Okay let me start by offering you a warm welcome. It is good to see a new face and I think it is commendable that you are doing a bit of research. There is a wiki so if you want you can skip all my facts and go there and then just come back and look at the last few paragraphs which are more about IC.
THE FACTS ABOUT THE BRASS COAST
When spending time in the brass coast, imagine money a little bit like ice cream on a hot day. You want as much ice cream as possible but it melts very quickly and flows away. You will have to pay in game currency to even sit down with a group unless they are your IC family. Coin is so important that it is imbedded in their superstitions. I think it something about a coin can gain luck from a good deal and that luck and be pasted on by passing the coin. People may keep hold of a particularly lucky coin but they are more than happy to part with most of their money if it means they will get more back.
You don’t have to be related to be family but once you are family, your loyalty is very important.
Bells are fairly popular accessories for people in the brass coast. You will most likely hear someone from the brass coast before you see them however you don’t have to wear the bells.
Your clothes are you own and it is thought that your soul imprints on them. This means you do not share them and when you die, they are burnt. You should also avoid wearing white as it symbolises poverty or black as it symbolises death. Kohan will sometimes wear black before a battle. The Kohan are people who have started off without a family and usually are warriors or body guards for the hakima.
The hakima are the scholars and magic users of the brass coast.
Honesty is very important especially when a contract is involved. If you make a contract with someone then you must stick to it but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a bit devious with the creation of the contract, as long as you are honest.
For example, you may have a cake that someone wishes to buy. If you believe it is worth 5 rings then you can offer it to them for that even if it should really only be 3. If they accept it at that price without any battering then more fool them.
If you want to look into good virtues that link with the Freeborn then I suggest looking into prosperity, Loyalty and pride. Prosperity is all about having wealth but also sharing it. In the brass coast you will do this a lot. As I mentioned family and loyalty are interlinked. Pride is always a good one because there are few nations that aren’t proud of who they are and what they have achieved.
Look into all the virtues a little bit because religion is fairly important on the surface of anvil. Also look into the three sisters.
THE SOCIAL STUFF
If you are unsure then talk to the egregore. If you can’t find I think the brass coast have three, flame, dust and glass which are symbols of the brass coast. I have found the people to be very friendly in all camps at anvil so you shouldn’t have too much problem talking to people. If they are annoyed with you then remember it is most likely IC unless they have taken you aside and told you otherwise or it is clear you have done something OOC that would require you to be spoken to.
During the evening the people of the brass coast like to sing songs round their campfires or go drinking if they are not otherwise engaged. This is probably true of most nations as well. If you want to join a campfire, simply walk up and offer them a ring. If they ask for a crown then they are probably busy and so it is best to go and find another fire. If they ask for a throne then they are being rude to you and you should be offended but they won’t do this when they haven’t met you.
If you know any song then maybe sing them or you can just listen. You could also take some food to share and it may also allow you to sit down without having to pay as you are giving a service.
It can be quite scary as all social interactions can be but sometimes it is just about making your tongue act before your brain can. A simple greeting should start you off. Maybe try and play a character that is a little bit bolder so when you get into character you might be able to pick some of that up. You can alternatively start off by remembering it is a game and using that as a way of letting yourself know it is all for fun.
What does your character do? If they are a magician then they can go to the hall of worlds and make friends there with all the other magicians. If they are priest then go to the synod. There are also a few places open around the place. They are most taverns but there is also the hub and the imperial offices where you can find work.
You can also try talking to people OOC while in the food lines for the OOC food stalls. This is a good place to talk to people because if you make a mistake then they can’t hunt you down for it IC because they haven’t met you. It is unlikely that you do make a mistake because we are all in a similar boat which will probably be a group of smelly, damp and tired people waiting to get food.
It will be hard to know what to do until you are actually there. You will get nervous and things will feel strange but you will get a really exciting buzz that you will never forget. Your first game will always be special as long as it wasn’t a miserable one, simply because it is your first game. You will learn a bit how people work while on the field.
If I am there next event then feel free to come up and talk to me. I’m not sure yet if I can come along (hopefully I can). If am going I will gladly give you my description so you can find me. I hope this helps and if you need any more advice, just ask.