I am almost certain I just read a thread on this recently but can't find it anywhere now!
I just got done playing a Talisman game with my son. He got to the center and ended up with the alternate ending with the Scepter. This may be a home brew alternate ending. But the card states when anyone loses a life while the Scepter is in battle they are killed. (loss of all lives)
Unfortunately for my son when he teleported to fight me I had the spell that doubled my strength and I beat him.
He had the Phoenix potion. The question is would he lose because he was killed by effect, or would the potion indeed save him?