The ghostwise halflings are different from the others. They are raised further away from common halfling communities, in rougher and less fertile parts of the west, scattered across Malkor. They live on scarce food and live a tough life. Learning how to survive from an early age is an essential part to any Ghostwise's survival. Those who call themselves Ghostwise know the value of honoring the ancestors, as they watch over their children whenever they would go. Above all else, family is of utmost importance, and without a family, nothing can survive.
The names of Ghostwise halflings are older, not names that have been heard throughout the Hills for many years.
Major language groups and dialects
Ghostwise speak an ancient dialect of halfling.
Common Customs, traditions and rituals
Ghostwise hold their own Festival of the Dead annually, and is often the only time that many Ghostwise tribes celebrate something together. Even the ancestors get a share of the festivities, and often Ghostly Theatrics is a very coveted source of entertainment.
Birth & Baptismal Rites
The Ghostwise rite of birth involves entering a specially constructed burrow, which is an extremely simple, small cave, lit up only by one candle.
Here, a couple of priests will pray to the ancestors while the mother gives birth, in the hopes that the ancestors will bless the coming child. Not being born through the rite is considered equivalent of a curse, and the Ghostwise pity other races for this.
Coming of Age Rites
When a halfling reaches adulthood in these communities, they must undergo a rite and attempt to communicate with the ancestors. The point isn't necessarily to succesfully summon a ghost, but rather to feel that you have been blessed by the ancestors to be admitted into adulthood. If the individual cannot perform magic, a priest will often assist.
Funerary and Memorial customs
The spirits of deceased Ghostwise will inhabit Ancestor Stones, and each clan, family, or village have their own troves of Ancestor Stones. Ghostwise bind themselves to an Ancestor Stone so that their spirit becomes encapsulated within that stone when they die, and they carry the stone with them until their last breath.
Often, Ghostwise consider things to be more beautiful the older they are.
The halflings that call themselves Ghostwise, often consider giving something ancestral or heavily tied to one's own family an ultimate gift to someone one loves. It's a tradition to exchange special trinkets upon a marriage between two Ghostwise.