Dirge for Ammad
With very few exceptions, death in Ammad is treated as an impurity. It is unclean, and because of this, the handling of corpses is left to a group of people known as Bone Pickers. Some say that they can sense death’s approach, no matter how sudden, and that they hover like vultures, gathering before a person passes. Perhaps this is because they often arrive at the scene of a death before the authorities do, but whatever the reason, the Bone Pickers are seen as the fleas that feed on the vermin of the streets.
When the Bone Pickers show up, the first thing they do is remove anything of value from the body. Then, they take them back to the Mortuary Ward, where they are paid a flat per-body fee. Their income is augmented by the sale of items removed from the corpses they collect, as well as the occasional tomb robbery. Though reviled, they are allowed to remain in operation simply because of the valuable service they provide. Free of charge to individual citizens, they keep the city clear of corpses.
The Bone Pickers answer only to the Prince of Bones. An excruciating death is preferred to betraying him, and he counts leaving the life of a Bone Picker a treachery of the worst sort.