Of Kings and Dragons
When a Varki leader dies, his body is prepared for burial like any other (with the entrails and brain removed and the body offered to the sky upon a platform), but within a week of death, all leaders must be brought to Icegraves for final rest. This region is a flat, lifeless plain of ice and rock where the funeral procession uses fire to melt a grave in the ice. It is into this ice that the leader’s body is lowered, dressed in finery and surrounded by various trinkets and worked goods that the clan can spare for eternal glory. The grave is then filled with water, which is allowed to refreeze, leaving an icy grave in which the leader’s body can still be viewed and paid last respects. Explorers who come across Icegraves are confronted with hundreds of unexpected faces peering out from icy graves, which are especially disconcerting to grave robbers chiseling through the ice in search of valuable grave goods.