Death


There are many ceremonies and rituals surrounding death and burial in Nemerl. Each race has its own customs, from the funeral pyres of the Kasiri to the Morturii necropolis in Rusa.

The Mourning Stand

The Mourning Stand occurs only when the master of a great Morturii house dies. Every day, for a period of one calendar month the entire staff of his house must stand outside the house in unison, with heads bowed, for one half of a full hour. The house must be in full mourning, with all staff wearing black and black drapes hung from every window. It is also customary for any Morturii passing that property during a Mourning Stand to stop and bow his or her head briefly in respect of the deceased. The Mourning Stand is led by the deceased's heir or, in the case of no heir, by the House Marus.


Kasiri rituals

The Kasiri have few rituals for deaths, the primary one being that the body must be disposed of upon a funeral pyre. The pyre is built within the camp, for all Kasiri are brother and sister to each other, and a dead Kasiri must not be burned outside his own krait.

The body is borne from yurt to yurt, at which point the yurt's inhabitants will emerge and join the procession, until the body is finally placed on the pyre, which is lit by the krait's Atya. As the flames consume the body, the Kasiri women tell stories and sing funeral dirges while the men eat and drink, and all stand guard until the flames die down. The remains are then scattered around the inner boundary of the camp, so that the deceased may still take their part in defending the krait.


The Morturii Necropolis

Deep in the heart of Rusa - and in Ankar - lies the Morturii necropolis, a city of the dead for all of that land who die within Rusa's walls. As old as the city itself, its most ancient avenues are now home to the city's poorest who have constructed a colorful shanty town between the crumbling tombs. Every Morturii who has lived in Rusa at some point in his life has a right to be interred in the necropolis, excepting those that have been banished from the city for any reason.

The necropolis is divided into castes, as are the Morturii people themselves. Commoners have the simplest area, buried in the earth itself with only a stone marker to show their place. Primes have their own area, with stone sarcophagi and small mausoleums to house their mortal remains. Nobles have the most impressive area, as would be expected, with large mausoleums housing many generations of the same family.

Hilurin Afarit

The Afarit is a small patch of open ground set aside for Hilurin to bury any of non-Hilurin blood who die on their lands. Hilurin are traditionally not buried, but their bodies are taken with much ceremony by the priests of Deva and exposed on the highest mountaintops of the Nerit for the eagles and hawks to consume. If no priest is available, a Hilurin is buried on fertile, plowed land where crops are grown. Songs are sung when Hilurin dead are taken away.

The Kingsdal

Rshani commoners are burned at the pyre, Mariners are buried at sea, but only the kings and queens of Rshan are entitled to be entombed in ice at the Kingsdal, which lies near the sacred mountain of Fanorl in Rshan na Ostre.