So this was just an idea I had started kicking around in my head for a while. How do you think Arthakans would go about funerary rites? There have been references to deaths of major political figures such as King Matoro in the Brickonicle series bible. Here are a couple ideas I have in mind
The people of Mangai favor cremation of the body, namely for soldiers who have died in the line of duty. A eulogy is read by the Primo Solae, once a major social class of Mangai in days of yore, now little more than a cultural figurehead who attends functions such as these. The Primo Solae names the immediate relatives, and says a prayer for them allowing the spirit of the deceased to bestow upon them strength to continue towards the future. The body is set alight, while a bundle containing the deceased’s weapons and Kanohi is given to the family, along with an urn containing the ashes. The surviving family members will customarily place it in a family shrine,
Though the Tiroans are an intellectual people, they also hold great respect for the traditions of the past. Their funerary rites are perhaps the most conventional, usually consisting of a simple burial of the body with a gravestone carved to mark the site, though other materials may be used if a stone is not readily available. Among Tiroan’s farming communities, some plant fruit-bearing trees on the plot of land where the body is buried. The trees are tended to by the family members, and some believe the fruits are blessed by the spirits of the deceased and are harvested for a great cultural festival where families celebrate the spirits of the deceased for laying a solid foundation for them and giving them a bountiful harvest for the season.
The people of the Naho region favor funerary rites similar to that of a Viking funeral. A canoe is paddled out to sea with a small sail boat carrying the coffin of the deceased. Once the Arbiters sailing the canoe have travelled far enough beyond Naho’s waters, they let the wind against the sails guide the boat away, and paddle back to shore on a kayak.
The Motarans do not have any set funerary rites. In times of old, the ruling class would have tombs built containing all of their greatest treasures before the Great Bank was established. It was not unusual for other rulers, including the Merchant Kings, or even nomadic tribes to loot these tombs, usually employing Dark Hunters to do the work. The Shadowed One isn’t one to complain, as long as he gets his cut of the reward. It hasn’t been unusual for him to send Dark Hunters after other robbers, even if they are fellow Dark Hunters themselves. If a nomad is found lying in the desert, someone else will usually just give the body a once over to see if there are any valuables on them worth stealing, then simply leave the rest for the Rahi buzzards.
As was the case with Tiro, the Ihuans favor conventional burial rites, but with less emphasis on the harvest aspect, being a frigid, mountainous region. In the case of the Royal family, a statue is erected of the deceased to act as a grave marker.
And that’s about all I’ve got…Kanae is a bit of a toss up…maybe it’s like George Carlin where you fly the body out to a certain place, drop it, and just leave it wherever I’m open to suggestions.