a magical mummy, just preserve the corpse), then have a cleric cast speak with dead whenever they want to know something that happened during that body's lifetime.
— Jason MacDonald (@JasonAlanMacD) November 16, 2019
Because certain undead, and certain cults, will come for the bodies, and most sages aren't fighting types. Word long ago got around of their horrific fates, so…they're now afraid to try that.#Realmslore
— Ed Greenwood (@TheEdVerse) November 17, 2019