Rite of Reunification
Return me to the earth, from where we were once part of.
The metalforged spend their lives replacing parts that become rusty or obsolete of themselves, effectively making them immortal in that aspect. However, when the magical core of a metalforged gives out it's last, the Rite of Reunification comes into play. In the rites, there is no difference between the burial of a king or an important advisor or a soldier between the metalforged. There is no special treatment to anyone and they are all given the same treatment in the rites than anyone else.
When the core of a metalforged gives their last, their body is disassembled, the various parts of their body are reused, and given new purpose depending on the quality of these materials. The deceased body is divided into two different groups; salvageable parts and rusted parts. Significantly rusted parts are used to make a marker for the deceased metalforged for their burial, while parts that are still of good quality are put into storage for use in weapons, tools or even as parts of other metalforged. The only part that is not repurposed in any way is the core. Instead, the core is buried exposed to the elements in the soil, effectively returning the stone to the earth, as the core represents the soul of a metalforged. By a form of instinct, they believe they should return to the earth, so that their people may benefit. As the magical properties of the core give in, it crumbles and becomes part of the same soil it is buried in. A metalforged are able to design their grave marker prior to death and can dictate what their parts are specifically reused for. If a metalforged is unable to provide this information for whatever reason, the blacksmiths themselves decide what to do with both the marker and the good metal parts.
Exceptions & Special cases
The metalforged believe death is a very important part of life, and if anyone was living with them that is entirely composed of biological matter, they will be asked how do they want to be treated in death. The metalforged won’t do anything lavishly for them but will do their best to keep the gist of the desired rites the closest they can. If the person dies before they can get such information, they are to be buried, and their marker is done with wood, instead of metal. Just like any other metalforged, they are to return to the earth. They also believe denying a proper burial is necessary to punish those that deserve it. The metalforged have no quarrels to what each individual has done in life, as long as they don’t betray the group or their ideas and beliefs. If a traitor dies in their territory, their body and core are melted or destroyed, or done whatever process the blacksmiths decide to have the traitorous metalforged’s body go through. They are not buried nor given a marker. Metalforged have no considered mass death, as they are peaceful species, but if there were ever to happen, all the parts of the metalforged that died would be melted away and their cores buried together. Same procedure for lack of space.
Metalforged blacksmiths both create armor, weapons, and tools for their people, and the closest thing the shurazan metalforged have to morticians. When a metalforged's core finally passes by any means, be it combat or just expiring, do the various smiths band together in removing the parts in an extremely efficient yet careful way, so as to not damage any of the parts. The blacksmiths often come to agreements on which blacksmith is going work on which salvaged recovered to repurpose them, should the deceased not wish for one blacksmith in particular to keep their parts. Meanwhile, the blacksmith apprentices are tasked with the creation of the marker with the rusted parts, as a way of learning how to respect their dead. Only those close to the metalforged tend to actually be present for the funeral. These are often the deceased's next of kin or close friends from abroad. But alongside this, every single funeral is attended by Heracles himself, king of the metalforged, who cares not for protection. He is more than ready to use a rowboat himself in order to get to the next island where the burials are done.