Halda

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“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

(Exultation, Restoration)

Tenets: Give what you have to those who need it, for a community is only as strong as its weakest members. Selfishness is the greatest sin, for it means to receive without giving; do not tolerate the venal, the corrupt or thieves. No single person, nor their ideals, is worth more than the whole around them. Have regard for each thread in the weave, for a community is made of many different kinds and all have value.

Overview

Halda is the god of community, loyalty and trade. Despite many of the their followers being of humble origin, they are by no means a humble god – indeed, some have said that they are the most demanding of all the gods due to their need for constant devotion to others. As well, many rulers from the royal to village elders call upon Halda in order for the wisdom to rule well.

Halda teaches that no soul is truly alone, for we will all depend on each other at some point. Because of this they are the god most associated with charities, hostels and communal works. Their association with trade also means that guilds tend to have iconography of Halda scattered about, particularly those that require loyalty from their members.

Worship

Most worship of Halda takes place in the form of group activities, particularly choral singing or dancing. At festivals it is customary to swap gifts, and perform other important ceremonies such as weddings or birth celebrations where the newest members of a community are presented to the world. Temples of Halda are therefore quite spacious (or even just open spaces), and are decorated with whatever the community around it can make with their own hands.

Priests of Halda are not specifically required to be gregarious or sociable, but usually end up that way anyway. They are usually a welcome sight no matter where they go due their reputation for generosity, though their harsh view of thieves and cheaters makes their presence in less law abiding areas risky. There are no particular rules of dress, but most will clothe themselves in materials exchanged with their parishioners for gifts or service. Surprisingly Halda has quite a few paladins under their service, as communities will inevitably need protecting. Most of her practitioners, whether combat trained or not, will also train themselves in mundane skills as well in order to better serve the needs of others, such as healing, crafting goods, farming and hunting.

Iconography and Trappings

The most common symbol associated with Halda is a braided rope tied in a circle, or a chain of many materials. Two clasped or touching hands, communal animals such as deer and flocking birds, and an interwoven web or net are also popular icons. Though any colours might be used, red and brown are particularly associated with Haldaran iconography due to early portrayals in dwarvish texts.

Most rituals to Halda require group participation within a linked circle. There are no particular materials required due to the egalitarian views on such, but anything used must have been contributed by the participants and all must contribute.

Worship of Halda

A breakdown by nation of those who follow Halda.