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The Mahn-Tor Catacombs
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Burial rites exist in many cultures to prevent spread of disease and vermin. Ritualism helps survivors mark the passing of the dead and continue past the event into their future. Such rituals are a bon voyage to the dead, releasing them into a distant afterlife in a heaven, valhalla, or other paradise.
To citizens of Mahn Tor, death rites for distinguished members of society are meaningful. Great warriors are venerated in huge, ritualistic funeral pyres amid battle cries of the surviving warriors. Thus their souls are relieved of their mortal bodies, can join future battles, assisting those they died for.
Great leaders and monarchs, though, are decorated and entombed in icy catacombs beneath the Keep. Though seldom visited, they are remembered in the thoughts of all citizens. Through the attention of their progeny and people, they're kept in a revered state of immortality where they may be consulted by future generations of Mahn-Tors.