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Death

This article is a massive Work in Progress intending to collect the funerary & end of life traditions of my world. It will be slowly filled with more information and child articles as time goes on!
 
"Don't get bitten by a dariga."
— Common sailor's farewell
Death, the defining quality of all mortal beings, and the one almost all of them struggle to avoid on all their actions.
As a cultural, social, mortal creatures, the societarians have dozens of traditions, beliefs and feelings associated with death.   While most cultures of the archipelago fear death, there is beauty and teachings to be found in the differences between how each nation treats their death and dying.
 

How to die as a Societarian

Civilization and technology made the societarians progressively reach older ages and made violent and sudden deaths less common. The usual causes of death for them are less varied now, but no less different from each other than before.  

Old Age

  If no unexpected reasons snatch the life out of them earlier, societarians tend to live between 70 and 90 years, after which their bodies, that become frail over time, get progressively less able to heal after the wear and tear that living provokes on one's body.

Societarian Violence

  Armed conflict, civilian attacks and creature attacks, in that order. Besides war and intentional attacks, Thorns is a condition that can make societarians attack and kill others of the same species, though it is fortunately rare and slow enough to prevent casualties derived from it.

Sickness & poisoning

  Societarians are extremely resistant to disease. Wound infection is almost unheard of for them, and in general, they can go through several years without getting bedridden at all. However, they are not immune to toxins like the one on cuppat's skin, and some diseases have been able to take their toll on the populations.   Blackout is an example of a societarian disease that, while now being treatable, has caused terrible, slow death in the past.

Creature Violence

  Tetsus, the other dominant species of the archipelago, have an instinctive, deep hatred of societarians, and will kill them with little to no provocation. They have been the cause of many slaughters like the massacre known as the Four peaks war.   Besides them, many other creatures pose a big threat for societarians, such as darigas being a big concern for sailors, or hapists and hopists snatching children for dinner.

Accident and disaster

  An untimely step, a careless hand, a sudden change in the wind's direction. Turns out variety is also the flavour of death.   While the progression into bigger settlements and safer routes made for a more stable life for societarians, it also created new threats for which the evolution of instinct did not have time to prepare societarians against.   Explosives, sharp tools, a new useful material turning out to be highly toxic and an unending list of anything you can find can turn lethal if you are unlucky enough.

The Rust

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Corrosion by Naelín
Technically, a disease. Maybe?
Seven years after the air above turned orange, the Rust or Corrossion has not shown any new cases, though the fear of it coming back prevails, and people try to now keep close to floor level.   The rust ate people, creatures, plants and objects without distinction. It crumbled empires and kickstarted revolutions. It is now a scar many people live with.

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Labour of Love by Naelin
Origin
Natural
Cycle
Chronic, Acquired & Congenital
Rarity
Common
Death Doula
Profession | Dec 29, 2020

People that devote their lives to guiding those that are going through the process of death, helping them sort their affairs and making them feel comfortable on their deathbeds.


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Cover image: A tetsu attacks a Dhalmanite by Naelin

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Grandmaster AzounIV
Luca Poddighe
18 Jan, 2021 10:23

Interesting start! Keep going with the good work... Just in case you haven't noticed most of the snippets are still in Spanish (or should I call it Argentinian?), I understand both so it hasn't affected my reading but it would be hard for others.

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18 Jan, 2021 11:41

Thank you AzounIV! I am going to start really getting into translating the old articles as soon as I finish the advent calendar and hero challenge, but in the meantime, I'm trying to at least translate the excerpts on the ones that get mentioned a lot. Time to translate the ones I'm mentioning here :p

Grandmaster AzounIV
Luca Poddighe
18 Jan, 2021 12:28

No worries! Sometimes I get the same problems even if the two translations are actually in different worlds, so I don't get them mixed... But I feel your pain!

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Sage Serukis
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
21 Jan, 2021 13:25

I'm very interested to see how this will be expanded later. I love it already. :D The different causes of death are really well described.

Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!