Death

Burial Customs of the RandomDM

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RPG BLOG CARNIVAL this month is focused on Life and Death in RPG.  The Contribution here at the RandomDM is simple and inspired.  A random table to quickly create and inspire death rites for your games.  Talk circles around how festivals and holidays can add depth and breadth to your game.  So can the simple act of death. 

The act of celebrating death has given us three of the Wonders of the World.  The Pyramids, the Taj Mahal, and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.  It has given us stories of great deeds and games leading to establishment of gladiatorial combats. 

So here it is, a table that can help you easily and quickly come up with funeral rites for your game.

2d4-1 GRAVE TYPE 1d6 MOURNING PERIOD
1 Set out to sea 1 1d10 Days
2 Mausoleum 2 1d6 x 10 Days
3 Tomb 3 1d4 Weeks
4 Grave 4 1 Year
5 Crypt 5 7 Days
6 Left out to the element 6 1d4 Months
7 Under a tree    
       
1d8 BURIAL GOODS 1d4 LENGTH OF SERVICE
1 Household Goods 1 d6 x 10 minutes
2 Trinkets 2 Day
3 Food 3 1d6 hours
4 Jewelry 4 1d6 Days
5 Furniture    
6 Spouse    
7 Pets    
8 Armor/Weapons    
       
       
1d10 CUSTOMS
1 Interred in a site no more than 1 hour journey from the location of death
2 Body remains in the home of the deceased until immediately before service
3 Remains are oriented towards the ‘Holy Site’
4 Ritual washing of the body
5 Watchers stay with the body around the clock until the service
6 Crying out, wails are expected from the bereaved
7 Animal sacrifice
8 Smoking during a funeral service to keep evil spirits away from the newly released soul
9 Holy symbol must be interred with the remains
10 Offered to a beast for consumption
       
1d8 EXTRAS
1 Buried with Goods
2 Spells for preserving body
3 Release Ceremony, 10 days after the funeral there is a release ceremony to release
  the soul from earth
4 After the mourning period speaking the deads name could summon their soul back
  to earth
5 Destruction of the deceased goods, to release them from earthly bonds
6 Turning of the bones, every 7 years a graveyard is dug up and the bones are danced
  with to shake the remains of the soul off the bones
7 Funeral Games held to distribute the earthly goods of the deceased
8 Feast to celebrate the life and stories hosted by the family to proclaim the greatness
  of the deceased
1d6 FUNERAL PROCESSION
1 The Family carries the remains
2 Animals carry the remains
3 Male members of the family carry the remains
4 Female family members carry the remains
5 Strangers carry the remains
6 None