I’m not sure if that already came up here, but I think this is too cool to not include in your games for Blades. As usual Atlas Obscura posted this some years ago (Link)
“WHEN A LOVED ONE DIED in parts of England, Scotland, or Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries, the family grieved, placed bread on the chest of the deceased, and called for a man to sit in front of the body. The family of the deceased watched as this man, the local professional sin eater, absorbed the sins of the departed’s soul.”
Now, let’s imagine the impact of life in Doskvol:
- Is this ritual a real one?
- Does the Sin Eater have to be a Whisper or just some talented person? Or is it a Spirit Warden (see below)?
- Is there a formal education / school of Sin Eaters?
- What do the Spirit Wardens think of this habit/ritual? What is the timing concerning this ritual and what the Wardens do with the body.
- What does the Extasy of the Flesh thinks about it?
- Is this just a fancy thing for the rich and famous?
- what’s the cultural background, like Akoros, Skovland, Tycheros, all of them?
A penny for your thoughts about this.