Gnomish Funeral Traditions
Gnomish Funeral Rights are, as per expected for their kind, a very dry and formal routine. Once the body has been prepared by a mortician, the funeral rights can begin. The body is held by the family, or corporation, the gnome was a part of in memorial for three days. During this time, friends and family can pay their respects by visiting the body which will often be held in a closed wooden casket somewhere in either the corporate office, or the family estate. There is rarely any fanfare or even service for the departed. It is seen as an eventuality all must face. The small service of remembrance is done purely for that. Remembrance. Once the three days have passed, the coffin is moved to the company or family vaults which are often located beneath the corporate headquarters or beneath the family home, or even in some of the grand crypts of Necropolis.
The current form of funeral rights is a fairly new convention. After the events of the Cataclysm, the amount of necrotic magic in the world massively increased. This can on occasion cause corpses to be reanimated as souless cadavers known as drugar, or on occasion, an okebuki. The gnomish funeral rights entered their current form during the height of the Clockwork Empire's power. With the emphasis on the needs of the corporation or the family above all else, the individual was devalued and as such, very little focus was placed on someone dying as it was seen as something that would be too costly.
When preparing a corpse for burial, the mortician will first drain the corpse of all blood. This is usually done by making a small incision in the subjects ankle, at which point the blood is let to drain into a dishpan which will later be disposed of. Once the blood has been thoroughly drained, the cadaver is usually treated with embalming fluid, replacing the subjects blood. The embalming fluid will slow the effects of decay, which in turn reduces the effects of necrotic magic upon the cadaver. Lastly, the corpses are often bound in rope to ensure that should the preventative measures fail, the body cannot easily pull itself from its place of rest. Once these steps have been taken, the corpse will be interred in a tomb dependent on the wishes of their next of kin or whoever within the community is placed in charge of remains.