Giving Coins Tradition / Ritual in Fortis | World Anvil

Giving Coins

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"Giving coins" is an important method of greeting widely used across Fortis. It is the standard in business dealings, and a great deal of thought and time is given to the exchange of coins at a business meeting to maintain appropriate status. (Namkuzu is often referred to during this practice, and prayed to for guidance by the organizers and good fortune by the participants.) Giving coins is compulsory; failing to exchange them before conducting any sort of business deals marks the interaction not only as underhanded, and likely illegal, but dishonorable.
Although the exchange itself is demanded by social mores, it can be done in whatever fashion one wishes. Coins can be thrown on the ground or gifted in boxes, and the presentation can often be associated with the original owner, the source of the coin, or the receiver. For instance, after a deal that goes poorly, unscrupulous merchants or politicians will often throw any coins received at the feet of beggars in hopes of shedding the ill luck with someone unfortunate enough to draw it away from them.. A common prayer to Namkuzu as one does this is, "May my part in this story end here." The coin received back from the beggar should be traded to someone inconsequential as soon as possible to complete the disassociation.
A child is given a coin when they come of age, and serious thought is generally put into who they will give this first coin to. It is often a favorite aunt, uncle, or teacher, but children are permitted to exchange coins with whomever they choose. A fairly common practice is for best friends to exchange them before they go off to trade with a childhood crush or favored adult.
It is considered unpleasantly stiff and formal to exchange coins with a parent, although this practice is regularly seen among the nobility and extremely upper-class merchants as a sign of respect and deference to the parent's authority.