[RPG] What memories does your clone have when you die

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The clone spell states:

This spell grows an inert duplicate o f a living creature as a
safeguard against death. This clone forms inside a sealed vessel and
grows to full size and maturity after 120 days; you can also choose to
have the clone be a younger version of the same creature. It remains
inert and endures indefinitely, as long as its vessel remains
undisturbed.

At any time after the clone matures, if the original creature dies,
its soul transfers to the clone, provided that the soul is free and
willing to return. The clone is physically identical to the original
and has the same personality, memories, and abilities, but none of the
original’s equipment.

My question is, does it have the memories of the creature on the day s/he died, or on the day the spell was cast? And… if the caster chooses to make the clone a younger version of the creature as allowed by the spell, does the clone awaken with the memories the creature had at that younger age? (Presumably not if the answer to the first question is the memories from the day s/he died.) I guess this depends whether the memories are stored in the soul, or in the cloned body.

This is somewhat of a follow-up to Does Clone spell makes someone effectively immortal? — one disadvantage of being cloned to attain immortality might be losing memories/abilities gained since either the spell was cast, or the subject was the younger age.

Best Answer

Recall that the clone is inert before it's activated — it has no personality, memories, or abilities of any kind at that point. The paragraph about the clone's creation doesn't mention memories yet; that comes later in the spell's process. So it's empty and inert, and isn't the same as the original yet.

The part of the spell description that does grant the clone personality, memories, and abilities is written immediately after it describes the soul of the original animating it — it's in this paragraph about death and animation that the spell first mentions that the original and the clone have the same memories. The construction of the paragraph indicates a causal link: that they match because (and therefore when) the soul has animated the backup body.

So no, you don't lose memories when reincarnating in your clone.