The Bearing of Bad News

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johnmkimmins
The Bearing of Bad News

I thought there's a related topic to greeting customs.

What do the different cultures ddowhen they inform someone of a death - especially when telling a relative?

Would a caller bearing bad news knock at a door and remove his hat when the occupier answers?  Do they perhaps remove their cloaks and drape them in a particular way, or stand at the road next to the dwelling and blow a horn?  

 

howardrbrandon-RF
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Olarans would bring the body back on a shield, or bring the sword and shield. Very solemn, very military. I would imagine.

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Steven C
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In my non J&L campaign the Olarans that my players ended up working with were different. Of course this was only one rapid reponse and 'Illegular' unit so it could have just been unique.

The 31st Mobile Irregulars (Ironsides' Spear), commanded by Anvil-lord Samil Ironside, had a different tradition with the dead. Each member had a Shield, Axe/Sword and one personal item that was sentimental to them over all things. When someone died these three items where retreived and the body was destryoed and buried if possible. After a nasty raid into Childer breeding ground that ended in success the Players questioned Ironside on the tradition. The Anvil-lord's reply was "The 31st lives for their family and dies for their country" and it was a tradition among them to keep the body where it fell so that it could continue to protect that which needed it the most, Olara itself.

Afterward, when possible, the shieldmates to the fallen soldier would travel to the fallen village with the items for whatever honoring was deemed fit for the village. Before leaving the shieldmates would offer succor and assit the family with everything they could, the harvest, repairs, bandits suppression, etc.., before returning to their families themselves. The Anvil-Lord would compose a letter to the loved one of every member of the fallen telling them of their deeds and personally deliver said letter. 

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My only concern for this and it comes from another RPG Legends of the Five Rings. With the presence of Darkness and Necromancy, it would be incumbant upon the Olarans to render their dead incapable of being "weaponized" and turned against their own. As every company may not have Magic users, it seems highly probable that they would burn their dead; especially in military situations. I could see them placing a pyre over a grave and burning the bodies down, then burying the men where they lie. 

Just, Necromancy. I cannot see any of the warrior traditions even remotely close to the North NOT destroying the bodies. 

This is really something for our Culture experts. 

Hmmm...some serious consideration here.

Really good questions.

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DavidFredricksonJr.
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Preventing someone from being raised would be a good idea. Pyres are good for that sort of thing.

Est Sularus oth Mithas.

johnmkimmins

My Olaran adventuring on Sky Island is trying to get the natives to burn bodies rather than bury them in the ground or at sea.  They're not ready to take notice of the novice ranked outsider.  Yet.

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Yeh, I gotta think Cremation would be a key Olaran tradition.

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That also depends on what Necromancy can and cannot bring back. While cremation would be the preferred method, can a Necromancer raise a headless zombie or skeleton? Can damage to the face/head or body be done in such a matter that an undead cannot be raised from the remains? While most zombie stories of today require the brain, skeletons generally don't need that but is the destruction of the entire body really the only way to stop them from raising?

In the case of the 31st Mobile Irregulars they did destroy the body, if possible, as I noted in my post. At the time they weren't able to burn the bodies as to do so would have alerted the pursuing Childer to their location so something else was done to the bodies. I didn't go into the details as to what at the time.

In this same non J&L adventure the PCs ended up in The Eternal Desert tracking a cabal of Necromancers that was looking to raise an army of undead from a necropolis of the Empire of the Golden Sun (The Empire in this adventure had a strong Ancient Egyptian theme). The cabal tried to raise all these undead and failed... the Empire practiced mummification and something about the process stopped the raising of them as undead. It shocked the Vainar out of the Necromancers when their army failed to raise and they couldn't figure out why. One of the PCS quipped that for followers of the God of Knowledge these Necromancers sure didn't have that (or something to that effect).

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Yes, Skeletons are a common footsoldier for Darkness. So, they can reaise skeletons and mummies a ghouls and zombies. Utter destruction seems the most... expeditious route. But, removing the head is another way of dealing with the issue. Though, I would imagine that head removal would be used for enemies, ritual cremation would be used for Olarans. Just my two cents.

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