A graveyard keeper works with corpses. They are obtained, can be altered and must be disposed of properly.
DonkeyThe more common way of getting a corpse is, to have it delivered by comrade - he's a communist - donkey. For more information, read about the morgue or the donkey.
ExhumationThe second way of getting a corpse is exhumation or - more colloquially - digging it up. For this, an
exhumation permission is needed.
Sometimes it makes sense to exhume a corpse, if you want to improve its stats, or get rid of it to raise your . If you rebury or cremate it, you'll obtain a
burial certificate, which nearly makes up for the costs of the
For more details, please refer to the morgue page.
Each corpse has a rating determined by the number of and . The number of each represents the sins and good deeds respectively which were performed by the corpse while they were living. The numbers are based on the body parts that are currently in the corpse. The starting total for a corpse are between 4 and 6 and 2 and 4 . By choosing which body parts to include, remove, or replace it is possible to achieve full 12 corpse rating on a body or exceed it. With the addition of the Game of Crone DLC, the new maximum skull amount for a body is 16, and can be fully utilized by new gravestones. Music Master has made a good quality guide for the 16 corpse rating.
For every a corpse has, it subtracts 1 from your graveyard when buried.
Corpses begin with 100% freshness, and begin decaying immediately after delivery. For every 10% freshness lost, a will appear on the corpse which counts against the corpse's rating.
Corpses decay very fast if left outside uncovered. You can slow corpse decay by bringing it into the morgue. Further methods of combating decay:
- Placing it on a pallet, double pallet, preparation place or embalming table slows the decay further.
- Placing it on a fridge pallet, preparation place II or embalming table II temporarily halts decay (until removed from it).
- A restore injection restores half of its current decay.
- A preservative injection permanently halts decay.
- Burying the corpse halts decay until exhumed.
If a corpse is taken to the preparation place immediately as donkey arrives at dusk and the player fully rests and returns, the corpse will fall to about 95% freshness, which is sufficient time left for a full autopsy and burial.
A corpse below 90% freshness (1 full or more) cannot be resurrected.
There are four possibilities to dispose of a corpse:
BurialCorpses can be buried in the graveyard, affecting your . The higher the number of , the better, with 12 being optimal.
CremationAs soon as you've unlocked cremation, it's better to cremate (burn) a corpse with bad stats on a funeral pyre, instead of burying it, which would lower your . It takes 8x
wood billets to build the pyre. Put the corpse atop and ignite it.
DumpingIn most countries, it is illegal to toss a corpse into a river. There are no known negative consequences if you do so in game.
As you won't get a
burial certificate for corpses you dump, this way of disposal is a financial loss for you.
RevivingThe last possibility to get rid of a corpse is to put it onto a resurrection table and to create a zombie from it. You first have to unlock Second chance by talking to Gunter.
As you won't get a
burial certificate for corpse you resurrect, this way of disposal means a short term financial loss for you, but you gain a source of free labor. It's not clear if reviving corpses is a legal act by the measure of the inquisitor. But who cares?