Waste not, want not.Cadaverurgy is the art of butchering the many monsters of Araea and turning their remains into the things needed to survive. From the darkest corners of the Far Deep to the scorched and blasted Surface, wild beasts and terrifying horror is a resource never in short supply. The forges of Cadaverurgists are rarely quiet and the results of their craft can be found across Araea.
We were made without fangs or claws, without scale or hide to shield us. We made our own.Although they are not always as durable or tough as iron or steel, Cadaverurgy supplies much of Araea with everything from household items to arms and armor. Swords and daggers are made from talons and teeth, bones are turned into combs, buttons, axes, and cutlery. Nothing is left to waste, from Chitin made into clothing to internal organs left to bloat in ichor than used as crude weapons. What can't be used is ground down to a slurry and fed to either the insect ranches or the poor.
The quality of gear made with Cadaverurgy range from cheap and disposable to unique. The monsters of Araea come in all horrifying shapes, with scales that turn away spears to eyes that gleam like gems. Most common items are usually inferior to metal, but markedly cheaper. Other times, they have no clear comparison, like hallucinogenic ichor or acidic blood. In regions where metals are abundant, Cadaverurgy is either used to provide for the very poor or the very wealthy. These settlements can afford to be more selective and often pick corpse-parts that provide properties not easily duplicated elsewhere.
Cadaverurgy workshops are usually located outside or at the edges of a settlements, sharing a space with hattick tanneries or Chitin stewing facilities. Here, Cadaverurgists carve, cut, butcher, and drain corpses. Apprentices and workers haul and hang body parts from hooks or stack them on each other in caves for later use. These caverns smell of death, both fresh and old. The floors are colored with dried blood and ichor. This work is not for the faint of heart.
Cadavers And Commerce
Beyond tools like saws, blades, and mallets, Cadaverurgists use acids and fungi to help soften up hard material for molding or cleanse a shell of flesh. Bugs similar to the ones used by the Shikei to clean skulls are sometimes let loose in the facility to clean up any scraps that fall to the floor.
Forge of Bones Located near Dhanû, Izhaso is one of the most infamous forge-cities dedicated to the art of Cadaverurgy. In its sprawling cavernous forges, a steady stream of felled beasts are butchered and reformed. The Forge of Bones is so busy that it is said its ichor-slick floor never dries. Read More About Izhaso
ChitinOne of the most commonly used components is Chitin. The shells, carapace, and armor of a wide range of critters are used to create clothing, armor, or jewelry. While the art of Chitin-crafting is generally considered separate from Cadaverurgy, the two share many techniques and often work in the same space. Read More About Chitin
Zaveru IceNot all corpses are so easy to find. When a Zaveru dies, it melts and leaves behind transmuted ice. This ice is stronger than steel and screams in the wind, worth well beyond its weight in gold. Read More About Zaveru Ice
The left-overs from the day of crafting is often gathered into a pile and ground into a thick paste, then boiled in a cauldron. Fresh fungi or bugs are added to fill it out and resulting "Corpse-Stew" is fed to the workers.