Dead... and Back is a survival horror Role Playing Game. The Anarchy Zones is its official setting - aliens, reanimates, and the ruins of 2055 America.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Citizen Funerals (Version One)

"You've mentioned before, that you joined the colony effort because a sibling was murdered. I don't mean to be insensitive, but is there anything you can tell us about Citizen funerary rights? Is there a concept of an afterlife?"
   "It takes six days, though they're slightly shorter than the days of this planet. The first three are rather sad, as the family gives up their loved one. Any pictures they have of them are stored away, a gift at one time granted by the deceased is symbolically given up to another. The next three are quite joyous as they celebrate the rejoining of the dead with the greater spirit of the world. What is left of the dead person's effects are given as gifts - according to a list of last wishes if possible and their achievements remembered. Everyone content thereafter, they go on with their lives. If the death was other than natural, there is an unofficial seventh day, where everyone plots revenge, or pays tribute to everyone who died in the incident - or sometimes both if the war is that bad."
   "To what extent is this honor-killing allowable?"
   "For the sake of argument, its not. Most of the time, the planning doesn't go anywhere, or the revenge is merely symbolic, or meted out by the actual justice system. Sometimes it happens though. As usual, it depends on if this happened within the confines of a guild, family, or if its an international incident."
   "Are the dead buried, cremated, interned...?
   "So long as there is the sense that they have returned to the planet, it doesn't really matter. Going into space was a bit of a religious challenge - if they're lost is space, then what? Or if they return to a foreign planet? Most of us figure every world has a spirit, so it doesn't really matter. Indeed, they may be overjoyed to receive a citizen in addition to its normal creatures - honored that someone would make the trip."

1 comment:

  1. In less civilised areas, I'd imagine that the deceased is cremated four ways and then buried in a very deep hole. You don't want to risk them getting back up again!