Death's Sting is the current system in place to penalize a character for dying in the world of Elanthia. It consists of a temporary reduction in all stats, a reduction in experience absorbtion rate, a reduction in stamina, mana, or spirit recovery rate, and a reduction in a character's Constitution stat that lasts longer than the other stat reductions. Of these, only the reduction in all stats simply takes time to recover from. All the rest require either a special potion or absorbing experience.
- Death's Sting saved post - this post explains Death's Sting in superb detail.