Sacred Order: The Necrarbor of Spirit
The Necrarbor of Spirit is currently led by Elder Harbinger Thistle Blackbark. She and her Secret-Keepers are responsible for Death Rite administration and act as both the gatekeepers to the Ancient Cypress as well as the custodians of the vast sepulcher beneath. They carry staves of Cypress and their robes are the deepest shade of black. The colors associated with the Necrarbor are black and grey.
When a bunny dies, the entire warren pauses to celebrate that life. They are laid on the large stone altar at the center of the village. Unthinkable amounts of plants and flowers are heaped around the deceased and the 5 Acolytes spread out equally around the altar, facing outwards. The day is used by friends and family to visit and say their goodbyes.
The Elder Harbinger begins the Garden Rites at dusk. She reads the story of the Ancient Cypress Tree aloud and then family and friends are invited to speak. After the Garden Rites have been performed, the deceased is carried by the Secret-Keepers down into the sepulcher on an ornate stretcher made from Cypress and silk cloth.
The sepulcher beneath the Ancient Cypress is miles vast and organized by family. A large metal death pendant is fashioned by the Secret-Keepers and placed around the neck of the deceased.