Probably the best answer I've seen.
On Tue, 13 Sep 1994, Rich Skrenta wrote:
> > A faction may perform Last Rites on any dead noble from that faction.
> > Any other faction must posess the body to perform Last Rites.
> I like this. It doesn't remove the ability of a player to get his own
> NP's back. Powerful characters can skill be killed for good, but
> you have to fight over the body.
> Rich Skrenta <firstname.lastname@example.org>