The Flames of The Honourable Keeper

While most keepers live out their lives, fullfilling their duties as maintainers of the swamp, others like to take it a step further. They become higher members of the order, organise gatherings between swamps, teach the younglings the ways of the keeper, and more. Losing such an important member of the community is painful for everyone.  
Dear friend, we bid you a heartfelt farewell. May our ancestors welcome you with warm and open arms on the other side of the veil. Let us mark you with The Honourable, for you have done so much for us. Please, watch over us and our children along with our forefathers and guide us forever more. Take to the moon and let them guide you safely. For whatever comes to pass, they shall protect you for all eternity.
— The Prayer for The Honourable
 

The White Fires of the Moon

When the twilight sets on the night of a full moon, all the nomadic tribes gather at the ruins of Juniper's Damned Alehouse. A few higher members of The Keepers Order also travel to the old ruins along with the body. According to their legends, these ruins have the closest connection with The Realm of Eternal Slumber and is therefore a perfect candidate.   Carefully, the prepared body is placed in a Swamp Floater. The tribe that The Honourable originates from makes the floater especially for this occassion. Tradition is to the wood of the trees that the person cared for during their lifetime. Slowly, it is pushed in the water for the ritual. Everyone present gather around the floater and stands in the water with it. The member with the highest rank stands in front of the body assuming the position as priest, and they clear their throat.   Softly, the gathering hums the Songs of the Honourable as the priest sings The Prayer of The Honourable. The prayer repeats three times as those present crecendo at every verse until the entire swamp can hear it. During the chanting, the full moon shows its face from passed the clouds. Its bright white rays cradle the slowly fogging Lonely Marshes. Its light naturally draws to the ruins where the singing has grown ever louder, as if they are trying to reach the Great Beyond.   When soon as the light reaches the swamp floater with the body, everyone takes a step back reaching the climax of the prayer. Soon after, it bursts into bright white flames. A beacon of light.
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The Song of The Honourable
Our friend, it's time to go
Always there, we shall miss you
Go over, beyond the veil
Your new life awaits

You are The Honourable
Your deeds forever in our hearts
Our thanks will never be enough
So instead, please take our song

Our leader, we'll always follow
No matter, where you will go
But now, we have to stay
To protect our homes

You are The Honourable
Your deeds forever in our hearts
Our thanks will never be enough
So instead, please take our song

Farewell, your time has come
Elune's here, she'll guide you
Slumber on, fam'ly awaits
Forever in our hearts

You are The Honourable
Your deeds forever in our hearts
Our thanks will never be enough
So instead, please take our song

Honourable, turn to flames
Honourable, travel safe
Honourable, our treasure
Honourable, our beacon of light


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26 Aug, 2022 23:25

I really like the added touch of the song and prayer.