Possible alternative to the Grim Reaper (Animal Psycopomps)
I know the developers don’t want to go with the grim reaper for deaths because that would be too similar to the sims (and I agree) so I wanted to run this idea by people and see what they think.
In particular this part:
Psychopomps (from the Greek word ψυχοπομπός, psychopompós, literally meaning the “guide of souls”) are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife. Their role is not to judge the deceased, but simply to guide them. Appearing frequently on funerary art, psychopomps have been depicted at different times and in different cultures as anthropomorphic entities, horses, deer, dogs, whip-poor-wills, ravens, crows, vultures, owls, sparrows and cuckoos. When seen as birds, they are often seen in huge masses, waiting outside the home of the dying.
So! I was thinking it would be a really nice idea if Parafolk had Spirit/Soul Guides that took the form of different animals. (it could be based on personality or how they lived their life) Imagine when a Parafolk reaches the end of their life and an apparition appears in the form of a deer, owl or some other animal to guide them to the afterlife.
To give a visual idea, think of the patronus charm from Harry Potter: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/harrypotter/images/c/ce/Doe_next_step_module.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/340?cb=20161211222529
I think it would be interesting because they have the potential to be very different from the grim reaper while filling the same purpose.
Alternatively if anyone has watched a show called “Dead Like Me”, it involved some people becoming “Grim Reapers” after they died. So it became their role to guide those who had died to the afterlife. I feel like something like this would be better suited to a supernatural expansion pass though. (personally I think I prefer the animal spirit guide idea)