Ritual at the Pillar of Tears
Things are not all silliness and sunshine in Weirdsville. The Weirdos also know sorrow and sadness. I found this out one night when I followed some Weirdos to the center of town where there was a tall pillar adorned with three eyes. I had seen this structure before, but the eyes were always closed. This night I found out why they called it The Pillar of Tears.
When I got to the circle there was already a line forming next to the pillar. When everyone had arrived and the moon was high in the sky the first Weirdo stood directly under the eyes on the pillar. One by one the eyes opened and looked around. They saw the Weirdos all lined up and began to cry. The Weirdo standing under the eyes, who happend to be Magnifico the Great, the resident Weirdsville magician, closed his eyes, opened his mouth and sang a keening, wordless song. The tears from the pillar fell on him, drenching him in liquid sadness. After a few moments Magnifico opened his eyes, heaved a deep sigh and smiled. He then bounced off into the distance, whistling to himself as if he hadn't a care in the world. Another Weirdo took his place under the eyes to be cried upon.
I found out later I had witnessed the Ritual at the Pillar of Tears. Every month the Weirdos gathered at the pillar to be cried upon and have their sorrows and sadness washed away. On that night every Weirdo in Weirdsville left the circle in the center of town happy and looking forward to life. However, that wasn't the only purpose the Pillar of Tears served.
On another night I noticed all the Weirdos were headed for the center of town, and I wondered what was going on. It wasn't the right night for the Ritual. When I got there most of the Weirdos had formed a circle around the Pillar of Tears. The eyes were already open and crying, forming a pool on the ground. The Witch was beating a rhythm on a drum and chanting. Off in the distance another group of Weirdos appeared, carrying something between them. When they got closer I could see they were carrying another Weirdo; a Weirdo that had been in a terrible accident earlier that day. A boulder from the Mountains of Madness had fallen on this poor Weirdo and crushed the life out of him.
As the group approached the Pillar of Tears a mouth appeared in its side. The Weirdos solemly placed their dead friend inside the mouth, which then closed. All the other Weirdos drew close to the pillar and allowed themselves to be drenched in tears, while The Witch continued her chant. A short time later the eyes on the pillar closed and a plume of smoke rose from the top of the structure. After a while each Weirdo drifted off, silently, into the night. I had witnessed a Weirdsville funeral.