Half rotten corpses of deceased pilgrims are common sight on the golden stairs of Terran temples. Many get crushed by the feet of the masses, some die of old age or of hunger, or just get murdered by the feral gangs of the underworld in a robbery. Some even get sacrificed in a dark rituals by blood hungry cults of the Terra.
Still many pilgrims believe it is a great honour to die on the sacred land. The remains of the dead are often left on their own, to rot and get eaten by the rats and other critters, or worse – by poor hungry pilgrims.
It is fairly common to leave candles, relics or other small objects next to fallen pilgrims as a sign of respect. Some even pray next to corpses, trying to use the spirit of the fallen to get closer to the God Emperor.
The heavy feet of the Adsum move surpisingly gracefully amongst the dead while climbing up the stairs of the holy temple. His heavy steps are being followed by pilgrims and holy men, as it is much easier to get a route as a tail of a brute such Adsum.
The sick and half dead pilgrims ask for mercy as the Adsum passes by them. They scratch the bottom of the Adsum’s robe and his feet with their bloody fingernails in hope of his attention. Adsum’s attention is rare, but when paid, it is his heavy power hammer hitting the skull of the weak and crushing it to small bits.