Weeping Plague Burials
The enormous death toll claimed by The Weeping resulted in altered death and burial practices. The terror of The Weeping caused many to flee the towns and cities, only to die in the countryside. This, coupled with the high death rate, meant that many went unburied. The sheer quantities of dead that resulted from The Weeping required an efficient system to dispose of bodies quickly. This resulted in rushed burials, with bodies less likely to be buried in coffins and instead merely wrapped in a shroud and buried in a pit. Many of the dead were collected at night by “Plague Drivers,” often destitute peasants, who would announce their presence with a bell and take the dead away for disposal. The families would sometimes leave a few coins in the victim’s pockets as payment. This was seen as a dangerous job, with many of these workers falling to The Weeping themselves.
Mass burials had been used prior to The Weeping, such as at a field of battle. However, earlier mass burials had a certain dignity with markers and bodies laid out neatly. During the peak of The Weeping, ceremony was often abandoned in favor of speedy disposal. In big cities, where The Weeping often struck worst, “Plague Pits” began appearing, with their location often hidden or forgotten in remote areas. Near Chevengrad for example, a public park known as the “Quiet Meadow” is now a giant mass grave with up to 5,000 victims.