Shortly after death the deceased's remaining household members will submit the body to cremation, then publicly announce their funeral celebration to allow members of the community to prepare for the event.
The celebration itself begins with a parade. Celebrants will usually wear a plain brown travel cloak to cover their own Portal Travel
markings for the duration of the parade. They cover their Portal Horses
with a specially prepared mud termed Remembrance
before riding behind the deceased's unmuddied portal horse on a lengthy parade through areas of importance to the departed. Sometimes the unmuddied horse will lead the parade devoid of a rider, while other times someone dear to the departed such as a spouse or child or close friend will drive the horse through the parade route.
Throughout the parade participants will sing songs, typically those of importance to the deceased although they could also be songs which remind the celebrants of the departed. Instruments may also be included in the parade provided they can be played on horseback. Once a song is complete anyone can begin singing another, and therefore large funeral parades tend to include several songs being sung at once.
The parade usually ends at the home of the deceased, although for especially large funeral celebrations the family will instead select a nearby location to host the feasting. Guests will remove their travel cloaks and wash any Remembrance
from themselves and their portal horses to display the vibrant colors so central to the Rol'nara
lifestyle. Celebrants gather for the scattering ritual where the remainder of their departed friend's ashes are spread on the winds, usually with the aid of Anemancy
, to allow their song to continue to spread their influence across the world.
The celebration concludes with a feast prepared using ingredients provided by all in attendance. These feasts last until the food runs out, which could take several days if the deceased was well-loved. Guests spend the time mingling, sharing stories and memories of their time with the departed, and groups break out into song with regular occurrence. Celebrants will also frequently depart and return throughout the festivities for longer feasts, depending upon their prior commitments.