Generational Aggregation Gamma

It is widely held that the peoples of Southern Areth, while similar in custom to their northern kin, maintained a more overtly spiritual lifestyle. This supposition is perhaps most clearly borne out by the many Generational Aggregation complexes found in southern Areth’s interior.

As a residential complex, the Aggregation system is a generational one that combines space for the living with space for the dead. Research from the Architectural Study and Preservation Agency suggests that these structures developed laterally from a central familial unit to compensate for generational growth over time. As the Arethean family grew in size, so did its Aggregation; each new generation was furnished with its own unit, slightly smaller than the one proceeding it.

Aggregation complexes comprising more than two generational structures invariably include mausoleum units as well. The parity of spatial allocation between living and dead would seem to suggest that the deceased maintained an “active” role in daily familial proceedings. Mausoleums, such as the one found in Aggregation Gamma, were capable of storing several generations of the dead, stacked along the walls of these structures in burial capsules (see figure below). XARA anthropologists believe Southern Aretheans regularly consulted the spirits of their ancestors, with whom they communed via a bench or day-bed centered in the unit. Mausoleums containing upwards of fifty capsules have been discovered at the largest Generational Aggregations, comprising up to twelve attached units.