I can’t do just 3! Sorry, have 4:
Be loud and proud! The Freeborn strive to be honest and direct. We try not to lie, and to take pride in everything that we do. Recently there were two famous groups of players, both of whom cursed the Marches or leading Marchers. One group did it subtly and secretly, striking from the shadows; the Brass Coast group in contrast loudly announced that they’re cursed the Marcher Senator, and said why. When Marchers came to complain, the Freeborn said “yes, that was us”. The Marchers unleashed the Rough Music on the entire Brass Coast camp to protest, with discordant noise and chants of “SHAME”. The Freeborn joined in the music, and wove it into a song: “We cursed your cows and we have no -” “SHAME”; “We’re loud and proud and we have no -” “SHAME”. Mind you, lots of the Brass Coast didn’t agree with the cursing, and they were very forthright in telling the group who did the curse that! We don’t hide our feelings.
By default we wear bling, and colourful patterned fabrics! Be aware that white and black carry strong meanings: white fabric and not wearing bling suggests poverty, someone not rich enough to dye their clothes; black fabric is seen as a curse, the colour of death normally only worn by corpses. Both can be used in costume, but both will elicit strong reactions. A Kohan group might wear black sashes, for example, acknowledging that they might well die in battle or saying that as outcasts from a family they might as well be dead. Meanwhile someone who sees bling and expensive fabric as a form of hoarded wealth might wear white, to make a point about prosperity. Both of those are very deliberate statements though, and will get reactions.
If you’re thinking of camping IC, be aware that we can be noisy until quite late! Lots of Freeborn enjoy partying, singing songs and being loud until the early hours. This can be lots of fun, but it’s not ideal if you’re a light sleeper. Bring ear plugs, or sleep in the OOC camp, or come join in the party! People are normally happy to have people joining in the party, but when you approach a fire or a tent or a party it’s customary to ask how much it is to join in: if people want you to be there they’ll say “1 Ring” or “a tale or a song” or (if they serve food/drink) expect you to buy something. If people are having a a more private meeting, they’ll demand a higher price…
Always include a break clause! For any sort of agreement (beyond the immediate “how much for X? Brilliant, here is that price”), write a contract. Contracts can be simple or complex, it’s up to you. But there must be a break clause. Breaking a contract is a Big Deal, breaking your word goes against our proud and honest nature. But if the contract contains a break clause, it means you can remove yourself from the contract if something more important comes up or you find yourself unable to fulfil it for whatever reason. “I will vote for you, or pay you a crown” means that there is a way you can bow out of the contract, if you suddenly realise it is important you must vote the other way (or if the other person offers you more and will cover the break clause!) ALWAYS include a break clause.