My players are in a plane hopping adventure within the setting for Sin20 (which I’ll be posting more about) and I was thinking about what simple little things could cause friction when interaction with other cultures.
As an example Japanese bowing carries different meanings at different angles.
- A bow at an angle of five degrees means “Good day” (simple greeting).
- A bow at an angle of fifteen degrees is also a common salutation, a bit more formal it means “Good morning.”
- A bow at an angle of thirty degrees is a respectful bow to indicate appreciation for a kind gesture.
- A bow at a forty-five-degree angle is used to convey deep respect or an apology.
So what bizarre customs have your players messed up?