Originally Posted by superklye
Yeah, I realized that earlier, but I was getting really bored and annoyed with all the piddly low-level crap so I finally advanced the story.
I just died and now I've got -15% on my stats...how long does that last?!
Once you die the death penalty remains (and compounds each subsequent death)...however...once you return to Ascalon the slate is wiped clean and you'll be back to 100%