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Where do the bodies go?
« on: November 11, 2012, 05:26:59 PM »
Okay, my google-fu may be lacking, so I thought I'd ask my question here.

In a typical city in the Final Empire, how do they dispose of the dead?  Burial?  Cremation?

I'm working on a Kandra NPC, and I was thinking the perfect cover identity would be as a mortician, or someone else involved with the disposal of bodies.

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012, 05:56:19 PM »
Now that you mention in it, I do not recallll any mention of burial.  If no cemetary was mentioned, then cremation would be quite reasonable.  HOWEVER, neither noble families maintaining crypts nor skaa burial plots along the field borders would be reasonable.

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012, 06:52:56 PM »
It seems like skaa are killed on a whim in many places, or just die from the various problems of poverty (malnutrition, disease, lack of shelter, etc).  This would make it a necessity for any city to have a method of disposing of corpses.  I can definitely see burial (especially mass graves) for skaa, though there wouldn't be any gravestones or other markers.

A kandra disguised as a mortician or a gravedigger would be able to acquire bones and hair rather easily.  It makes a perfect long-term cover identity while he works to fulfill his current Contract.


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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2012, 07:59:54 PM »
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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2012, 07:37:19 AM »
Honestly I assumed they did the same with the dead ska that they do with all the ash that falls from the sky: throw it in the river. Nobles probably treat their own dead much better, probably family mausoleums or the like.
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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2012, 10:37:01 AM »
Huh, I don't recall it ever coming up in the books.  I was thinking there was one instance where they were in a tomb, but thinking back I think it was just one of the Lord Ruler's caches.

Honestly I assumed they did the same with the dead ska that they do with all the ash that falls from the sky: throw it in the river. Nobles probably treat their own dead much better, probably family mausoleums or the like.

I can see this, though just throwing dead bodies in the river could cause serious health problems even for the Nobles.  Plus, the society seems to be a little more sophisticated than that in other areas.

So, with Skaa, they already have a system for dealing with copious amounts of ash so I figure they would be cremated and added to the existing ash removal process.  The most generous of masters may even give the immediate family a day off to mourn the dead.

I can definitely see Nobles running the gamut of burial methods.  Lesser nobles may be buried with headstones while the more affluent have mausoleums.
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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2012, 05:22:24 PM »
Sounds like a question for Brandon...

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2012, 06:20:34 PM »
Isn't there something at the very end of book three?  A gravestone or the like...  I swear I remember a funeral at some point too...

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2012, 10:53:10 PM »
I don't think we saw anything so clear. There were a couple bodies laid out, but no word on what happened afterward. (Names omitted to avoid possible spoilers.)

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2012, 01:56:48 PM »
I can definitely see Nobles running the gamut of burial methods.  Lesser nobles may be buried with headstones while the more affluent have mausoleums.

See, I would expect that nobles, if anyone, would insist on cremation since nobles (at least enough of the decision-making ones) know about kandra.  Skaa might have any manner of regionally varying traditions simply because they, in their general ignorance, don't have a specific reason to destroy bones.

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2013, 05:06:22 AM »
I don't remember that in the novels say anithing about it. But thinking in what the people believe is Scadrial about the mist and the legends about the mistwraiths I think they will burn the bodies. If everybody fears the mist you don't want your lived ones buried in the ground.

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2013, 02:48:28 PM »
I was looking through the novels and Dockson mentions a nobleman killing a female skaa after the nobleman was done with her, then returning her for burial. So, the skaa appear to bury at least some of their dead.

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2013, 12:51:15 AM »
Sorry to necro this, but the infrequency of activity on these boards makes Necroing seem way less of an issue. (what is the harm in Necro-ing by the way? I never got that...)


With regard to the topic, it was asked what people did with the bodies. At least as far as Nobles are concerned Shayna's story on 126 of the manual tells us something: Shayna is buried.
Interesting discussion, but I think rule of cool could reasonably trump mere science in a game about magic powers.   :P

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Re: Where do the bodies go?
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 09:02:33 PM »
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"The body had lain in the street for three days before a skaa corpse crew had finally come for it" Page 205/location 3894 from kindle version of The Final Empire

It's seems body disposal is just another menial task the skaa have crews for.