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An observation: when I was messing around with burying and recovering things, it seemed that they disappeared at regular intervals, regardless of how long they'd been buried. I think that items don't disappear after a certain amount of time being buried, but rather that the "underground" space or whatever you'd call it empties itself every x amount of time. (You can see this if you bury something, recover it ten seconds or so later, then bury it again immediately and keep doing that.)

When I did it in my passage room, stuff disappeared every... I think it was every minute or two. A short amount of time, anyway. Then when I tried it out in the terrains around Lancre and things lasted much longer... I don't remember if I checked to see whether they also disappeared at intervals. I'd assume burial basically works the same most places, but I also would have assumed that buried things would last the same amount of time, so.

(At this point I didn't really feel like going around to different places burying and recovering pennies at intervals trying to figure out which places had which amounts of time, or which places were "exceptions" if there's a "standard" amount of time, or whether other things affected it, etc.)

--Ilde 17:54, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Hmm, in the main hall of the Thieves' Guild, I buried a penny, then buried a burnt torch a few minutes later. After a while, I was unable to recover the penny, but I got the torch back. So don't think the underground resets itself every so-and-so minutes, unless it's an indoors thing. --Tabs 18:07, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
I went to the same place (well, one west of the main hall since it's less busy) and did this:
43:14 - buried derechmus
43:28 - buried empty spool
48:04 - buried penny
48:15 - recovered derechmus
52:53 - recovered spool and penny
53:09 - buried spool and penny
01:13 - tried to recover, "There is nothing buried here."
So... the first time I buried the spool, I was able to recover it after nine minutes and 25 seconds. But the second time I buried it, it was gone after only eight minutes and four seconds. Your experience is explicable if the penny was already gone when you buried the torch. (I was trying to duplicate yours, more or less--by burying two things at around the same time, I could recover one to confirm that the other was still there when I buried something else.)
--Ilde 19:08, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Oh, okay. I guess we can still only conclude that if someone wants to recover a buried item, don't wait more than a few minutes. Tabs 19:57, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Something falls off the wall and onto the floor, almost hitting you.
Something falls off the wall and onto the floor.

Is it possible for the buried item pushed off the wall in Djelibeybi to hit someone on the way down? Tabs 17:59, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Getting gp from burying corpses

To see whether there was any kind of cap on the amount of gp you could get from burying corpses, I went out and made a total of forty-eight corpses and left them all in the same room. I then prayed to use up my gp, and buried as many as I could at once (this turned out to be twenty, since you can only bury twenty items at once). I got back 200 gp: 10 per corpse. Repeating it, I got another 200 gp for the next 20, and 80 for the last 8.

It seems that you get 10 gp per corpse no matter how many you bury at once.

I also left some to decay, and I got 90 gp (the expected amount) for burying "four somewhat decayed remains of corpses and five decayed remains of birds".

--Ilde 05:00, 14 January 2013 (UTC)