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If I have 3 copies of this card on the field, are the effects cumulative?

Effectively, yes, although you don't gain the LP all at once. If, for example, 3 cards are removed from play (say by the effect of "Dark Blade the Dragon Knight") while you have three "Soul Absorption" active on your side of the field, a chain will occur as follows.

Chain Link 1: effect of "Soul Absorption" number one
Chain Link 2: effect of "Soul Absorption" number two
Chain Link 3: effect of "Soul Absorption" number three

Since chains resolve in the reverse order to which they were formed (i.e., they resolve in a first-in, last-out order), Chain Link 3 will resolve first, and you will gain 1500 LP (3 cards removed from play × 500 LP per card). Next, Chain Link 2 will resolve, and you will gain an additional 1500 LP (3 cards × 500 LP per card), before Chain Link 1 finally resolves, giving you a further 1500 LP (3 cards × 500 LP per card). The net effect is that you gain 4500 LP, but in three separate intervals of 1500 LP, not as one 4500 LP chunk.

This chain effect is important due to the interaction of life-gain cards such as "Soul Absorption" with the effect of "Fire Princess". The effect of "Fire Princess" inflicts 500 points of damage to your opponent every time you increase your Life Points. If the three "Soul Absorption" resolved simultaneously (i.e., your life points increased by 4500 at one time), an active "Fire Princess" would inflict only 500 points of damage to your opponent. However, since the "Soul Absorption" resolve in a chain, you are gaining the 4500 LP through three separate increases of 1500 LP; hence, an active "Fire Princess" would inflict 1500 points of damage to your opponent (3 instances of LP gain × 500 points damage per instance).

--Narchibald84 22:14, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

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