Having built the station at Burrow-Infra-Mump, you see the ruins of a church. As the esteemed Director of the Great Hellbound Railway, you have no reason to found a church, but why would a personage such as yourself need something as mundane as a reason?
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Possible outcomes and their impacts
The outcomes of the Church in the Wild story line will enable different grinds in Burrow-Infra-Mump (all for one action per item, subject to various attribute checks):
From a power-gaming perspective, the Anglican variant will lower the costs of Wing of a Young Terror Bird from around 1.09 actions (via Duplicate the wings of a Young Terror Bird) to 1 action. The Wild variant will lower the costs of Glass Gazettes from 1.76 actions (via How much research and how much dream?) to one action. Hell gives you the best source for Human Arms, twice as efficient as Acquire human remains from the criminals (and without being limited by favours).
(It should also be noted that none of these three items are essential: Glass Gazettes are horribly inefficient in Lost in Strange Lands even if grinded for one action, Human Arms are amongst the least interesting ways to assemble a skeleton. This leaves Wing of a Young Terror Bird, which seems marginally useful, where the Church-based grind is only minutely more efficient.)
Queer Souls, Sworn Statements and Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits are more easily obtained using the actions Rob the Museum of Souls, Ambush an Aging Detective and Burgle a Public House when you are also interested in Echo grinding. Tin of Zzoup is more efficiently bought than grinded for and if you need Vienna Openings for some reason, the best way to get them is to Ambush a courier and then Recognize an opening.
Arguably, the most important decision is not the overall outcome but the dedication of your church.
If and only if you dedicate your church to a Custom-Made Saint, this will allow you to build a statue dedicated to said saint. The statue card will then lower the cost of Flourishing Ribcages from 11 actions (via Create a Flourishing Ribcage) to only three actions (which all require Under the Statue at Burrow-Infra-Mump) while also yielding 4.5 in items and giving a Prismatic Frame on a rare success.
On the other hand, if you dedicate your church to the Drummer, you will be able to Invite the Drummer to your Railway Board for the cost of only 3 x Verse of Counter-Creed} (approximately 37.5) instead of a False Hagiotoponym ( 62.50). The Drummer has absolutely no objections to voting for dividends or to kicking the Tentacled Entrepreneur off the Board.
Last things first
The crucial part of founding your church is how your Church: Evangelism and Church: Isolationism; Church: Ostentation and Church: Humility; and Church: Orthodoxy and Church: Iconoclasm stack up during the Bishop's Inspection at the end. During the inspection, a series of comparisons are made for each pair. The file below can be read by starting from the top and following the lines.
Afterwards, depending on Ostentation and Humility, you have the opportunity to change your final result if you have selected a patron:
- Ostentation > Humility
- The Diocesan Church of Hell can be switched with the Counter-Church in the Wild and vice versa
- The Church in the Wild can be switched with the Anglican Church
- Humility > Ostentation
- The Church in the Wild can be switched with the Counter-Church in the Wild
Selecting a Deacon, Catechist, and Lay Minister
Dedication, Style, and Liturgy
Parish Clerk, Church Mouse, Patron
It is not necessary for you to expand the Parish Council. However, why would you not?
Graveyard, Collection, and Pilgrims
The Drummer, the Mission, and the Unbishop