Echoes of Heaven
The Church of Nikdin
Name: The Church of Nikdin or the Halfling Church.
Leadership: The vast majority of church leaders are non-spellcasting clergy as they lack the Divine Spark. Those with the Divine Spark blessing tend to be clerics. Inquisitors have a special place in the church, but more often take leadership positions in the various orders rather than leading an individual congregation. Although unlikely to accept (or even be offered) leadership positions, oracles are either respected or feared (depending on their mysteries). In general, oracles tend to be better respected by the non-human churches. Members of the Church of Nikdin are called Nikdinites.
Overview: The Church of Nikdin doesn’t dominate the Halfling way of life. Rather the Halfling way of life dominates the Church of Nikdin. Many Halflings still follow the Atavistic path, but they shape that religion to their lifestyle as well.
The Church of Nikdin holds services on every Godsday. They do not hold extra services exactly, but the priest holds a great potluck dinner every day. At this dinner he conducts a brief service.
During a normal service they begin with the sacrament of the Holy Wafer in the Divine Tongue, then the rites of service in the Divine Tongue. Finally, they end with a sermon in the vernacular.
The Church of Nikdin teaches respect for elders and love of family, as well as honesty and family values, including chastity before marriage. They technically teach to abstain from gluttony, but this isn’t taken seriously.
The Church of Nikdin has about as much corruption as the other churches.