Coffins are used for the burial of dwarves or their cherished pets. While it is possible for the less caring fortress supervisor to simply designate a graveyard and have surviving dwarves sling their comrades into those, some prefer to construct coffins. They can be built from stone at a Mason's workshop (coffin), wood at a Carpenter's workshop (casket), metal at a Forge (sarcophagus) or, for the truly decadent, glass at a Glass furnace (coffin). They are listed in the uild menu as Burial Receptacle .
Providing a casket for your deceased dwarves is not simply an aesthetic decision. Relatives (or, in the case of pets, owners) of the dead will have unhappy thoughts generated if their loved has just been slung in a graveyard to rot. Also, rotting dwarves, like anything else, produce miasma, however placing a corpse in a coffin or casket prevents the smell from escaping.
Note that a coffin that's assigned as a tomb with an owner of "nobody" will not be used for general burial. To designate a coffin as being suitable for general use, place the coffin with the dwarf dies without a designated tomb, he will be interred in one of these designated coffins.uild menu as normal, select it with , then press to designate it as suitable for burial. You may wish to designate whether it's to be used for pets, citizens, or both (if you want to have segregated pet and dwarf cemeteries, or simply don't want to bother providing coffins for pets). If a
Once a coffin is occupied by a deceased dwarf it can no longer be redesignated. The coffin can still be removed and placed elsewhere as normal, however, should you need to relocate it. The contents will be deposited on the floor before moving it and be reinterred in the next available coffin, so you may wish to wait until the occupant has decayed to bones first to avoid generating miasma.
Interestingly enough, your dwarves will go through the trouble of burying all dead dwarves, including dwarves that fight against you in a goblin siege. Don't let their worthless carcasses desecrate your catacombs, give them burials fit for the treacherous scumbags that they are.
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