I'm sure six months of decomposition, even in an enclosed, low-humidity space, will have the bodies reduced to dry skeletons. By then, would you still have the classic dead body stench that sends characters recoiling? Or would it be more of a subtly putrid odor characterized by specific components of the smell?

Imagine a factory floor-sized space, enclosed, in a desert environment with 3 to five bodies. Heat is the kind of warm that would have you breaking a slight sweat walking around the block but not enough to leave you drenched. Almost zero humidity.

We're talking on full-on skeletons right? What would the smell be like?

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    $\begingroup$ This question don't look like one about worldbuilding. Also what reasearch you made that made you think that low-hum, desert like enviroemnt would make decomposition possible and not mumification? $\endgroup$ May 8, 2020 at 11:53
  • $\begingroup$ Bad. It would smell bad. Even under those conditions, you wouldn't eliminate all traces of flesh in six months. $\endgroup$ May 8, 2020 at 15:39
  • $\begingroup$ 6 weeks, 6 months, it depends what's been eating the flesh. $\endgroup$
    – Jasen
    May 10, 2020 at 5:46
  • $\begingroup$ youtube.com/watch?v=Np0hJGKrIWg $\endgroup$
    – Jasen
    May 10, 2020 at 5:51


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