Permadeath in Wizardry Online isn’t necessarily as bad as you may first think. If your character is Soul Rank 1, you’ll have a 100% chance to revive. After that, the rate can decrease depending on a variety of factors.
When your character dies, it will first become a Corpse. This is the easiest to recover from. However, your character may instantly turn to Ash if they died due to a high-voltage attack/area. If you fail to revive after being a corpse, you’ll be turned to Ash. However, if you fail to revive after being Ash, your character will be Lost. Lost is permadeath. If a character is Lost, they will then not be able to be played again and you will lose all of their belongings. After that you’ll have to delete that character to free up the character slot.