The Iron Pyre
"Sila ulu elghinn ukt dro. Jous ukta nindel nindol zhah naut lil' xuz de' draevalen. Jous ukta nindel uk zhah yutsu ulu lil' har'dro dal vel'bolen uk zhahus rosin"Even the hardiest of foes and the most selfish of people have a funeral, and those who spend their time in the darkness find that light and earth are what they wish to return to.
- Last rites of the Iscoanian Dwarves
Rough translation: "Bring to death his life. Show him that this is not the end of times. Show him that he returns to the earth from which he was born."
The Last Light
When an Iscoanian Dwarf dies, they are not placed into a pit and buried. Nor even laid to rest with the treasures that they created and accumulated over their lives. They are placed on an iron bier, under which a pyre is constructed. Only those that wish to attend will come. Generally, however, direct relations will participate if only to watch their bloodline burn. After the pyre is lit and the flames start to eat at the body, the last rites are spoken by the Priests of the Iscoanian Dwarves. These rites ensure that the soul of the deceased travels into the earth to return again. In the rare circumstance that many deaths occur in a short time period, the bodies will be burned in manageable amounts. Though the process is largely unchanged for those situations.
The Earth in Sight
After the burning of the deceased, the ashes of the wood and the body are gathered in a small metal box and put into a vat. The vat is then filled with molten iron, melting the box and infusing both ashes and metal as one. The metal from that vat is then left to cool and is then melted down once more, to become components of machines needed by the Dwarves. After this process, the Dwarves do not feast, they do not mourn, they simply soldier on in the face of losing one of their own. Their community is not shaken; no bonds are broken. Possessions of the deceased are handed out to other clan members, based solely on the premise of one possession claimed per person and no actual value. This is the only time where the Iscoanian Dwarves don't place value on their belongings, and instead claim an item based on their time of arrival at the deceased's home